John Leslie Pub

John Leslie Pub, Edinburgh: Hours, Address, John Leslie Pub Reviews: 4.5/5

John Leslie Pub
4.5
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Andrew G
Sheffield, UK12 contributions
A really nice traditional pub with an amazing selection of scotch whiskey and really friendly atmosphere would recommend a visit.
Written August 12, 2020
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Robin C
Austin, TX59 contributions
Couples
The John Leslie is a bar unique in my experience. Many bars have a way of providing some privacy for members. It might take the form of a partition separating the front from the rear. At the John Leslie the privacy goes a step further.

A couple of locals told us about the John Leslie while we were drinking in the Old Bell on Causewayside in Edinburgh. It was just a block down the street.

From the street, the bar looks like the classic British pub, with polished wood front and a long wide painted plank across the top with gold letters proclaiming that the bar was established in 1896. Large windows and hanging plants complete the facade.

Inside we found the familiar polished wood-wainscoting on white walls, and worked wood bar. Globe chandeliers gave the bar ample light. A partition separated the small front entry room from the larger back lounge.

In the back room, a partition separates the customer from the bartender. The partition is opened by a few low windows that reach only from the bar up to about chest level. Our drinking buddies had told us that the oritinal purpose of this partition was to prevent the bartender from recognizing his patrons.

The large back room was comfortably furnished with plush red upholstered benches and chairs. In one corner two men were playing chess. In a separate room a single television was on.

We ordered Scotch. Not fearing to be recognized, we leaned our elbows on the bar to order from our barmaid, a middle-aged woman. After a flight we settled on the Auchentoshan and the Scapa, two lusciously smooth single malt whiskies.

Relaxing against the cushions, we talked and laughed about the adventures of the day.
Written March 22, 2014
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Nodrog36
Edinburgh, UK772 contributions
My wife and I undertook a wee pub crawl and pubs on the south side of Edinburgh that we hadn't visited for a number of years and John Leslie was on our list.
We calculated that it was about 15 years since we had been to the pub and apart from a lick of paint, it hadn't really changed since our last visit. We were happy with this as we are not fans of new plastic pubs.
On arrival we were greeted by a friendly member of staff who was happy to help with our beer selection. On ordering and tasting my beer I noticed that it tasted off as it was probably from the bottom of the barrel.
I pointed this out to the member of staff who had served me and he could apologise enough. I then selected another beer which was excellent. Overall great customer service.
I certainly enjoyed my visit to John Leslie and also look forward to my next visit.
Written October 26, 2019
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Tom L
2 contributions
Friends
Unfriendly staff and a bunch of locals that block access to the bar and toilets. The kind of place you that treats you like you don’t belong
Written September 26, 2018
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Roland P
4 contributions
This is the quintesentail Scot pub but with a twist. There are doors, one for each side, the genteals on one side and the skullywags the other :-)
Awsome selection of everything to get going.
Written June 4, 2019
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davey1949
Pickering, Canada307 contributions
Friends
Went here for after dinner drinks. An interesting traditional style pub, divided into two parts with different entrances! A good selection of beer, real ales on tap and single malts. The regulars don't seem to want to share the space, so it is sometimes not easy to approach the bar, and the staff aren't particularly friendly and are quite gruff. Very much enjoyed the beer and malts though and they have a deal for mix and match 4 drinks for 11 GBP, choosing a combination of malts and/or 2/3 pints of ale. Worth a stop if you are nearby to say you've been there, but nothing special.
Written May 30, 2019
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Stewart O
melbourne, Australia23 contributions
Friends
Umm its ok a little on the standard side and a regular told us the food was an after thought /prob more for locals this one
Written March 31, 2018
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Brian S
Belfast, UK524 contributions
Friends
Nice, cosy pub in a good location on my walk home from university. After a long day studying, I suggested to a friend that we get a quick pint on the way home, and he recommended John Leslie. The place did not disappoint. The interior is very nicely decorated, with a very nice ceiling, lots of historical pictures and advertisements, and an interesting bar set up as well. At one side of the bar, there are only little openings where one has to bend down to stick one's head in to order. I am quite tall, so this proved awkward for me. Instead, I walked around to the other side, a more regular bar with tall stools and the entire variety of drinks on display.

We both had the bar's own ale. A very nice, easy-to-drink pint for the decent price of £2.80. The bartender was very friendly and efficient in his service, and the beer was good. The atmosphere in the place was relaxed and welcoming, and it was surprisingly busy for a Thursday afternoon, so I'm certain this would be a fun place to hang out in the weekend.

The beer and whisky selections are both excellent, and there are board games available as well, if that's your thing. Worth a look.
Written March 25, 2016
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My humble opinion
Edinburgh, UK795 contributions
Friends
This is one of the few traditional pubs left in Edinburgh so would definitely recommend you go out of you way to visit.
Roaring log fire was lovely on a cold wintry night and loved the pile of traditional board games.
Written November 4, 2018
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AlunofBookham
18 contributions
Couples
This is one of the best watering holes that I have ever visited. The landlord and his wife know a thing or two about what makes a really outstanding pub. Order a glass of white wine and it is poured into a glass straight from the chiller!
In winter you will be greeted by a warm open fire and an equally warm welcome from the staff.
Miss this pub at your peril.
Written July 19, 2018
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John Leslie Pub is open:
  • Sun - Wed 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Thu - Sat 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM


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