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Sandy Bells

25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
+44 131 225 2751
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Folk Music Pub

A must for all lovers of all types of Folk Music. This traditional street corner one roomed pub is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Richard S
Loughborough, United Kingdom
Old style pub with high beer and whisky knowledge

10 stars rating for the excellent bartender and this really special place. A lot of different... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nesodden Municipality, Norway
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25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 2751
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A must for all lovers of all types of Folk Music. This traditional street corner one roomed pub is often very busy with locals and visitors to Edinburgh. It serves local real ales which are well kept. Music is played in the evening Monday to...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

10 stars rating for the excellent bartender and this really special place. A lot of different draft beers of good quality and some rear whisky on the shelf. (they usually have some orkney brewery on draft - dark island is always a winner ) If...More

Thank jorgenmm79
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly and casual with good chats everywhere. Best of all was the folk music and was the reason I went there. I was allowed to join in singing 3 songs with the guys. Much appreciated! Unpretentious and accepting, Great experience.

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a retro place for retro youngsters and elderly tourists, with bits of fiddle and duddle music in the back corner, next to the toilets, but some good beer and a nice choice of whisky. all together an easy going hang-out in the past.

Thank r0landbrunner
Reviewed 14 June 2017

One of our best experiences in Edinburgh. The bar is small and crowded, but it seems like there's always a jam session going on, with talented musicians and a broad mix of traditional instruments. We bought a copy of the Sandy Bell's Ceilidh CD, recorded...More

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Our B&B had recommended Sandy Bells to us for a beer after dinner and in fact we stayed until after midnight! The musicians gathered in the corner seemed to just play what they liked with no rehearsal or planning. Two fiddle players, double base, two...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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 13 May 2017 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 7 May 2017

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 5 May 2017 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
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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