Edinburgh -Grassmarket

The Grassmarket in Edinburgh is an areaq overlooked by the castle which used to be an animal market. It was also used for public hangings recorded in the names of two of the pubs - The Last drop and Maggie Dickson's. Apart from pubs there are lots of small speciality shops and cafes. It is an easy place to spend time in.

The Grassmarket contains seven pubs and there is an eighth called the Grassmarket just around the corner. (red icons)
They are, starting from the top and all running down the right hand side, Biddy Mulligans, Maggie Dickson's Bar, The Last Drop, The White Hart, The Beehive, and The Black Bull. Along the foot of the Grassmarket is The Fiddlers Arms and around the corner from there and up a little is the Grassmarket Pub.
Most of these pubs sell real ale, most have outside seating, most have life music most nights and most do food all day - some do all of these.

A man who was found of wine was offered some grapes as desert. "Much obliged. I am not accustomed to taking my wine in pills."

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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Biddy Mulligans has the distrressed look expected from Irish named pubs. Larger than it looks from outside, a round serving bar awaits inside the entrance. Around the otherside it opens up to reveal a larger seated are and beyond that another swerving counter. Food, outside seating and music. Also aimed a sports TV fans.

Have a pint here

real ale : Deuchars
heavy : Caledonia Best
lager : Tennent's, Starapramen
cider : Guinness

Maggie Dickson's Bar is called after a lady who survived hanging in the Grassmarket. Good sized serving area in a small uninspiring bar. Serves food all day and has outside seating

real ale :
heavy :
lager :Tennent's
cider : Strongbow Guinness

The Last Drop is a bit smaller and cramped than looks from the outside. However, it is a pleasent and popular pub. It has a good atmosphere despite being near where the gallows were (or maybe because of it!), A Nilcolson's pub.

Have a pint here

real ale : Deuchers, Stewart's 80/-
heavy : Caledonia Best
lager :Tennent's, Peroni, San Miguel
cider : Strongbow Guinness

The White Hart is a tradition style one roomed bar with a worm feel. Food, music and outside seating. It has a claim to be the city's oldest pub.
Good Pub Guide 2013
Visited by The Auldest Boozers in Toon
Have pint here

real ale :Bellhaven IPA, Bellhaven 80/-
heavy :Bellhaven Best
lager :Tennent's, Peroni, Carling
cider :Thistly Cross, Strongbow
  Guinness, Bellhaven Black Stout

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The Beehive is part of the Taylor Walker chain. It has three large rooms for sitting and eating with a variety of table sizes. Not a lot of standing room. garden and out front seating. Food all day. Beer Garden
Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2013, 2016

Have pint here
real ale : Flying Scotsman, Deuchers, Dark Moor and Red Smiddy
  (both Kelburn)
heavy :
lager : Schiehallion, Black Stella, Peroni, 1664, Carling
cider : Aspall Guinness

The Black Bull a long wide pub which gets wider after the bar. At front there is a lower seating area then stairs up to the serving area. Food all day, outside seating and regular music at nights

Have one here

real ale : Holy Cow (Borders), Thrappledance, Deuchers,
  Stewart's 80/-, Bitter & Twisted
heavy : Caledonian Best, Bellhave Best
lager : 1664, Carling, Heineken, San Miguel, Coors, Grolsch 
cider : Strongbow, Magners Guinness

The Fiddler's Arms is a small bar with an old traditional look inside but with large windows for viewing the Grassmarket. Music most nights and food all day. Some seating outside by the road.

Have a pint here
real ale : Deuchers
heavy : Caledonia best, Bitter & Twisted
lager :Tennent's, Stella, Tennent's Export
cider : Magners Guinness

W.J. Christies (formerlyThe Grassmarket Bar) is a one roomed pub just off of the Grassmarket. It has large communal tables which are great when quiet but when busy you cannot pick your neighbours.
RENAMED W J Christie & Sons

Have half pint here
real ale : pump not in use
heavy : McEwan's 70/-
lager : Hieneken, 1664, Fosters
 cider : Strongbow Guinness

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