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 cask ales, draught beers and lagers to our 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!

Please note, the minimum age for entry is 18

Live Music at the
Thistle Street Bar

Check out our live music page here, for dates and times of our live traditional music with some of the finest artists around 

Thistle Street Bar
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Pierre TPierre T
06:13 01 May 24
Nice bar 🍸 Live music 🎶 small terrace
Adam Lutfie Mohd BakriAdam Lutfie Mohd Bakri
22:57 19 Apr 24
Superb g&t and Classy Scottish ales. Remarkable service by staff at the bar. This is the place to be in newtown Edinburgh.
Joss MurdochJoss Murdoch
16:10 10 Apr 24
Lovely cozy pub, feels very real for being so central. Highly recommend for a pint!
viajando por el mundoviajando por el mundo
13:58 05 Apr 24
Excellent atmosphere and good service
Jardine AppletonJardine Appleton
19:44 24 Mar 24
Highly recommend. A lovely bar off the main drag. Robert and Dorothy were fantastic, they recommneded some great places to visit, whisky’s to try and lots of history about the area! We had an awesome time here.
Bob WalterBob Walter
16:38 14 Jan 24
Quaint cozy. The closest place we got to visit while in town. It is small, maybe 10 little tables and the bar. Great whiskey selection, local beer by the pull, and many beers on tap. We will be back to check out the live music and whatnot.
Tom PearyTom Peary
21:46 24 Nov 23
This page what can I say? It’s amazing what a pub. This is the pinnacle of what a drinker should be. Starting with the staff, quality of top shelf drinks. Then there’s the atmosphere l. Do yourself a favour come site at the bar till close and experience what a pub should be. You won’t be disappointed
Alan McEwanAlan McEwan
15:03 18 Sep 23
My favourite bar in town and first time back since covid. It's just a great space and while many still call it Marrs bar it is the TSB for me. I reckon I spent about £40,000 ok, maybe £100,000, here during a 12 year spree from the 90's until 2009. The £10,000 years towards the end were when the price of wine went up. It's amazing how easy it was to spend £300 some weeks with some of my old colleagues, no names! On the plus side my liver made it to the other side. Great bar, great memories and superb golfing society.
Jeff PrevotJeff Prevot
19:52 15 Sep 23
Mark BrooksMark Brooks
04:44 14 Sep 23
Elia TomasElia Tomas
13:21 08 Sep 23
We went in for a drink and the service was excellent! The guy who served us understands beer and it shows that he likes his job. Recommended place.
Josephine WaschulewskiJosephine Waschulewski
19:51 05 Sep 23
This pub is a real centerpiece. It is relatively small, but super comfortable. The owners are very personable and put their heart and soul into it. If you ask, there are all sorts of recommendations, whether for local beer, gin or whiskey. There is regular live music on fixed days of the week, which is very charming and subtle (we were here on Tuesdays).
Samantha ZeilerSamantha Zeiler
06:49 23 Aug 23
Lovely space -- exactly as advertised and exactly what we were looking for. Wide selection of whisky and gin. Very much enjoyed the music alongside our drinks.
John KozJohn Koz
17:54 02 Aug 23
It's the place you hope to find when visiting Edinburgh. It's got the years, and everything that entails. It takes years to add the layers of depth this place poses.Owner operated by Robert and Dorothy, and operated exceptionally. They are a wealth of knowledge about the spirits they serve, as well as Edinburgh.Stop by for a pint and swig of whisky. It's a must.
16:37 16 Jul 23
Great little pub full of interesting people. The bar staff are attentive and friendly too. Loved this place and can't wait to go back!
Simon JonesSimon Jones
10:06 25 Jun 23
Cracking little pub highly recommend it, the service was spot on welcoming, friendly wit a good selection of beers and of course whisky. Only pooped in for a few pints so can't comment on the food but the pub and the beer were terrific
19:06 11 Jun 23
So lovely! We found it during a walk in the city. So so friendly women behind the bar and such a welcoming atmosphere! Every drink we take was great and we could recommend it to everybody. 🙂
Kenny ChristieKenny Christie
07:56 01 Apr 23
Cracking little pub in a quiet back street. Locals and visitors alike enjoying the fare. Nice to see a quotation from Hugh MacDairmid, a Scots poet who spent some of his life in my home town, adorning the roof.
Jamie GreenJamie Green
16:34 31 Jan 23
A lovely wee pub, run by very knowledgeable people, so atmospheric...if you enjoy a whisky, (or two)...you must visit, the bar is well stocked with a good range of beers and spirits, especially whisky😋