Brilliant Broughton Street Bars and Pubs

Four different cocktails in a bar

Broughton Street is a lively and vibrant street in Edinburgh's New Town, just a short walk from the East End of Princes Street, near the top of Leith Walk.

An area full of independent shops, bars and restaurants. And it's just across from the Edinburgh Playhouse theatre.

Here are some of the best pubs on Broughton Street, which you can enjoy while staying in one of our nearby holiday homes.  


56a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA

This charming little basement bar near the bottom of Broughton Street has a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and a great selection of drinks and nibbles. It's cosy and warm inside, and there's a lovely patio area outside. The perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine, beer or a coffee with friends. And Pickles' speciality sharing platters are a particular highlight! Choose from cheese or meat, served with crusty bread, oatcakes, pickles and chutneys. 

The Empress

25 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU

The Empress of Broughton Street, sister pub to the Lioness of Leith, is at the top of the street. Ideal for a pre-theatre drink or meal before visiting Edinburgh Playhouse. This small, welcoming bar serves craft beer, cocktails and American-style food. Beer lovers have an array of draught beer and bottles to choose from. And whisky and gin enthusiasts will not be disappointed either. The laid-back menu includes a delicious selection of freshly made flatbreads to tear and share. Or, try the locally-sourced gourmet burgers. 

The Ox

49-51 London Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6LX

Simple, straightforward and honest. That's what three friends wanted to create when they opened up this new bar on the corner of Broughton Street and London Street. And they did it! With a laid back atmosphere, friendly staff and a delicious menu. The Ox offers good honest cooking, with a range of interesting home-made dishes. It's restaurant-quality food, but in a relaxed pub setting. And, on top of all of this, The Ox is also child friendly (licence until 9 pm) and dog friendly. So really, what's not to love?! 

Holiday Apartments near the Best Pubs on Broughton Street

Those are our top three best pubs on Broughton Street, but there are lots more to discover. If you like traditional pubs, there's The Cask and Barrel. Or, if you're looking for a pre-club vibe, try Treacle Bar and Kitchen.

And, if you're still looking for a holiday let in the area, we have a wonderful range of self-catering apartments near Broughton Street. Please get in touch if we can help you plan a trip to Edinburgh.

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