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Captains Bar

4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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Fantastic little place!

We called in here for a drink after hearing there was live folk music played here daily. It is a... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Debbie N
Fabulous little place.

We called in here following recommendations from this site. What a wonderful place! Warm and... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Swindon, United Kingdom
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Captain's Bar has Scottish Folk music nightly in this historic and traditional bar in the old town. Close to the Royal Mile but a genuine Scottish bar where people appreciate talented musicians. Some nights are traditional singing - old folk songs and contemporary. Other nights are acoustic fiddle, guitar, flute and bagpipes. There are special folk sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The bar sells coffee and has wifi and a book exchange. Small seated area and the rest is standing area.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“folk music” (21 reviews)
“bar staff” (10 reviews)
4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We called in here for a drink after hearing there was live folk music played here daily. It is a fabulous little bar. The live music was great with a mixture of traditional Scottish reels and more recent folk songs. Everyone was very friendly and...More

Thank Debbie N
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We called in here following recommendations from this site. What a wonderful place! Warm and friendly and we were made to feel welcome by the staff and musicians alike. Yes, it's small, but that is half the charm. Great music, great place. If you are...More

Thank 451stevedeb
Reviewed 24 October 2017

What a great find. We wanted a drink before going for our dinner and had stumbled across this small but so friendly bar. At 5pm two guys set up and started playing music they had written themselves-amazing. If our son wasn't so hungry we would...More

Thank sallyd727
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We gathered at the Captain's Bar after a Book Lovers Tour that walked in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle among others. The Captain's was a favorite hangout for these men. The music was local and folk---and fun!

Thank TomGauthier
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I asked in our hotel about a different bar I had read about that offered traditional Scottish folk music. The desk clerk told me about the Captain's Bar and I am so very glad she did. We had a wonderful evening at the pub as...More

Thank TommyL1978
Reviewed 9 October 2017

A little out of the way but worth seeking out. A well known if small, nay, cramped little pub but with a very laid-back vibe, friendly welcome and good drinks options. No pretence, maybe not one for the tourist but popular with the music scene...More

Thank CoachCraigie
Reviewed 4 October 2017

A nice cozy place with captain and marine themed props and posters decorating the walls and any spare place. They had traditional Scottish music playing that evening. They had a fair selection of whiskey and most other liquors. A few tables and bar stools are...More

Thank Meenakshi S
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

There are a few sweet gems in and around Edinburgh, but this by far, is my favourite. Having lived here for 13 years, it has been a recent discovery and I couldn't be happier to have come across it. Familiar with most folk music venues,...More

Thank Gypsy_Rain82
Reviewed 11 September 2017

These two words are enough to describe Captain's Bar, a little, amazing pub in the middle of the town. We discovered it casually reading on the door live folk music that night. We entered and staied all night long among great music, excellent beers, warm...More

Thank supersvejk
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Early visit to start our day of Fringe Activities. A small group of people tasting 5 different single malt whiskies and learning about Scotland's finest from the Bar manager. She was very helpful and informative. Bar is a good place to visit for evening musical...More

Thank Thomas P
CaptainsBar, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Hi Thomas. Thank you very much for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the festival whisky tasting and thanks for bigging up the bar. Captain

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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Geraldine W
25 June 2016|
Response from CaptainsBar | Property representative |
Hi. It's a 10 minute walk from the Royal Mile. Go along South Bridge and turn right into South College Street. There it is. Sorry I took so long to reply. I didn't know about this facility till now. Have you visited yet?