Oil painting, ‘Headin’ For The Local’  by Barbara McLeod. Watercolour by Lauren Dobbin.

A Traditional Scottish Pub at the Heart of Edinburgh's New Town

Welcome to the Thistle Street Bar, our traditional Scottish pub in the oldest street at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. Here you’ll find the best that Scotland has to offer, from our draught beers and lagers and extensive whisky and gin selection.   

Grab a drink and enjoy a bit of banter with the regulars and our friendly bar team; or just relax and soak up the atmosphere of a real Scottish pub where everyone is made to feel at home…even the dug!

Welcome to the Edinburgh Festival

Two lockdowns later the world’s biggest arts festival finally kicks off this month and the Thistle Street Bar is proud to welcome some of the finest Scottish trad folk musicians on the scene today along with acclaimed international Delta blues and bluegrass artists, Lone Bear and Tim Leslie. Click here to see our full live music line-up. 

Mather's of Broughton Street

Why not also visit our sister pub, Mather’s of Broughton Street. a traditional bar with a long and illustrious history. Mather’s is only a 10 minute walk from the Thistle and it has served drinks to a number of celebrities over the years including the Sex Pistols, Jeff Buckley, David Coverdale, Billy Joel and Elton John. 

You can also grab a prime Scotch steak & bone marrow burger at the weekends and soak up the live music including our Sunday jazz. For more details log onto the Mather’s website by clicking here

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