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The Royal Oak

Open Now: 11:30 - 02:00
Open today: 11:30 - 02:00
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Never been in a pub as small as this before, it was like sitting in someone’s living room. Feels a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Atlanta USA
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Classic pub experience

Over for a drink with the entire family, stayed for a whole evening. Loved the live music and... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
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1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 557 2976
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing night on Sat night. Great atmosphere and Kieran was brilliant. As were on the musicians before he came on. Smallest bar (Have another bar in basement) I have been in since littlest bar in Boston. Full of atmosphere and definitely worth a visit. It...More

Thank Sherpa814256
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never been in a pub as small as this before, it was like sitting in someone’s living room. Feels a little awkward as you sit (or stand) and listen to music.

Thank Expattraveler100
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere, quality live music, excellent beer and a singing landlady. What more could you want?

Thank Andy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am really greatful that I was suggested this place. Everything is so simple and authentic and I really enjoyed my scotch listening to live Scottish music. A voice accompanied by a violin. Really loved it. An unforgettable and authentic experience.

Thank Lyxandros P
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

If you’re looking for an authentic Scottish feel pub look no further. We visited on a Wednesday and they had a fantastic one man folk singer and his dog who got everyone into the music and just added to a great evening, we left at...More

Thank LittleXy
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Over for a drink with the entire family, stayed for a whole evening. Loved the live music and drinks always on the going! Definitely coming back

Thank AnneKiera
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

But really small! So come early! We visited the bar during the Fringe Festival, but we heard that kind of music and musicians ist always there. This evening it was a guy from US, two Scotsman and a young lady that came by just for...More

Thank Fischhaendler
Reviewed 30 July 2018

the Royal Oak is an old School pud, zero frills, with a great 'vibe', very chilled out, music being played live. really nice. This is not a pub for you if you want a chrome-laden bar, fancy drinks, the 'chattering classes' and 'bright young things'...More

Thank Affles
Reviewed 9 July 2018 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 5 July 2018 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

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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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Liat G
2 September 2018|
Response from Lins M |
No they don't serve food but there's a good selection of places to grab food in close proximity to the pub.