237 Morningside Road,
+44 131 447 1484
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Mon-Wed 11:30am-11pm, Thu 11:30am-midnight, Fri 11:30am-1am, Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 12.30pm-11pm
More like a conjuring shop, a magician's house or an early morning market stall than any form of beverage outlet, this is one of the most unusual pubs I've ever encountered.
Its tiny rooms and alcoves are filled with what look like an old lady's keepsakes. And it seems as if the poor love manages to sweep the floor and polish her brass but can't get up to dust the stuffed birds, crockery and other clutter that cover the walls and ceiling. The huge selection of malt whiskies and the insanely varied paraphernalia meld with the efficient staff in their white shirts and black ties to create a magical place.
The larger of the two bars houses shelf upon shelf of malts, allegedly the biggest whisky selection of any bar in Edinburgh. If in doubt as to what to order, try the malt of the week (£3.55) or opt for draught Caledonian and Belhaven beers.
The Canny Man is frequented by canny locals and the odd tourist. I recommend you join them. However, be warned, neither the landlord nor the locals will appreciate boisterous behaviour, cameras, credit cards, dogs... the list goes on.