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Captains Bar

4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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First-class music, and by far the best of the Edinburgh free folk bars. Lovely atmosphere, friendly... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
y0ungpensi0ner
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
Captains Bar

Avoid at all costs! Very popular so very packed. Bought our four drinks and before one of our party... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
bharan24
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Captain's Bar has Scottish Folk music nightly in this historic and traditional bar in the old town. Close to the Royal Mile but a genuine Scottish bar where people appreciate talented musicians. Some nights are traditional singing - old folk songs and contemporary. Other nights are acoustic fiddle, guitar, flute and bagpipes. There are special folk sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The bar sells coffee and has wifi and a book exchange. Small seated area and the rest is standing area.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

First-class music, and by far the best of the Edinburgh free folk bars. Lovely atmosphere, friendly & helpful staff, perfect pints of ale and in my experience never too crowded. I have been on many occasions and was never disappointed. Congratulations to Ewan Wilkinson for...More

Thank y0ungpensi0ner
CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Young Pensioner, I'm loving your name! Thanks so much for the review. It makes me very happy that you have enjoyed your visit and thanks for your shout out to Ewan Wilkinson. He's a great singer and we really enjoy his sessions too. I...More

Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Avoid at all costs! Very popular so very packed. Bought our four drinks and before one of our party had a chance to get their pint from the bar the sheer volume of people meant that we were pushed closer to the bar resulting in...More

Thank bharan24
CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Bharan24, I'm so sorry that you feel that we have wronged you. Your comments are quite incorrect though. In most places if you spill a beer then the person who spilt the beer would offer to replace it for you. If someone knocked your...More

Reviewed 28 October 2017

We called in here for a drink after hearing there was live folk music played here daily. It is a fabulous little bar. The live music was great with a mixture of traditional Scottish reels and more recent folk songs. Everyone was very friendly and...More

Thank Debbie N
CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Debbie, Thank you for taking the time to review us. I really appreciate your comments. So glad you enjoyed your visit. Captain

Reviewed 28 October 2017

We called in here following recommendations from this site. What a wonderful place! Warm and friendly and we were made to feel welcome by the staff and musicians alike. Yes, it's small, but that is half the charm. Great music, great place. If you are...More

Thank 451stevedeb
CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Stevedeb, Thanks for taking the time to review us. I enjoyed your comments and I think you have seen the real Captains. We love our folk music and we enjoy people coming along to listen. I hope you get a chance to come again....More

Reviewed 24 October 2017

What a great find. We wanted a drink before going for our dinner and had stumbled across this small but so friendly bar. At 5pm two guys set up and started playing music they had written themselves-amazing. If our son wasn't so hungry we would...More

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CaptainFolk, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Sally, Thank you so much for your great comments and for taking time to review us. We appreciate it. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Captains

Reviewed 23 October 2017

We gathered at the Captain's Bar after a Book Lovers Tour that walked in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle among others. The Captain's was a favorite hangout for these men. The music was local and folk---and fun!More

Thank TomGauthier
CaptainFolk, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Tom, Thanks so much for your review and taking the time to write about us. Did you know that the poet William Topaz McGonagall lived above Captains for about 20 years until his death? Such a great literary history in the area. We love...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

I asked in our hotel about a different bar I had read about that offered traditional Scottish folk music. The desk clerk told me about the Captain's Bar and I am so very glad she did. We had a wonderful evening at the pub as...More

Thank TommyL1978
CaptainFolk, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear TommyL Thank you for your review and kind comments. It sounds like you had a lovely visit and thanks for recommending us on trip advisor. Perhaps you'll be able to visit us again. Captains

Reviewed 9 October 2017

A little out of the way but worth seeking out. A well known if small, nay, cramped little pub but with a very laid-back vibe, friendly welcome and good drinks options. No pretence, maybe not one for the tourist but popular with the music scene...More

Thank CoachCraigie
CaptainFolk, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Coach Craigie, Thank you so much for your review and kind comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed the bar. I hope you'll be back to visit us. Captains

Reviewed 4 October 2017

A nice cozy place with captain and marine themed props and posters decorating the walls and any spare place. They had traditional Scottish music playing that evening. They had a fair selection of whiskey and most other liquors. A few tables and bar stools are...More

Thank Meenakshi S
CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Captains. Your comments are much appreciated. I think your description is good and yes there is not too many seats. Although in total there are actually 30 seats but with musicians and regulars filling the place up...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

There are a few sweet gems in and around Edinburgh, but this by far, is my favourite. Having lived here for 13 years, it has been a recent discovery and I couldn't be happier to have come across it. Familiar with most folk music venues,...More

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CaptainFolk, Manager at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. I appreciate all your lovely comments and look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Captains

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Geraldine W
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Response from CaptainsBar | Property representative |
Hi. It's a 10 minute walk from the Royal Mile. Go along South Bridge and turn right into South College Street. There it is. Sorry I took so long to reply. I didn't know about this facility till now. Have you visited yet?
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