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Sandy Bells

25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
+44 131 225 2751
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Run here for great traditional music!

Love this pub for traditional music! Loved the performers! Hard core musicians too. Very fun night... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Caroline H
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Awesome Pub with Great Music

You must go to Sandy Bells if you are in Edinburgh. It is a great pub with traditional scottish... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jennifer B
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“folk music” (23 reviews)
“malt whiskies” (4 reviews)
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25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
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"great range of beers"
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"wee pub"
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"a wee bit"
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"bar staff"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this pub for traditional music! Loved the performers! Hard core musicians too. Very fun night! Drinks here were good too.

Thank Caroline H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You must go to Sandy Bells if you are in Edinburgh. It is a great pub with traditional scottish folk music jam sessions. The bartenders are wonderful and gracious. All the people we met there were just awesome and friendly. We loved this place and...More

Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just what you'd imagine - traditional local musicians jamming on jigs, reels, other folk tunes, while you sit and drink a pint. Perfect evening.

Thank Greg B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Please do not skip to visit this place after 21.00. Music, atmosphere, whisky is amazing! You will love it, i loves it!

Thank Taner Ö
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

Great pub with super atmosphere. Music was good and of a high standard. However the time we were there it got a bit repetitive and we got the impression the musicians were a wee bit self indulgent. There was no singing but even so it...More

Thank Kenny L
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Went by chance on a Friday night and was able to hear a relaxed folk music session. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and good beer!

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

As a group of itinerant travellers, two weegies and two borderers, we decided to visit the Sandy Bells for the first time to check if Embra had any real pubs! (Not the synthetic types seemingly favoured by most tourists) We were not disappointed! Dropping in...More

Thank Eric Morrison
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

I had read the many positive reviews about this charming venue, known by musicians and folk lovers from all over the world and being in Edinburgh, we didn’t wonna miss this... Sandy Bell’s is very much alive, even in the afternoon. One can enjoy the...More

Thank rudes
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

A local feel even though most of the patrons later in the evening were tourists. Real "local" folk music. A nice selection of hand-drawn and tap beers. More than 120 malt whiskies. Some times of the night a crowded bar area. The staff was very...More

Thank MusicMan3210
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great spot for live music and wide selection of well-priced Scotch. Bartenders were friendly and were highly tolerant of our strong touristy vibes. A must-visit in Edinburgh!

1  Thank Teresa D
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Rick N
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
No idea. I was there for the music. Great, spontaneous.
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