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Little gem of a place.

You must visit the Captain's Bar if you love folk music some great musicians are there many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alan W
London, United Kingdom
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Music and beer!

I look in on a Wednesday now and then. I enjoy the music and the beer; it's a small place and the... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Bella M
Norwich, 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...more
4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You must visit the Captain's Bar if you love folk music some great musicians are there many afternoons and evenings. Eddie who works in this pub may come across a little quiet but when he goes to the end cupboard and gets his violin out...More

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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

I look in on a Wednesday now and then. I enjoy the music and the beer; it's a small place and the people are friendly.

1  Thank Bella M
Reviewed 27 July 2018

We were there the night Neil Thompson was playing. Everything about the evening was great. There was some magical moments as well. The feeling in the room was of a community enjoying an evening of folk music and conversation together. Highly recommend to anyone looking...More

1  Thank MitchellSJ
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Great place to see Ciaran McGhee play some great classic Scottish and Irish music with covers. Highly recommend. Would love to go back and see him play at this bar.

1  Thank Shivam J
Reviewed 13 July 2018

We wanted a traditional folk music experience and that's what we got. Great combo of diverse folk lovers turning up to do their thing and wide selection of beers and ciders. Only visiting Edinburgh briefly so drifted over the Sandy's Bar where we found no...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

I was at your bar on friday night for a couple of beers. Really enjoyed talking to the swedish barkeeper. He was very nice and made me feel really welcome-although Sweden kicked Switzerland out in football😊. I most definetely be back!

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

A couple of weeks ago on our first visit to Scotland we popped in to this great cosy Edinburgh bar to experience some 'real' live Scottish folk music. And we were not disappointed.Gilly Hewitt was the main performer for the Saturday afternoon. Her singing was...More

Thank Louise L
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We were in Edinburgh last week for three days and each night we dropped into this small neighbourhood pub. The music just kept getting better and better. Wednesday night is one singer one song night. We heard wonderful musicians playing traditional songs and some of...More

1  Thank Raqi-Char
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We visited this establishment quite a few times, and were always happy with the happy blend of great music, pleasant staff and the kind and open atmosphere. A must see in Edinburgh.

Thank Slaghout
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

I was sent here by a local and right away you can tell this is a local pub not a tacky chain. It's a very tiny pub but super friendly. The best part was the round of musicians playing folk music together and independently. You...More

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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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Geraldine W
25 June 2016|
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?