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Kays Bar

39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HF, Scotland
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Gem of a Pub!!!!

One of Edinburgh's great secrets. Was taken here by a friend on a day's whisky outing around the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ewan B
West Lothian, United Kingdom
Out of the Way Pub

Went here for drinks on recommendation of friends. Fun to chat with locals (we were tourists) who... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Dundee, Oregon
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This friendly bar has a large selection of whiskeys.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HF, Scotland
New Town
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of Edinburgh's great secrets. Was taken here by a friend on a day's whisky outing around the capital and its definitely not to be missed. Not the easiest place to find as it off the beaten track, but that means its thankfully mostly free...More

Thank Ewan B
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Went here for drinks on recommendation of friends. Fun to chat with locals (we were tourists) who seemed to want to interact with Americans, Fun atmosphere, small space. Short walk from Princess St.

Thank redhills585
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Love this pub. Small, cosy and the perfect place to escape a cold winter's day. They also have a decent selection of gin.

Thank lausco12
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We love this pub. There is a full selection of malt whiskies and a good selection of ale. The staff have great knowledge of both It's a small friendly locals pub. Great for a quiet drink during the day, and for a chat with the...More

1  Thank Jude-Ca
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Four tables in bar room and two in snug. 8-10 tap beers and many spirits. Good pub food. Best is that is blocks away from tourists and can be quiet if other guests aren't loud types. Bar keeper is a great asset. Is not hard...More

Thank Quaker1
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Nice local pub without any fuss. Nice and cosy. Great beers. A little effort to find, but worth the effort. Friendly staff and very helpful in terms of what is going on in the locality. Not mad about the TV screens - but it is...More

Thank YoungAckie
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Great atmosphere in a small cozy pub. Real ales on tap. Server was interactive without being intrusive.

Thank NLitchfield
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Cosy bar with nice atmosphere. Barrels stacked on one wall make an interesting feature. Good choice of beer and whiskys. Off the beaten track but worth trying to find.

Thank 14darrelljm
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Superb quaint small pub tucked away in heart of new town. Worth finding. Good food menu but we just missed being able to get served. Good range of real ales in excellent condition. Had little library room at back. Great atmosphere, great service - search...More

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

This lovely little pub was a great recommendation by the owner of our apartment(Andy). It's off the tourist track and is well worth a visit. We found it walking back by the botanical gardens and it was a lovely find. We took a well earned...More

Thank Shelinnua
New Town
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
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