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Small Local Music Stop

A small spot to grab a drink and here some local music. There is not much space and can get crowded... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Live music - a real treat!

This tiny bar is a gem for live folk music. The drinks are cheap, the seats almost non-existent... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
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+44 131 557 2976
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This tiny bar is a gem for live folk music. The drinks are cheap, the seats almost non-existent, and the vibe is authentic. It’s a hole in the wall place and don’t go if you want to talk or watch a game. It’s to hear...More

Thank Becca3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I used to visit this pub for the live folk music quite regularly when I lived and worked in Edinburgh during the 1990s. How times have changed. Went as part of a business trip, following dinner in a lovely Edinburgh restaurant. Our team only had...More

1  Thank R B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old locals singing, drinking whiskey and Guinness. There’s no program I think, but every night there’s a fold musician there. Sometimes they tell short stories. I loved it.

Thank hdarjus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking for the Oak website to send it to a friend who will be traveling to Auld Reekie soon, stumbled upon Trip Advisor, and noticed the several one star "worst pub ever" reviews. DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE FOLKS! They are likely tourists...More

1  Thank izzolaw
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Don’t go! If they pay you, pick you up, and pay for your drinks, don’t go. Run fast. Absolutely the worst place ever.

Thank Bgetze
Reviewed 13 May 2018

A small spot to grab a drink and here some local music. There is not much space and can get crowded quickly, but well worth it to hear some of the local musicians playing with each other before heading out to their regular gigs. Expect...More

Thank Giraffe_Sighting
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

In the later 1990s, I was about 30 yrs old blonde California. I heard Jimmy in his late 70s perform the most beautiful song, tears in my eyes. I told him on my way out I was from America and it was the most beautiful...More

Thank Anne F
Reviewed 25 April 2018

We were at The Festival Theatre on Sunday afternoon 22nd April . We called in to this dump for a pint , and hoped to hear some folk music , on the way back to our hotel ..got my pint and while listening to the...More

2  Thank DuncanandJanice
Reviewed 16 April 2018

The heart and soul of Edinburgh's folk scene, in my opinion. We were up for the weekend a the evening here was our favourite part of the trip. I've always enjoyed coming into the Royal Oak for the beer and for listening to a musician...More

Thank Ed G
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Was recommended this little pub by my tour guide today and it didn't disappoint. Very quaint, with lovely staff and amazing live music. Highly recommend if you want an enjoyable evening with great people.

Thank Emily B
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
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
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