Bennets Bar, Edinburgh

Words by Simon Difford on 08-May-2017

Address: 8 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LG, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)131 229 5143
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-1am
Recommended for: Beer, Historic interest, Spirits
Established: 1839


This is a proper pub with atmosphere and beautiful Victorian décor - a working museum and a fine example of what a local boozer should be. You'll find well-kept cask ales, an excellent range of malts and even a splattering of cocktails - although I can't imagine ordering a cocktail here. If you're very lucky, you'll score the snug. Otherwise perch at the long barcounter and soak up the wondrous surroundings.