#166: Bannerman’s, Cowgate, Edinburgh

Bannerman's, Cowgate, Edinburgh

Bannerman’s is one of Edinburgh’s most enduring live music venues, with big names from a wide range of genres playing here regularly. It makes good use of a large space beneath the South Bridge for gigs, but you have to get through the pub to reach it.

The pub itself is a little touristy and/or studenty, but generally quite good if you like it lively. It’s got real beer, reasonably priced food and a good atmosphere. The old stone walls, woodwork and low ceilings give it a well-trodden old tavern sort of look. On this occasion we were serenaded by hard rock on the stereo.

It’s a Caledonian Heritable pub, so in cahoots with Ryan’s Bar, The Peartree, Tiles, etc, etc.

This was pub 12 of 19 on our random February blowout. We were only aiming for 8 but got very carried away. Quality will suffer, sorry. I’m not proud of the achievement, it was stupid.

The Bar

Bannerman's, Cowgate, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

After 4 bars in a row with only big name keg beers, it was good to finally see some cask ales: Inveralmond Tight Head Ale, Caledonian Deuchars and Fraoch. Kegs: Kronenbourg 1664, Tennent’s Lager (x2), Stewart’s Edinburgh Gold, Caledonia Best, Calton Gold, Guinness, Carling, McEwan’s Red and Strongbow.

Again, no record of the price of the round. I told you quality would tail off as the night progressed.


A small but well-priced menu, but basically toasties, paninis, burgers, haggis or nachos, all £6.50 or less. My notes say nachos £7.50, maybe that was for the large Russ-sized portion.


Lots of live music. There’s a pool table, free until 6pm daily according to their website.

Castle View



Website: www.bannermanslive.co.uk
Facebook: Bannermans Bar
Twitter (abandoned?): @BannermansBar


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