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Sandy Bells

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Aaaaaaah! At last. An informal Celtic music setting outside Ireland

You can tell what this place is like by those who have written negative reviews. It is in fact... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michael B
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Traditional Scottish Music

Sandy Bell hosts traditional Scottish music sessions in the back of the pub. The musicians--there... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Daryl C
Pleasanton, California
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25 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
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+44 131 225 2751
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Reviewed 5 days ago

You can tell what this place is like by those who have written negative reviews. It is in fact exactly what it says on the packet. An informal music session where someone picks up an instrument and plays what he wants to - when he...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We are delighted with Edinburgh - a third visit to this interesting city. But visiting Sandy Bell’s was a major disappointment. It makes all the lists for places to hear live music in Edinburgh. The pub’s own website goes on about their pride in traditional...More

Thank GaddisGadabout
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took some friends from Hong Kong to see some traditional scottish music,but this turned out to be a complete embarrassment. The musicians clearly did not want to talk to us and were very dismissive. They spent over 5 minutes between each piece just talking...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sandy Bell hosts traditional Scottish music sessions in the back of the pub. The musicians--there were four of them when we visited--sit around a table and play. The place gets really crowded so show up early if you want to sit close enough to hear...More

Thank Daryl C
Reviewed 25 June 2018

It's a marvellous place to have a pint and enjoying some traditional scottish music. I sumply love this place!

2  Thank Sandra G
Reviewed 23 June 2018

Had a lovely and warm welcome at the Sandy Bells. Convivial atmosphere and great people. Got a prime spot to sit in a nook near the musicians. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening!

1  Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 23 June 2018

We had a terrific time and hope to return. It is small but lively and friendly. Good whiskey specials.

1  Thank s0uthernbelle16
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Spent an afternoon having a few drinks at the Sandy Bells. Great selection of beers, we were made to feel welcome by the barman and all the locals. Live music was an additional bonus. Pub was very busy, which is always a sign of a...More

1  Thank 127emyrj
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Old but very cool bar with authentic folk music, and musicians playing in the back of this tiny spot seem to step in and step out of the group - all were extremely talented. I loved the guy on the standing bass; he was so...More

2  Thank TomarlittleRhody
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Cute wee bar crammed full. Service was ok. Musicians are at the back in a wee nook so even when we got very close we couldn't hear them. Obviously great fun in your in the ckeak. I'd leave them to it.

2  Thank scottishfoodlover013
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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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Rick N
6 September 2017|
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
No idea. I was there for the music. Great, spontaneous.