Edinburgh - Haymarket-Lothian Rd 1/2

Trail 2 Haymarket Station to Lothian Rd/Princes Street (Green icons)

This tour of the pubs (marked with the blue indication points on the map) starts from Haymarket station.

Start at Ryries which is found right outside the station. Across from that on the junction is The Haymarket. Walk up the road on the right side of the Haymarket pub, called Morrision St, and find The Spider's Web, while further up on the corner is Diane's Pool Hall. Continue up Morrison St and crossover to Carters Bar. Cross back over and slightly further up is Thompsons Bar.
There is now a little walk passed the Edinburgh Internatioonal Conference Centre until almost at Lothian Road (recognised by being extremely busy) where there is Lebowskis, just before the corner.
Turn left down Lothian Road and cross over to visit The Beer Kitchen, then cross back over to the square in front of the Sheraton Hotel there is All Bar One in the far right corner. Leaving here cross the road to Shakespears on the corner beside the Usher Hall. Then further down from this is the Red Squirrel.
After these bars continuing down Lothian Rd to Princes St there are five bars at the junction of the five roads found here where Princes Street (see start of trail 1 - Edinburgh West End)

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Ryries bar is just outside Haymarket station. There is a long bar with a smaller sitting room beyond. Six pumps but only one on to sell real ale. Fridges were bare and some lager was off. It has an attractive public bar feel. Entrance doors a bit cramped, especially if smokers there.
An entry in "Scotland's True Heritage Pubs"
Have one here
real ale : Flying Scotsman (more pumps but no more beer)
heavy : Caledonian Best
lager : Carling Stella, Fosters, Bud
 cider : Strongbow Guinness

Haymarket is a large pub set on the apex of a Y-junction which gives it an more interesting shape insdie. It is a Nicolson's pub - one of 7 in the city. There is a lot of room in it but it can be crowded at the bar. 12 pumps of real ale were available. There is more seating upstairs
Have two here here

real ale : Deuchers, Nicolson’s PA, Doombar, Hummingbird, Bell 80, Fat Sprat (Adnams), Two Tides (Sharp’s), Timothy Taylor Dark Mild
heavy : John Smith, McEwan's 70/-
lager : Tennent’s; Peroni, Carling; Urquell
cider : Aspall Guinness

Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.
Compton Mackenzie

The Jolly Botanist (formerlly The Spider's Web)
Have a pint here
Real ale: Deuchers
Heavy; Coast To Coast; Peculiar IPA
Lager: Heiniken, Birra Moretti, Affligem, Amstel, , 3 Hop Lager
Cider: Symonds Guinness

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Diane's Pool Hall has cheap pool, cheap beer and a largely male bias. Loud customers, loud juuke box, lots of TVs
Have a half pint here
real ale : nil
heavy :Caledonia Best
lager :Tennent's, Stella, Carling
cider :Magners

Monty's (formerly called Carters Bar) is a small intimate bar. Sqashed seating either side of staircase leading to balcony over the bar.
Have a pint here
real ale : Devil's Advovate (Caledonian), October Zest
heavy :Bellhaven Best
lager :Kirin Ichiban, Stella, Red Stripe; Tennent's
cider : Strongbow Guinness

Thompson's has two entrances to a one roomed bar. Wood dominates not just behind the bar but around the doors as well. Tables around the sides but plenty of standing room. Real ale is not luxury good. Loud and chatty.
Real Ale guide (CAMRA) 2016
Featured in Bob Steel's Edinburgh Pub Walks
Have one or two here
real ale : London Pride, Jarl,Bitter & Twisted, Tynesdie Blonde
heavy : MeEwan 80/-; Bellhaven Best
lager :Tennent's
cider : Strongbow Guinness

Lebowskis  has a bar to the left with lots of standing room and some tall tables. Further to the right is a lot more seating. Outside decking to watch the traffic from.
Have a half pint here
real ale : Deuchers
heavy : Bellhaven Best,
lager :Carling, Coors, Grolsch, San Miguel, Heiniken
cider : Addlestone Guinness

The Beer Kitchen is a bar diner by Innes and Gunn has stools and shelve looking out of the windows eiither side of the door. Up a step or two is a long metal bar counter on the left hand side. Opposite this is booth seating. Food offered all day. Some outside seating on pavement

Real Ale: Jarl (Fyne Ales); Landlord; Pilot Stout; Edinburgh Pale Ale (Edinburgh)
Craft: Lagunitas IPA (Lagunitas Brewing, USA); Innes & Gunn Toasted Oak; Innes & Gunn Original; Camden (Camden)
Lager: Innes & Gunn Lager; Camden (Camden)
Cider: Thistly Cross (real)

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