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Edinburgh Child Friendly Pubs and Bars
Edinburgh Child Friendly pubs and bars!
The pubs below allow young children (including under 10), Avril and Astra researched these pubs for you. It's a hard job but someone has to do it.
The legal unrestricted drinking age in Scotland is 18.
Young people aged 16 or 17 can drink beer, wine or cider with a meal if it is bought by an adult and they are accompanied by an adult. It is illegal for this age group to drink spirits in pubs even with a meal.
16 and 17 year olds can also buy beer, wine or cider so long as it's served with a meal and consumed in an area used solely for eating meals.
It is against the law for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence, supermarket, or other outlet, or for anyone to buy alcohol for someone under 18 to consume in a pub or a public place.
Deacon Brodies is located on the Royal Mile. There's a thriving pub downstairs and families may eat upstairs, food is very good!
Deacon Brodies is named after the man who inspired the novel 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' which was written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Comfy large booths are located at the back of the bar.
Interesting Playhouse memorabilia on the walls.
The Theatre Royal Bar is located off Leith Walk, a 5 minute walk from the East end of Princes Street and next to the Edinburgh Playhouse.
A bit further out (car required or bus journey), and highly recommended is the Hawes Inn which is located in South Queensferry.
The Hawes Inn is situated by the forth railway bridge. Dating back to the 17th century, the pub was an inspiration for Edinburgh author Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1886 he stayed in Room 13. The story 'Kidnapped' has the character David Balfour abducted from this lodge.
The Inn was also used as a hospital for workers injured whilst building the Forth Railway Bridge.
Maggie Dicksons Pub is located in the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh Old Town. Maggie was 'executed' here by hanging on the 2nd September 1724. However she survived the hanging and lived for a further 40 years with the nickname Half-Hangit Maggie. Children are allowed until 6pm.
Child friendly pubs just off Princes Street
Children are welcome in the restaurant area which is on the 1st floor.
The Abbotsford Bar,
3-5 Rose Street
Tiles Bistro & Bar,
1 St. Andrew Square
Children are welcome until 8pm.
159 Rose Street
Click on the photo to see the most interesting interior. This pub is a favourite!
Children over 5 are welcome until 9pm at the far end of the bar.
The Bad Ass next to Dirty Dicks welcomes young children and provides high chairs. Very friendly and helpful staff.
The names may put you off but they are all pubs we recommend!!
17 West Register St.
Children are welcome in this dining area. Fantastic Interior!
Lunch 12-3pm Dinner 6-10pm
Theatre Royal Bar,
Just off Leith Street.
Child friendly pubs on or near The Royal Mile
The Filling Station,
Not a 'British Pub', it's more like an American sports bar. Mexican/Texan style food (except in the UK you dont have to wait until you are 21 to have an alcohol drink!).
Further out but highly recommended (car or bus)
The view from outside hawes Inn towards the Forth Road Bridge (before the new bridge was built!)
We will be adding more pubs as we find them!
Child friendly pubs near Stockbridge
The Orchard Pub is located a few minutes walk from the Edinburgh Botanics.
1/2 Howard Place,
Child portions available
The Bailie Pub is located in Stockbridge. Real fires in winter and a friendly ambience. The Bailie allows children into the tabled dining area before 5pm and when food is being served. Childrens menus are also available, their scampi and chips with a Magners cider is a great combination!
The Royal MacGregor bar and restaurant is located on the Royal Mile. Children over 5 are allowed into this popular pub until 8pm.
The Doric Tavern located on 15 Market Street (just down from the Royal Mile), has fantastic food and comfortable ambience in its upstairs restaurant. Childs menu too. We highly recommend a visit - especially if you are Gluten Free as the menus are clearly marked for GF foods. Gluten Free bread also available as a substitute. There is often live music in the downstairs bar (no children in that area).
More Edinburgh City Centre Child Friendly Pubs
Au Bar (another favourite of ours) is located on Shandwick Place (West end of Princes Street a stones throw from the West end Princes Street Tram stop). Friendly staff, nice ambience, and they allow children in the back area of the pub.
They have different hours for weeknights and weekend nights where children are allowed - but they are allowed in at least until 6pm every day.
Good selection of child and teenager appealing starters (Nachos etc), and mains such as Burgers.