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a traditional Scottish pub that has been serving customers since the 1920s. Located just a few steps away from the Royal Mile, the Waverley Bar is a unique pub in Edinburgh steeped in history and culture.

If you are looking for a memorable experience in Edinburgh, the Waverley Bar is a must for every tourist. Come and join us for a drink, a chat, and a story. You will be glad you did.

Welcome to the Waverley Bar

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Whisky, Scotland’s iconic creation sits on the throne as the highest authority of global beverages.


Landscape, superstition, water, earth and magic combine to produce the undisputed champion of distilled spirits. From the fruits of the Green Man, through generations of skilled craftsman and alchemy, time and patience have rewarded us with a national drink like no other.


Join us on a journey through 2000 years of Scottish History and discover some little known, well preserved secrets of this ancient land and it’s people and some unusual names and events. Accompanied by a selection of four quality Single Malt Whisky’s from uniquely individual Whisky producing regions. Take your own personal odyssey and discover the taste and sounds** of Scotland.


Hosted by experienced professional Actors/ Performers led by award winning Actor Michael Nardone (Traces, The Night Manager, Line of Duty).

It is a variation of his own successful show that he has adapted especially for the Waverley Bar’s new Whisky Tasting experience! 

£30 per person

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Owned by the same Walker family dynasty since it opened its doors in the 1920s, this wonderful traditional- eccentric watering hole, complete with original taxidermy crocodiles hanging behind the bar and eclectic Festival fringe fliers from years gone by adorning the ceiling, is one of the Capital's iconic and much loved pubs. Not least due to it playing host to a number of famous patrons, showmen and musicians of recent times...Some of whom still take centre stage in our toilets, should you care to pull up a pew.

Standing on the site of the 16th century Old Flodden Wall and tucked away just off the Royal Mile, the Waverley Bar is steeped in history from its foundations up. From street level, the original Victorian 1891 exterior sets this bar apart from its neighbouring craft beer bars, chain eateries and modern look contemporaries with its smart unassuming black and white frontage, arched barley twist mullions and deep dental cornicing, flanked by Bacchus the God of Wine. It certainly hints at least at the possibility of something rather unique inside.


It was in the 1960's, when the next generation Walker, lan and his brother, were to take ownership of The Waverley Bar, that it developed its most loyal and devoted following. It was at this time that the upstairs lounge built a reputation as a foot-stomping folk venue' growing talent and nurturing some of The Greats on Waverley soil. Billy Connolly, The Clancy Brothers, The Corries, Gerry Rafferty, The Dubliners and Barbara Dickson all cut their teeth and succumbed to the charm and draw of this place where folk, ballad and storytelling magic was made and will still be made today. A genteel and welcoming landlord, lan was know to his patrons as The Captain' and the bar "His Ship'. If you didn't like the way he steered it, you took your business elsewhere."

His formidable ways included a zero tolerance policy to bad language, prohibition of under 21's and mobile phones were heavily discouraged. Other Waverley-centric traditions included free Tesco's own-brand crisps to his patrons (multipack for variety, we are reliably told) and sometimes (in a slightly more questionable approach to business husbandry) operating his opening and closing hours as he pleased (even if you had just been served a fresh pint!). Since opening her doors again in May 2017, the bar has changed very little. As her new custodians, we have restored her with the gentlest of hands, literally dusting her down, reinstating the toilets to put an end to 'the faint smell of urine', however fondly that was recalled by locals and regulars, painting her where needed and then opening the doors. The ship sails again.



Are you looking to hold a gig or host an open Jam Session?

Are you looking to host a Show?


The Waverley has a great seated area on the first floor which is free to use every night for up to 60 people.

Ideal for intimate gatherings, whether it's for music, storytelling,  stand-up comedy, parties, pub quiz to name a few.


Are you looking to hold a gig or host an open Jam Session?


The Waverley has a great seated area on the first floor which is free to use every night for up to 60 people.

Ideal for intimate gatherings, whether it's for music, storytelling,  stand-up comedy, parties, pub quiz to name a few.

We can help advertise on social media to boost your audience.


For bookings, further information or check available dates

Please email

or call

0131 557 9855

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12:00 - 12:00am
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12:00 - 12:00am

3-6 St Mary's Street

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