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Kays Bar

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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One of Edinburgh's best kept secrets and rightly so. A proper pub with staff who not only care but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ewan B
West Lothian, United Kingdom
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Lunchtime Treat

My wife and I had the good fortune to re-visit Kays Bar in Edinburgh a few days ago and arrived in... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2018
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This friendly bar has a large selection of whiskeys.
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39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HF, Scotland
New Town
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small but cosy bar. Drink selection was fine, barman was friendly and courteous. Only negative point being the overall size of the pub which is small

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of Edinburgh's best kept secrets and rightly so. A proper pub with staff who not only care but know what they are selling. Without a doubt one of the top ten experiences in Edinburgh that is off the beaten track and should not be...More

Thank Ewan B
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had the good fortune to re-visit Kays Bar in Edinburgh a few days ago and arrived in time for lunch. This is a great, honest Scottish bar that serves excellent and great value lunches washed down with a large selection of...More

1  Thank F7258CSalanm
Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Small but quaint. . Nice well stocked bar. . Good choice of whiskies. .gin wasn't bad either! Not of beaten track so I think you'd always manage a seat. .

1  Thank Sneakypetes2
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We were staying on George Street and read the revues. We used google to find Kays but it's only five minutes from the Charlote Square end and worth a try. No frills but a proper friendly pub. We needed a snack but lunchtime food was...More

1  Thank GeoffM299
Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

Kay’s was recommended by a Scottish friend. I stopped in early afternoon and Fraser the proprietor was manning the taps, spent time explaining the history of Edinburgh plus the history of the bar. An off the beaten path, local pub where everyone was friendly. Love...More

1  Thank randyharvey
Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

We were recommended this lovely small pub for some decent beers and weren't disappointed. We came up for a reverse Rugby weekend and thought we'd try here for a few beers and stayed all afternoon and watched the Wales vs Scotland match with the locals....More

1  Thank ShamusG
Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

We were doing a trip round the lovely old pubs of Edinburgh and this one came up - it was lovely, staff were friendly, hot mulled cider great, and hubby tells me the beer was great too. Would definitely recommend.

1  Thank gewers
Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

Stopped off here for a swift little drink and they have an magnificent range of whiskeys here. A little small inside but nice little fire to keep everyone warm

1  Thank charlieturner83
Reviewed November 8, 2017

One of Edinburgh's great secrets. Was taken here by a friend on a day's whisky outing around the capital and its definitely not to be missed. Not the easiest place to find as it off the beaten track, but that means its thankfully mostly free...More

1  Thank Ewan B
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New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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