Jolly Judge

Jolly Judge, Edinburgh: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Jolly Judge Reviews: 4.5/5

Jolly Judge
4.5
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 11:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Jolly Judge public bar in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Low beamed ceilings, warm fire and a tranquil atmosphere, this is Scottish hospitality at its best. Sample the wide range of malt whiskies, real ales and tempting bar lunches.
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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.
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4.5
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Lozbell88
Sidcup, UK445 contributions
Excellent traditional pub
Nov 2021 • Couples
We visited this excellent, traditional basement pub on our way up to the castle. Choice of warm and cold drinks were z Elle t, felt very covid safe. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend and go back again.
Written November 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RenaissanceExplorer
4 contributions
Good beer selection
Nov 2021 • Friends
Good beer selection but poor service- no milk for tea. Could have tried by asking the cafe next door for some milk.
Written November 8, 2021
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Northste
Melton Mowbray, UK122 contributions
Ideal for an early evening drink.
Oct 2021
Just off the Royal Mile, through an alley and down a few steps to a pleasant little pub with a good selection of beers and whiskies. Ideal for quick drink before going on to your evening event.
Written October 30, 2021
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Renaat V
Ashford, Ireland217 contributions
Great bar
Aug 2021
Great location and very friendly staff mixed with eclectic beers and interesting decor. Token system for restrooms is hilarious.
Written August 14, 2021
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pauljorgensen65
London, UK44 contributions
Cutting of your nose to spite your face.
Aug 2021 • Business
22:50 on a Friday during The Fringe.

“We’re closing now I’m afraid”.

I’m not afraid to say that I won’t be hurrying back. The busiest time of year for Edinburgh and there’s a Midnight Licence but you choose to turn away business. I have no sympathy for any publican or brewery who will say they’re having a hard time.
Written August 13, 2021
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Michael B
Bacup, UK181 contributions
A Barrel of Laughs
Sep 2020
Quirky but well worth a visit.
The landlord was a character with a great sense of humour.
A great experience with a good choice of drinks.
We will definitely be going again on our return visit.
Written October 25, 2020
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Jake
Eyemouth, UK2 contributions
First city outing since lockdown, excellent COVID regulations.
Aug 2020 • Friends
Feeling a little trepidation in heading into the city from my rural hometown for the first time since lockdown to meet friends, I was happy to see that the now mandated COVID regulations were in force much earlier on than required in the Judge.

Masks on unless sitting, table service, all staff wearing masks, a one way system, sign-in from each individual household, and a token system for bathroom use.

Obviously this is easier to implement and control in a smaller establishment than elsewhere, but that doesn’t take away from the effort and intuition.

Friendly staff who explained everything well, and a perfectly decent selection of beers and ales. A great little nook to have a relaxing beer in during these... “unprecedented times”.
Written September 21, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,525 contributions
A lovely small pub
Oct 2019
A great traditional pub in a narrow alley way off the Royal Mile. It's small but lovely place. A very cozy friendly place. Ceiling with beams and painted. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.Limited food menu and no music . You will never regret to visit this pub because of the taste of local ales and the kindness of its staff.
Written August 30, 2020
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Neepwan
1 contribution
Spoiled by staff
Mar 2020
Good variety of drinks and very reasonably priced for both drink and the basic lunches. Used to have very friendly staff but not anymore. If you're lucky you'll get excellent service, if not you'll get a surly witch or an arrogant boor.
Written March 8, 2020
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colin g
Rainham, UK974 contributions
Cosy traditional style pub, reasonable prices, friendly staff
Mar 2020
Just off the Royal mile through an alley. Ideal for a light lunch at a reasonable price, soup and a sandwich, both pleasant and filling.
Written March 6, 2020
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