Captains Bar

Captains Bar, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, Captains Bar Reviews: 4.5/5

Captains Bar
4.5
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
About
Captain's Bar in normal times has Scottish Folk music daily in this historic and traditional bar in the old town. Close to the Royal Mile but a genuine Scottish bar where people appreciate local musicians. Some nights are traditional singing - old folk songs or contemporary. Other nights are acoustic fiddle, guitar, flute and bagpipes. The bar has a small seated area and outside seating on a weekend.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Penicuiker
Penicuik, UK6 contributions
Best Live Acoustic Music Bar in Scotland
Sep 2021
Live acoustic music covering most genre. Well worth a visit. Very friendly staff. A temporary outside seating area where musicians gather along with other customers has been well supported throughout the pandemic and strict Covid rules are followed. A great place to visit if you are a music lover.
Written September 17, 2021
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Thank you for kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Please return.
Written October 12, 2021
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arganddiagram d
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The best folk bar in Edinburgh
Sep 2021 • Friends
Most amazing place to meet with friendly locals and bar staff and hear a huge variety of folk music. If you are visiting and want to mingle in a covid safe space this is the place for you. All the bar staff were very welcoming (I'm English) and the talented folk musicians were pleased to have listeners and people joining in too. Give it a try if you are coming to Edinburgh.
Written September 11, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us. It's much appreciated. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you return.
Written October 12, 2021
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Holly T
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Disappointing
Sep 2021 • Couples
Disappointing experience, have wanted to visit here for a good many years, manager / bar staff was very rude, sarcastic & dismissive. Clearly didn’t want the custom. Should have listened to the punters in the superior Sandy Bells who told us not to bother visiting.
Written September 2, 2021
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I'm sorry to hear this. We have new and earlier closing times. I'm sure you'll understand that we dont let people in when we are just about to close.. I'm sorry you've been offended.
Written September 8, 2021
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monkeyman101
London1 contribution
Disappointed
Aug 2021
Disappointing experience. Staff rude to myself and my daughter. Felt quite anti-English. Drinks tasted watered down too.
Written August 8, 2021
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Monkey man. I'm sorry to hear this. I'm not sure what has happened but sorry you have had a bad experience.
Written September 8, 2021
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Charlotte T
Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
Friendly bar adapting really well to 'new normal"
Aug 2020 • Friends
Always a friendly place, delighted to see it open again. Pam & everyone working really hard to keep everyone safe in this odd Covid world. Felt a friendly, fun, & safe place to be, we enjoyed it & will be back.....
Written August 23, 2020
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Charlotte, thank you for your kind words. We are partially open just now but hope to back up and running soon.
Written September 8, 2021
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JulesMA
London, UK20 contributions
Quick pint
Aug 2020 • Solo
This is a lovely intimate bar. Once I discovered it always tried to pop in when I visited Edinburgh. Obviously post lockdown necessary changes have been made and opening times changed but it still feels welcoming and I think it was the landlady I spoke to who I wish the very best in the hard adaption to the new normal.
Written August 22, 2020
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Jules, Thank you so much for your review. Taking the time to write something nice about us is much appreciated.
Written September 8, 2021
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Amanda
Edinburgh, UK7 contributions
Magic, Music and Family Friendly
Feb 2020
It is a gem. A treasure trove of music. I am so sad that it is currently closed because of Covid 19 but when it was open I went there nearly every day. Pam, the bar mistress is warm and friendly. As is all of the staff. The place is old and historic, full of beautifully turned wood and books. And in the back is where the magic happens, where the musicians play for hours on end. In the end you feel like you've walked into a living room and youre a welcomed guest. It is the most wonderful place in Edinburgh.
Written August 10, 2020
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Thank you. What a lovely review. I do hope we'll be able to get back to normal some day. Please come again soon. Pam.
Written September 8, 2021
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eric s
london17 contributions
Glorious piece of Auld Reekie...
Jan 2020
If you get Edinburgh, you'll get this place. The small ciity driven by community, catering for a huge student body but characterised by creativity and originality. Locals offer tolerance and knowledge, friendship and kindness. There isn't a better city on Earth. The CB is a microscism of jall this. And, if you add the festival....its simply glorious. If you don't pop by this place when in town then you're missing lots, if you do and don't get it then you're not human...a special place within a very special place...

The dynamic genuine, beers well priced and the open house for local musicians is more than just a jamming session, many of those wondering and joining the daily fray are quality musicians. All are welcome and encouraged....a couple of hours here will empower your passion for the human race...
Written June 25, 2020
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Eric, what an amazing review. It reads like poetry. Thank you for enjoying Captains. Do come again.
Written September 8, 2021
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Andrea M
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My favorite pub in this world!
Mar 2020
I love this bar and it did not take me very long to become a regular. There is wonderful music, always free, several times a day. The staff is great and - in spite of having been drinking here for many years - it still puts a grin on my face to see over and over with how much warmth anyone walking through that door is welcomed by the bar staff.
If you want to experience the most genuine Scottish hospitality, while you listen to some great folk music, please go to Captains and support Pam, Eddie, Nina, Seb and the others running this wonderful venue/pub.
Written March 1, 2020
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Andrea, that is so kind thank you. I'm glad we give you a good local to fo to. Looking forward to seeing you.
Written September 8, 2021
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janine
New York City, NY90 contributions
great local bar !
Feb 2020
loved coming here to listen to local artist sing ! A great place to come and hang out ! Everyone was very friendly at this bar !
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you. We love your review and so happy that you enjoyed your stay.
Written September 8, 2021
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