Warm up this Winter: Cosy places to escape sales

With cheap flights to Edinburgh, January sales and crisp sunny days, there’s plenty of reasons to visit Edinburgh this winter. After a long day in and out shops finding post Christmas bargains, you’ll be glad to relax, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine. We’ve put our top picks of traditional Edinburgh pubs to choose from when you need a cosy escape this winter in Edinburgh.

Barony Bar, Broughton Street

This relaxed bar has traditional antique wood and a cosy coal fire which burns throughout winter to make the perfect welcoming atmosphere. Located on trendy Broughton Street, Barony Bar offers real ales, guest ales, bar food and a selection of wines.

The Devil’s Advocate, Advocates Close

This bar is known amongst locals for its eclectic range of Scottish whiskies! Award-winning bartenders serve up trendy seasonal cocktails and quirky craft beers. Exposed brick walls, low ceilings and wooden beams create a moody atmosphere in Devil’s Advocate. The backlit display of unusual drinks behind the bar also make selecting your tipple of choice exciting!

The Black Cat, Rose Street

This relaxed pub is a great place to escape the buzz of the city. A hand-picked selection of Scotland’s finest whiskies recommended by locals add to the authenticity of The Black Cat. Pop down after a long day shopping on Princes Street or George Street and treat yourself to a whisky or craft beer and stick around for live music or a quiz night in the evening.

The Wee Pub, Grassmarket

Directly across from Apex Grassmarket Hotel, The Wee Pub is known to be the smallest pub in Scotland, but has room for a fireplace, dresser style bar, tables for standing and a few seats for perching. Recently refurbished as part of Biddy Mulligans next door, this pub is small with a capacity of only 20 people. You’ll be cosy and well looked after in The Wee Pub but if you’d like a seat you’ll have to pop through next door.

The Last Word Saloon, Stockbridge

Open daily from 4pm, The Last Word cocktail saloon is the perfect place for an afternoon tipple after a hard day burning the credit card. Take a stroll down from Princes Street into the beautiful Stockbridge area and tick off a few attractions like the Water of Leith on your way. Hidden in the basement of St. Stephen Street, The Last Word is a cosy place to enjoy a cocktail with the girls before hitting the town later.

The Royal Oak, Old Town

Just a few minutes from The Royal Mile or Princes Street, The Royal Oak is located just off Chambers Street in the Old Town of Edinburgh. This area is packed with great restaurants to visit after a little break at The Royal Oak. With a list of ales, live folk music and a great drinks selection, you’ll get a truly Scottish experience and be taken away from the stress of your day in the sales.