Best Music Bars in Old Town

Local Recommendations from our My Guide Edinburgh team

Edinburgh, being the festival capital of Britain, is filled with music bars. Every second bar or pub offers live music entertainment.

Live music in Edinburgh's pubs and bars mainly comprises of folk - inspired by both traditional Scottish culture, and independent music from the city's vibrant festivals of the late summer months. In some (especially cosy) pubs, audience participation in encouraged and it's not unusual for the band to eagerly pass their instruments to an apparently talented member of the public.