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Sandy Bells

25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
+44 131 225 2751
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Awesome music here

We recently visited Edinburgh and someone at the Captains Bar recommended we come here for the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Great pub!

Loved this pub! Great folk music! It's a small pub but great atmosphere. Very laid back atmosphere... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marion, Iowa
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  • Average4%
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“folk music” (17 reviews)
“small pub” (4 reviews)
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25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 2751
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We recently visited Edinburgh and someone at the Captains Bar recommended we come here for the music. So glad we did. It was pretty crowded and we ended up sharing a table with a local near the back, near the music. There ended up being...More

Thank dranke
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this pub! Great folk music! It's a small pub but great atmosphere. Very laid back atmosphere. Would go back.

Thank stephrob53
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A few bites for our full experience review - “In general, the food options at Sandy Bell’s are scarce. Scotch and beer selection is there to compensate though.” “While the general style of music did not change, the pace oscillated quite a lot. Some tunes,...More

Thank Iliana S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to listen to folk musicians and we found fiddle, double bass and banjo. Good beer made the rest. Need anything else?

Thank Mattia B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popular with locals and tourists alike this bar is always lively, with a great mix of folk. Good selection of drink (especially whisky!) Yamasaki 12yo is a particularly good choice. Yup not all malts are Scottish. Plus there's always some people playing folk music in...More

Thank Craig A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a short taxi ride to Sandy Bells, based on a recommendation from the Balmoral. It is small. It was packed, and there was hardly a place for one person, much less the four of us. And the music had not even started at...More

Thank CenterFielder
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Have been popping in here off and on for over 50 years. Traditional music every night. Good ale, and the "Malt of the Month" is always good value for a 35mm measure.

Thank Rae P
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Brilliant bar staff, very talented people that frequent the bar . However, upon our visit there was a VERY rude muso, yes talented ! But horrible attitude towards up and coming crowd x

Thank Natalie G
Reviewed 21 March 2017

When we visited Scotland we really wanted to check out a pub with traditional music. We loved it so much we went each night we were there and the groups playing were different each time. The pub itself is loads of fun, just what you...More

Thank PlanItPlanet
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

I was not leaving Scotland until I sat in a bar listening to it, and so we did :) arrived 30minutes before closing and met the musicians outside who where pleasant and told us they'd play Scottish music! Unfortunately their was no bag pipes, but...More

Thank Michelle o
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Mig H
Hi, are children allowed at Sandy Bells? Thank you!
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