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Great bar for traditional Scottish music!

Went to Captains Bar because we were looking for a place that would have live Scottish folk music... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Excellent traditional folk music

Went there on a bar hopping Saturday night. This was by far the best bar we found in Ediburgh... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

I come here regularly and enjoy the beer and the music. Tonight I popped in, ordered my beer, and watched as the barman topped it up with the remnants of a previous pouring. Not impressed.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Captains Bar because we were looking for a place that would have live Scottish folk music. We had spent some time at a few other live music bars but they mostly had cover acts. Captains Bar is relatively small but we were able...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank aisp264
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there on a bar hopping Saturday night. This was by far the best bar we found in Ediburgh! Intimate atmosphere and great music. We LOVED the live folk by Ciaran McGhee. Would totally recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AleDeLaJara
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Visited this pub as part of a pub crawl in the afternoon. Small and cosy it has a great feel to it. Acoustic folk music adding to the atmosphere and lots of tourists enjoying it. Bar staff incredibly friendly and chatty. Place has a plethora...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DavidM299
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Had the best night of our stay in Edinburgh! This small venue certainly delivers talent in spades! It was open mic night when we visited. Lead by Kevin Gore, so many talented people got up to perform. What really knocked my socks off was when...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TizzyG
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Keep a close watch on the barman, giving you a pound less in your change, and then a few minutes going into the till and putting it into his little bag of coins on his pocket.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Alan W
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Shivam J
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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?