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Captains Bar

4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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Quirky Traditional Olde Pub with Live Folk Music

Lovely bar with a traditional ye olde theme. Great life folk music session and friendly staff... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Travel_Jive
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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A highlight of our trip to Edinburgh

Thank you to the people in Captains Bar for making our trip to Edinburgh one that we will never... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Carol O
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New Jersey
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely bar with a traditional ye olde theme. Great life folk music session and friendly staff. Quirky and Sweet Pub near the centre of Edinburgh and within walking distance of top attractions. A lovely place to come and listen to the music or join in....More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Thank you to the people in Captains Bar for making our trip to Edinburgh one that we will never forget. The bar staff are welcoming (Thank you to Sebastian for great service!) and the music is wonderful. We couldn't stay away - visited 3 times...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

Edinburgh is full of great pubs and bars, but this must be one of the best. 5min walk away from busy Royal Mile, which is full of pubs, but worth of short walk. On Saturday night place was FULL at 10pm and that's because there...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

We stopped in here last tuesday evening for a couple of drinks after having our evening meal at ginger restaurant. Firstly we found the atmosphere to be so friendly and inviting, the drinks were reasonably priced and had a good selection. The highlight was the...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We Always visit when in Edinburgh even bought a cd of the music 🎵 from the bar a while ago . If you enjoy live music and talented artist from all over and quiet pint this quirky little place is a deffo worth a visit...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Our second time in Edinburgh. Both trips we visited C.B several times. This time also on a wednesday; when they have "1 singer - 1song" by local folk-singers. Best night ever! Friendly staff and good local lager and ale. We'll be back!

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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

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CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

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

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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

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CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

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

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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

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CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

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

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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

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CaptainFolk, Owner at Captains Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

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

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Geraldine W
25 June 2016|
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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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