#107: Sandy Bell’s, Forrest Road, Edinburgh

Sandy Bell's, Forrest Road, Edinburgh (exterior)

It doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, and on a quiet night it might not seem like much to write home about, but Sandy Bell’s is a magic wee pub with a well-established reputation for live folk music.

The bar is a nice old dark wood affair, accompanied by a very traditional brownish-orange colour scheme (i.e. a bit dated). On the weekend there’s a table near the back reserved for the musicians. Once they start playing I can easily imagine I’m in a remote pub on the West coast of Ireland. The tourists that inevitably pile in for the music don’t detract from the atmosphere much, they’re mostly fairly reverent. On a good night it’ll be packed with locals and tourists alike.

The Bar

Sandy Bell's, Forrest Road, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

The first cask cider I’ve seen on this tour (Addlestone’s) plus 3 cask beers: Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted, Caledonian Deuchars and Stewart’s 80/-. On Keg: Guinness, Tennent’s Lager, Innis & Gunn Lager, McEwans Export and Budvar.

There must be at least 50 whiskies.

The round was £10.50 for 3 pints, so around £3.50 per pint.


There are a few basic hot snacks like soup etc, but I can’t remember what exactly. Don’t expect any big meals.

Castle View



I couldn’t find anything official-looking.


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