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Captains Bar

4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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Local music pub crawl

A real gem. Small relaxed pub. Passionate about folk music. Some nice ales. We didn't eat here... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
pippiper
via mobile
Great time

The live music and atmosphere were wonderful. We ended up returning over and over during our stay... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KathyMcRoberts
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Captain's Bar has Scottish Folk music nightly in this historic and traditional bar in the old town. Close to the Royal Mile but a genuine Scottish bar where people appreciate talented musicians. Some nights are traditional singing - old folk songs and contemporary. Other nights are acoustic fiddle, guitar, flute and bagpipes. There are special folk sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The bar sells coffee and has wifi and a book exchange. Small seated area and the rest is standing area.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“folk music” (19 reviews)
“bar staff” (8 reviews)
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4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A real gem. Small relaxed pub. Passionate about folk music. Some nice ales. We didn't eat here. We stayed from about 10 pm until it closed. A great place to finish off your night.

Thank pippiper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The live music and atmosphere were wonderful. We ended up returning over and over during our stay in Edinburgh. The place always filled up fast so go early.

Thank KathyMcRoberts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved it. Very dinky so get there early. Very good musicians playing when we visited. An antidote to the usual pubs/bars around.

Thank TripA H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After researching online for the best places for live music, my sister and I found Captain's Bar. We went there right after settling into our hotel and we are so glad that we did. The atmosphere was welcoming, mostly due to the barkeep... shout-out to...More

Thank Emdixon1255
CaptainsBar, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there. Thanks for your lovely review. That was a great day with Faran Flad the band wasn't it? I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking the time to review us so favoutably. I do hope you can visit again. Captain 😀

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In Edinburgh to catch a concert, managed to fit in a glass of red and cups of coffee wi a wee drambuie and a baileys before last orders. Buzzing as usual but staff always welcoming n a bit of banter, musicians everywhere n much fun

Thank Mousemum
CaptainsBar, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Mousemum. Intriguing name! Thanks so much for your great comments. We really appreciate it. Captain 😀

Reviewed 22 May 2017

Loved this place, warm and friendly, bar staff were lovely and met loads of different people. Music was fabulous

Thank Mandy L
CaptainsBar, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow thanks for your great review. We really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Captain 😀

Reviewed 22 May 2017

We recently visited Edinburgh and this place was just down the street from the apartment we rented. We went one night for a couple of pints & to hear the live music. It was pretty good. We ended up going there again a few nights...More

Thank dranke
CaptainsBar, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi and thanks for your lovely review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pub and the music. Please come again. Captain😀

Reviewed 9 May 2017

My friends and I had one of the most interesting moment at Edinburg! Captains Bar is a traditional pub with very polite stuff and musician!The night in Captains bar I felt the Irish spirit and it was amazing! <3

1  Thank z0igk
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Drink and live music!! Very good bands in pleasant mood and experienced instrumentalists!! Everything is super!! Drnks, beers, whiskys with very good traditional scottish music!! Congratulations!!

Thank kabamaru000
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely off-the-beaten-track pub, holding no airs or graces, cheerful staff, good selection of spirits, highly enjoyable live music!

Thank Ajkw1991
Nearby
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-flavoured 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
...More
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Geraldine W
Where is it in relation to,Premier Inn on Royal mile
25 June 2016|
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Response from CaptainsBar | Property representative |
Hi. It's a 10 minute walk from the Royal Mile. Go along South Bridge and turn right into South College Street. There it is. Sorry I took so long to reply. I didn't know about this facility till now. Have you visited yet?
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