With the festive season just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than taking part in a bar crawl?

With the search term ‘best bars in Edinburgh’ receiving an average of 5,400 monthly searches¹, Scottish whisky brand Tri Carragh has mapped out the ultimate Edinburgh bar crawl² to help guide revellers around the best drinking spots in the city. 

To determine which bars would make it, the whisky experts analysed Google reviews to identify the Edinburgh bars with 1,000 reviews and over, and an overall rating of 4.5 and above, leaving 17 hotspots to be plotted on the new downloadable map

Tri Carragh’s bar crawl promises a full day of enjoyment, making it an ideal choice for spending time with friends or as a festive option for a work Christmas social. Considering the most efficient walking route, ‘The Hanging Bat’ on Lothian Road is the starting point for the crawl, ending with ‘Whiski Rooms’ on Bank Street. 

The list of bars in order of completion includes: 

  1. The Hanging Bat (Lothian Rd) 
  2. Teuchters (William St) 
  3. Panda & Sons (Queen St) 
  4. The Black Cat (Rose St) 
  5. Hoot the redeemer (Hanover St) 
  6. The Guildford Arms (Register St) 
  7. Black Bull (Leith St) 
  8. The Piper’s Rest (Hunter Sq)
  9. The Banshee Labyrinth (Niddry St) 
  10. Stramash (Cowgate) 
  11. The Jazz Bar (Chambers St) 
  12. Brass Monkey (Drummond St) 
  13. Paradise Palms (Lothian St) 
  14. Sandy Bell’s (Forrest Rd) 
  15. The Bow Bar (Bow) 
  16. Jolly Judge (James Ct) 
  17. Whiski Rooms (Bank St) 

While on the bar crawl, participants are promised to spot some of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks and attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, populated in the centre of the crawl. St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral is close to stop two, ‘Teuchters’ and The Scott Monument can be found near stop five, ‘Hoot The Redeemer’. The National Museum of Scotland is located between ‘Sandy Bell’s’ and ‘The Bow Bar’.

Ryan McCafferty, co-founder of Tri Carragh, comments: “It’s been so much fun creating the ultimate Edinburgh bar crawl for locals and tourists alike. It’s a lengthy route with many stops, but of course, participants can shorten the route if they’d like. The real aim of this crawl is to celebrate some of the best bars Edinburgh has to offer and to check out some of Scotland’s popular landmarks and attractions along the way. 

“With cosy autumnal nights and Christmas approaching, we hope our bar crawl provides groups of friends and Edinburgh lovers something new to enjoy!”

To find out more about the ultimate Edinburgh bar crawl and to print a map, please visit: https://www.tricarragh.com/the-ultimate-edinburgh-bar-crawl-mapped/ 

Tri Carragh strongly encourages responsible drinking and reminds everyone that participation is limited to legal drinking age adults, over 18.

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