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Sandy Bells

25 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
+44 131 225 2751
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Excellent pub

Spent an afternoon having a few drinks at the Sandy Bells. Great selection of beers, we were made... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
127emyrj
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North Wales, United Kingdom
Very tight quarters but fun

Old but very cool bar with authentic folk music, and musicians playing in the back of this tiny... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TomarlittleRhody
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25 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
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"traditional pub"
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"malt whiskies"
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"scottish folk music"
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"small pub"
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"great traditional music"
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"music session"
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"musicians play"
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"recently visited edinburgh"
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"bag pipes"
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"a wee bit"
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"reels"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent an afternoon having a few drinks at the Sandy Bells. Great selection of beers, we were made to feel welcome by the barman and all the locals. Live music was an additional bonus. Pub was very busy, which is always a sign of a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old but very cool bar with authentic folk music, and musicians playing in the back of this tiny spot seem to step in and step out of the group - all were extremely talented. I loved the guy on the standing bass; he was so...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Cute wee bar crammed full. Service was ok. Musicians are at the back in a wee nook so even when we got very close we couldn't hear them. Obviously great fun in your in the ckeak. I'd leave them to it.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Great little pub with live music too. We stopped in here twice on our trip. I loved that is was dog friendly 😊

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Unless you're a regular I wouldn't bother. Service was atrocious and treated with contempt. Far better pubs in the area.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Not the first time we have visited when in Edinburgh for the weekend. Great pub friendly staff & customers. Music is mostly folk/Scottish great atmosphere. Fantastic selection of gins & whisky there is actually a menu as so many to choose from. You will find...More

1  Thank GlasgowAnnon
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Love this pub for traditional music! Loved the performers! Hard core musicians too. Very fun night! Drinks here were good too.

1  Thank Caroline H
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

You must go to Sandy Bells if you are in Edinburgh. It is a great pub with traditional scottish folk music jam sessions. The bartenders are wonderful and gracious. All the people we met there were just awesome and friendly. We loved this place and...More

2  Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Just what you'd imagine - traditional local musicians jamming on jigs, reels, other folk tunes, while you sit and drink a pint. Perfect evening.

1  Thank Greg B
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Please do not skip to visit this place after 21.00. Music, atmosphere, whisky is amazing! You will love it, i loves it!

2  Thank Taner Ö
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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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Rick N
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
No idea. I was there for the music. Great, spontaneous.
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