We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Whistle Binkies

Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Edinburgh, Scotland
Improve this listing
5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am

Friendly pub featuring live music.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 164 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 99
  • 50
    Very good
  • 10
  • 1
  • 4
Rock bar

Not a bad little bar, reasonable priced drinks. is a little dark and weird in some corners of the club but most rock bars are the same. Couple of good bands on the night we were in

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mat S
Add Photo Write a Review

164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not a bad little bar, reasonable priced drinks. is a little dark and weird in some corners of the club but most rock bars are the same. Couple of good bands on the night we were in

Thank Mat S
West Calder
Level Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Discovered this place one Saturday afternoon - live music - always an attraction. Major drawback is that it desperately needs ventilation; it's very stuffy and doesn't smell too sweet! If that was dealt with, it would be a pleasure to visit.

Thank CautherMary
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a night great dancing and drinking whay too much great crowd and fun can't fault it from what I remember ;-) ............will come back

Thank Even H
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So in my weekend with the guys we went to a few different bars but that was a mistake. Each time we went somewhere else we all agreed on going back to the Whistle Binkies! They have live music, loads of different draft beers and whiskeys of course! The crowd is also pretty awesome. No fights, no annoying folks, just... More 

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looked up this place as we love live music. Wasn't sure what to expect as some of the people said it was heavy rock or metal music, we prepared ourselves and were blown away when the band's first song was grease is the word!...followed by pink Floyd, foo fighters and luther vandross! Utterly surprising incredibly talented versatile band. Brilliant atmosphere... More 

1 Thank Tracey B
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just happened to stumble across this place late on a Saturday night. It doesn't look like much from the outside but don't be fooled! The area downstairs is massive, with a big stage where a band was playing till 3am (Heebie Jeebies - you were great!), enough room to move around and not a massive queue at the bar. Drinks... More 

Thank Jessica B
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Went here last night after reading previous reviews. It was really busy but most places in Edinburgh are! The music wasn't exactly to my taste but we stayed for a while. Was good to people watch. Lots of tourists. All in all I would go back. Hopefully the bands will be more to my taste next time.

Thank franny4billy
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This was the last stop for our pub crawl as part of a 40th birthday celebration. I would definitely come back and stay for a few more. Nice staff and very friendly.

Thank LA2787
Herzogenaurach, Germany
Level Contributor
180 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Two big plus points with this place, the location and the live music. Whistle Binkies is centrally located, not obvious to find though, down some stairs and into a huge cavern. Each night there are at least 3 bands playing, very lively and very enjoyable. Its very laid back, easy going, nice people and a student atmosphere!

Thank Brades1966
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Great band with free entry. Alma Fiera did some great covers from ACDC to kings of Leone would love to see them again.....

Thank Stuart C

Travelers who viewed Whistle Binkies also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Been to Whistle Binkies? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Whistle Binkies and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Whistle Binkies staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
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-flavored 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 royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
Explore this neighborhood