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Kays Bar

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New Town
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Address: 39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HF, Scotland
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:30

This friendly bar has a large selection of whiskeys.

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Cosy Warm Jewel in the New Town Crown

Step into Kay's Bar and feel your worries melt away. Enclosed in warm red hues, this tiny bar is a secret find in the New Town. Well worth searching it out, it provides real ales... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Step into Kay's Bar and feel your worries melt away. Enclosed in warm red hues, this tiny bar is a secret find in the New Town. Well worth searching it out, it provides real ales, a warm fire and a warm welcome to go with it. Without a hint of pretentiousness, it exudes cosy comfort that leaves your feeling snug... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This is a terrific bar. Small and intimate and a wonderful setting. Good selection of beers and ales. Dogs are welcome which really adds to the atmosphere. Very popular on rugby international days. A must visit.

Thank Patrick H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Nice Place to have a beer or two. It was a bit a pitty to wait for so long as they really had problems with the refilling of beer. We had a great evening anyway.

Thank MiMeGo
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Visited here a few times in the last four years, my wife knew about it but I didn't even know it existed. Worth finding it as it's a brilliant wee pub, very small but good atmosphere

Thank Mark C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Called in for a couple of real ales, can only report what a fabulous pub this is. Like having a pint in your own front room! Great choice of beers, whiskies and gins, all in a fabulous environment. Superb pub!

Thank Stephen M
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Another great bar in Edinburgh worth looking out, always a friendly welcome, beer great, nice whisky selection too.

Thank Richard E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Heard this as one of the best to achieve a local pub experience. Stated it was difficult to find, so the challenge was on. Found to have met all expectations. Met a young bar tender, Euan, helped us select the perfect beer and food. Steak pie was exceptional. Euan became so helpful that after his shift he walked with us... More 

Thank Rocket0210
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

If you like a proper old fashioned pub then visit Kay's. Although not too far from the city centre it's well off the tourist trail. A bit of a rugby pub serving honest pub grub at midday. Good beer as well. One of my favourites. It's not a big pub and it will be busy if there happens to be... More 

Thank Rae P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Kays is an Edinburgh institution in the heart of the New town but off the tourist track, worth a look good beer well served, decent bar snacks and a welcome fire on a blustery day

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

One of our favourite outings is to Kay's Bar for a mid week lunch; usually on a Monday. Sitting by the open fire eating traditional pub food of high quality and large portions is a great way to brighten up a winter's Monday in Edinburgh. If you don't want steak pie and fries, the pate on toast or the prawn... More 

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Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighbourhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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