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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.