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Captains Bar

4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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My favourite bar

First-class music, and by far the best of the Edinburgh free folk bars. Lovely atmosphere, friendly... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
Captains Bar

Avoid at all costs! Very popular so very packed. Bought our four drinks and before one of our party... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
Old Town
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First-class music, and by far the best of the Edinburgh free folk bars. Lovely atmosphere, friendly & helpful staff, perfect pints of ale and in my experience never too crowded. I have been on many occasions and was never disappointed. Congratulations to Ewan Wilkinson for...More

Thank y0ungpensi0ner
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Avoid at all costs! Very popular so very packed. Bought our four drinks and before one of our party had a chance to get their pint from the bar the sheer volume of people meant that we were pushed closer to the bar resulting in...More

Thank bharan24
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We called in here for a drink after hearing there was live folk music played here daily. It is a fabulous little bar. The live music was great with a mixture of traditional Scottish reels and more recent folk songs. Everyone was very friendly and...More

Thank Debbie N
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We called in here following recommendations from this site. What a wonderful place! Warm and friendly and we were made to feel welcome by the staff and musicians alike. Yes, it's small, but that is half the charm. Great music, great place. If you are...More

Thank 451stevedeb
Reviewed 24 October 2017

What a great find. We wanted a drink before going for our dinner and had stumbled across this small but so friendly bar. At 5pm two guys set up and started playing music they had written themselves-amazing. If our son wasn't so hungry we would...More

1  Thank sallyd727
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We gathered at the Captain's Bar after a Book Lovers Tour that walked in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle among others. The Captain's was a favorite hangout for these men. The music was local and folk---and fun!

Thank TomGauthier
Reviewed 19 October 2017

I asked in our hotel about a different bar I had read about that offered traditional Scottish folk music. The desk clerk told me about the Captain's Bar and I am so very glad she did. We had a wonderful evening at the pub as...More

Thank TommyL1978
Reviewed 9 October 2017

A little out of the way but worth seeking out. A well known if small, nay, cramped little pub but with a very laid-back vibe, friendly welcome and good drinks options. No pretence, maybe not one for the tourist but popular with the music scene...More

Thank CoachCraigie
Reviewed 4 October 2017

A nice cozy place with captain and marine themed props and posters decorating the walls and any spare place. They had traditional Scottish music playing that evening. They had a fair selection of whiskey and most other liquors. A few tables and bar stools are...More

Thank Meenakshi S
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

There are a few sweet gems in and around Edinburgh, but this by far, is my favourite. Having lived here for 13 years, it has been a recent discovery and I couldn't be happier to have come across it. Familiar with most folk music venues,...More

Thank Gypsy_Rain82
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
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Geraldine W
25 June 2016|
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?