Scotland's capital is one of the most expensive cities in the UK for alcohol, but there are plenty of pubs and bars that offer cheap drinks in Edinburgh if you know where to look.

From old-worldly island pubs to sleek cocktail bars overlooking the city, here we round up our pick of the best places in Edinburgh to get cheap drinks.

The Chanter

(30 – 32 Bread St, Edinburgh EH3 9AF)

7 pubs in Edinburgh where you can find cheap drinks

The Chanter, Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Boasting great views of Edinburgh Castle, this pub is a popular choice for those looking for a cheap drink close to the Grassmarket and Lothian Road, with a glass of wine starting at around £3.10.

The pub shows sport on the big screen and offers a good selection of reasonably priced craft beers and a varied food menu, including plenty of vegan options.

The Standing Order

(62-66 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR)

7 pubs in Edinburgh where you can find cheap drinks

JD Wetherspoon’s Standing Order Pub. Picture: TSPL

The most attractive of Edinburgh’s Wetherspoons pubs, The standing Order is located within a grand, neo-classical former bank building. You are guaranteed a cheap pint here, with a wide selection of cask ales and draught beers available for around £3. 

Bier Hoose

(379 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH7 5HN)

Halfway down Leith Walk sits Bier Hoose, a German-inspired bar with plenty of continental and craft beers and offers throughout the year. The pub also does German-style food including currywurst, and is a favourite for German expats in Edinburgh.

The outdoor seating area is perfect for enjoying good value drinks on summer days with the house lager at £3.60 a pint and a medium glass of wine costing £4.

The Hebrides

(17 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE)

7 pubs in Edinburgh where you can find cheap drinks

Hebrides Bar. Picture: TSPL

Close to Waverley Station on Market Street, this is a cosy pub with an excellent selection of real ale at a reasonable price, perfect for those looking to settle in with a pint or a dram for an evening of conversation and traditional Scottish music. Expect island prices – around £3.50 to £4 a pint.

Joker and the Thief

(71 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AQ)

7 pubs in Edinburgh where you can find cheap drinks

Picture: Joker and the Thief.

Nestled at the top of Leith Walk, this pub named after the Bob Dylan song, has a cosy feel and a good range of craft beers available on tap with pints starting at £3.50 and a glass of wine setting you back £3.25. There is also a quiz night each week and while there’s no menu, you can order pizzas from Origano at the bar.

Greenmantle

(44 W Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9JP)

7 pubs in Edinburgh where you can find cheap drinks

Picture: Greenmantle.

This small pub does a lot to entice the student market through its doors but that doesn’t impact the quality of its food and drinks. An excellent choice for those looking to crack the £4 pint mark with a variety of beers available on tap, a popular pub quiz and some of the best burgers in the city.

Brass Monkey

(14 Drummond St, Edinburgh EH8 9TU)

7 pubs in Edinburgh where you can find cheap drinks

Picture: Brass Monkey Leith.

Located on Drummond Street just off Nicolson Street, this pub serves a decent range of beer on tap from £3.50 a pint and wine from £3.75, the pub has a good selection of whisky and gin at low prices for the Old Town and student deals.

The pub also has a movie watching room in the back full of sofas for you to relax and get comfortable while a film plays on the big screen and has a popular quiz night on Wednesdays.

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