Pubs are a part of life in Edinburgh, and no matter what your tastes in food, drink, or music, you can find somewhere that fits your needs.
Acanthus - Built on Waverley Bridge, this bar offers visitors a good place to wait for a train, as it sits right above the station. There is a beer garden available and a decent assortment of food. There are often some good specials running on spirits as well.
The Basement - This colorful bar, located on Broughton Street, is a lively place to go for a drink or a decent bite to eat. The staff are apt to giving customer's as much lip as the customer's give them, and the basement atmosphere makes for a great day or night out.
The Cask & Barrel - This Broughton St. pub has a great variety of real ales and whisky's, which make it a popular place to go for locals and tourists alike. There is always a beer or whisky on hand that you haven't tasted before. A must see for whisky and beer lovers.
Deacon Brodie's Tavern - A traditional Edinburgh pub, with a somewhat "jekyll&hyde" theme to it. This pub offers some good ales, and is favored by the local politicians.
Gordon Arms - This bar, located on the infamous Rose St., is favored by locals, mainly because it has remained virtually unaltered since it was built. It is a very traditional pub, serving good beer and good food throughout the day.
Olivers - If you want to experience a pub that feels "very Scottish" then this may be the place to go. The seats in this pub are covered in tartan, and it has a huge window which opens out onto Rose St. on those (all too rare) sunny days.
Sandy Bell's - Found on Forrest Rd., this bar tends to have folk musicians playing impromptu concerts almost every day of the week. If you like to listen to some good, live music while sipping your pint then this pub is definitely worth a visit.
All Bar One - Located on Lothian Rd. this club pumps out the typical commercial beats we are all so fond of. It attracts a lively crowd and has some interesting drinks on offer for the bravehearted among you.
The Bongo Club - Situated in Edinburgh's old town this club excudes, for want of a better word, a hippy vibe, the atmosphere is very mellow, though the music is still loud, and it has reggea featured twice monthly.
The Venue - One of Edinburgh's premier nightclubs, and with good reason, located on Calton Rd. this club hosts some of Edinburgh's best DJ's, and is also host to one of the UK's best DJ's on a fortnightly basis. At £9 door price when he's in town it's not cheap, but definitely worth a visit.