Edinburgh -West End 1/2

Trail 2- Princes St to Haymarket Station (yellow icons)
Take a train to Waverley station and walk through the Princes Street Gardens to reach the end of Princes Street and the start of the West End.

At this end of Princes Street there is a junction of five roads and there several bars to visit. After leaving the gardens reach the corner and cross Lothian Road. On the opposite corner is the Huxley (formerly Rutland Bar) and to the right of it, in a converted church, is the Ghillie Dhu. The street is now Shandwick Place.

Looking aross the road and to the right there are two roads intesecting together - Hope Street to the right and Queensferry St to the left - with the start of Shandwick Place. Hudsons is on the Hope Street (right hand street), Ryan's Bar at the apex of the junction  and across Broughton St (the left road) from Ryan's is HP Mather.
These first five bars are also the last five of trail 2 (see below). This makes it possible to link these to together into one long trail.

Around the corner and walking down Shandwick Place is The Grosvener and back over on the left at a corner is the Au Bar (described on next page)
You are now in a large impressive crescent called Coates Crescent. Back track a little to the side road across Shandwick Place from the Au Bar. This is called Stafford St. Walk up this and take the first left into William St. Along here, opposite one another, are Teuchters and Bert's Bar. Continue along William Street and turn left and walk back down to the middle of Coates Cescent.
There is now a short walk to the Mercat Bar still on the right hand pavement and then, finally, on the opposite side of the road is The Haymarket. On the opposire junction, besdie the station, is Ryries. 
These last two bars are also the first two of trail 2 (see below). This makes it possible to link these to together into one long trail.

I drink so much that the last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.

Rodney Dangerfield

Huxleys (formerly (Rutland Bar) is a well designed curved room with booths and variety of stylesof tables and chairs. Lots of tables for two. Music and lighting to relax to.Large windows to people watch at this busy junction. Food served.
now called THE HUXLEY
Have a half pint here

real ale : nil
heavy :Deuchars, Bitter & twisted, Caledonia Best, Bellhaven Best
lager :Schiehallion,, Birra Moretta, Heiniken,Carling, St Mungos
cider : Strongbow Guinness

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Ghillie Dhu is a converted church which has been floored to have a large function/band room upstairs and a large (church sized) 'public bar' at street level. There is a long serving area with plenty of standing room and long tall tables. Beyond that is a large seating/dining area, raised up a few steps, where music is also pervformed during the evening. Behind the bar there are furtehr booths for four or snugs for bigger parties. The booths can be served through small hatches in the back bar. Food served.
Have a pint here

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

The Angel's Share (formerly Hudsonsis the bar of a hotel. It is modern and very shiny. Low lights, low music and dining tables for two. Food served.
Have a half pint here

real ale : nil
heavy :Innes & Gunn, (only by the half pint), Bellhave Best,
lager :Carlsberg, San Miguel, Heineken
cider : Strongbow Guinness

Ryan's is a large round bar on a junction corner. It has a high ornate ceiling. There is a restaurant downstairs and a coffee bar in the right hand curve. Lots of tables close together (small & round seating 4 to give a cafe feel) and not a lot of standing room except at the bar. Outside seating along the road. Serves food.

Have one here

real ale : Old speckled Hen, Deuchars, Bitter & twisted, Stewarts 80/-
heavy : Innes & Gunn, Bellhave Best
lager :Tennent's, 1664, Carling, Heineken, Stella, Blue Moon,
cider : Strongbow Guinness

 HP Mathers is an old style bar which has retained its old bar charm - mainly men; some drunks; lots of chatter; three different sports on TV; a wooden floor where it is impossible to see the planks. The tall mirrored back gantry is great.
One of Scotland's Heritage pubs
Featured in Bob Steel's Edinburgh Pub Walks

Have a pint here

real ale : 6X, deauchers, Flying Scotsman, West End cask
heavy : Bellhaven best,, McEwan's 70/-. John Smiths
lager :Tennent's, Stella, Carlsberg
cider : Strongbow Guinness

Grosvenor serving area to the left is long and the drinking space narrow. To the right is a larger seating area with booths and tables.

Have a half pint here

real ale : Deuchers
heavy : Caledonia best,
lager :Tennent's, Stella, 1664, Peroni, Stella Black
cider : Aspall , Weston'sWyld Wood real cider Guinness

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