The Pear Tree House was a perfect example as to how we see the world in a different light once we're a few years older, wiser and slightly more easily annoyed than in our youth... John brought me here on a rainy day, saying "I used to come here all the time when I was at university, it was brilliant!" But after about 10min inside surrounded by 'the gems of tomorrow' he admitted: "Gosh, were WE that annoying when we were students? They're really getting on my nerves!"
Pear Tree House was opened as a simple bar in 1982. Situated close to Edinburgh University, it attracts a mixture of students and local customers.
I love historic buildings that are still in use today, be it as a pub or restaurant, a shop or even an apartment / office building. The history of this building is evident in the prints on the walls, the collection of historical Scottish literature and the plaque above the door that reads 1749! Originally a residential house, the wealthy citizens of Edinburgh were entertained here by a succession of local figures.
Draught and bottled beers, a wide range of spirits, liquors, wines and single malt whisky are on offer. They also serve typical pub food / titbits such as sandwiches. This is also one of the few old-fashioned Edinburgh pubs that has a limited number of cocktails on its menu.
We enjoyed a drink here to get out of the rain and it was fairly busy inside, but to be honest I don't think the pub itself is very special or extremely popular with clientele other than the nearby university students. However, come here on a sunny day and you'll probably have to fight for a space in their beer garden!
> Positive: A massive beer garden (a rarity in Edinburgh) that's great for live music and frolicking al-fresco in the summer months.
> Negative: A bit pricier than other pubs... frequented by some occasionally annoying 'wanna-be-or-born-as-upper-crust' students from the nearby university.
(Sorry; I don't have any photos from the exterior of this pub as it was pouring with rain when we were here.)
Dress Code *
Smart-Casual: No leathers or football colours.
No children or dogs permitted indoors or the garden.
Fridays & Saturdays: 11:00am-01:00am.
Head to the pubs in the evenings for one or two (or more) pints of that warm, thick, dark, frothy, wonderful beer that they serve. Goes down very nicely after a good greasey meal.
Aside from the beer, finding live music being performed can really add to the atmosphere.
Dress Code Come as you are.
Most people visiting Edinburgh probably get drawn to the West End of Princess Street/Lothian Road area as being the most obvious place to go out for a bit of nightlife. My advice would be to ignore this part of town unless J-Lo and Britney are your music of choice and you like a bit of a punch up at closing time.
Check out the Old Town, Broughton Steet and the Southside to find Edinburghs cooler bars.
You will be spoilt for choice for an evening of entertainment in Edinburgh.
The bars are famous, packed into the city in incredible numbers, and with the doors open later and longer than anywhere in Britain. Some thrive on their traditional feel -- and you'll find the impromptu fiddles and drums of Scottish music an inspiring contrast to jukebox muzak.
On Leith Walk and Broughton Street, on George Street and under the great gloomy arches of the Cowgate, you'll find bars and bands playing until the small hours. The question is - can you last the pace?
Dress Code Anything goes unless you are entering the trendy clubs where jeans and trainers are not allowed.
Plenty of pubs in Edinburgh and the good thing is the late licence - unlike its counterpart capital city south of the border! Grassmarket is a strip with a few bars next to eachother.
Plenty of clubs too!
pubs to mention - sportstars sports bar on market street, below the scotsman hotel, take the stairs off north bridge.
the wetherspoons pub on george street, always packed.
This leisure complex hosts a number of restaurants as well as a cinema, health club, bars and so forth. Restaurants include Filling Station, Frankie & Benny's, The Glasshouse, La Tasca, Lloyds No. 1 Bar, Pizza Hut and The Slug and Lettuce.
We visited Frankie & Benny's for lunch during my weekend in Edinburgh in September 2012.
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Dress Code No special dress requirement. For more the upmarket restaurants and bars, smart casual.
Edinburgh has lots to offer in the evening. There are multi screen cinemas in the city centre, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs. Rose Street and the Grassmarket areas of town have wall to wall pubs, usually at the weekend filled with hen/stag parties or students and can be good fun. On the outskirts of the city there are bowling alleys, with restaurants and bars.
Dress Code Nightclubs, dress up, usually no trainers.
pubs casual, but some do no allow football shirts.
restaurants are mix of casual/smart
This tip is generally about Edinburgh- we've been in the centre by night only twice, but the impression is radically differnt than at daytime. Why?
1. Streets full of 13-year-olds aming to look 18, drunk, noisy and not looking the friendliest...
2. Clubs and pubs aren't too exposed and to my knowledge aren't located in one place, or let's say "around" but are spread so Princes St by night is deserted and that's not a "pro".
3. At 1 am there was no place around Princes St I could buy anything to eat- and I mean a shop.
4. People walking around, pairs in love, people chatting on the lovely wooden benches? Not by night- and this is a terrible loss to the city's ambience!
Every wondered why Edinburgh always seems tidy? It could be that the council does a sterling job but I'd say that the fact there's no takeaways in the Princes St area must help. So here's a guide to late night, post club eats;
Old town - Pizza Paradise on North Bridge (just off the Royal Mile). The restaurant also stays open late if you want a more civilised scoff.
North East - Piccante on Broughton Street that has a house DJ and there's quite a few others nearby at the top of Leith Walk.
South West - Dario's on Lothian Road is always popular (they also deliver into the early hours - 0131 228 4193)
West - Kebab Hawker on Dalry Road that's on my route home or there's one on Haymarket Terrace that do homemade pies (will get back with the name).
Edinburgh is a pub city. And a visit to Edinburgh would not be complete without visiting at least a couple of them. They vary from the historical and traditional old tavern to the latest in-style trend bar. I tend to favour the old fashioned boozer but if you have a particular taste then you should be able to a find a bar to fit your requirements pretty easily. Just go exploring and have a bit of a pub crawl! one drink then off to the next bar!
The main drinking areas are based around Rose St in the New Town and the Grassmarket in the Old Town. There are of course loads of pubs in between so there is no need to stay in one particular area.
For old style pubs I recommend the following:
"The Jolly Judge" - Old Town - Small, with low ceiling and hard to find, but well worth finding.
"The Bow Bar" is another traditional pub of note. Massive Whisky collection
"Milnes" cracking location, and interesting history on rose st.
"Kays Bar" - New Town - a pub with local life!
Now that's just 4 out of several hundred so go exploring and find your own favourites. A really great website for edinbugh pubs - maps, reviews etc is www.EdinburghPubGuide.co.uk
My friends and I participated in an activity called the "Pub Crawl". It is a great way to see Edinburgh at night and to try the local brew along the way.
Start by visiting a pub(we started at the Black Bull Pub near the St. James Shopping Center) and asking for a Pub Crawl map. You move from pub to pub, buying a drink at each, and recieving a stamp on your card. You end the trip at the Worlds End Pub where, if you have recieved all your stamps, you get a t-shirt.
DO NOT attempt this in one night. If you do, you might actually have to CRAWL like the activity suggests.
Theres a fair near the train station on West Princess Street Gardens which pretty much lights up the city in different colours. It was on during my visit here so I'm not exactly sure if its just a temporay thing or whether its been there for ages! I dont have a personal picture of it but I found this is from the Edinburgh Tourism Board.