#227: The Royal Oak, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

The Royal Oak, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Royal Oak is a small bar with regular folk music, one of the most well-kent folk bars in town. It’s a very straight-forward pub with a wooden bar, light walls, a real fire, a few wee tables, fitted bench (where musicians sit), some paintings, photos and Robert Burns quotes on the walls. It’s the second pub we’ve noticed the Pub Stops of Edinburgh poster. There’s not much more to it upstairs than what’s in the photo below. The room downstairs is perhaps a bit bigger but it’s not typically open during the week (I’ve never seen it myself).

There were perhaps 6 folk in on this Tuesday night visit, some sitting quietly, one friendly guy at the bar talked to us about football. We were just leaving as a guy showed up who turned out to be the evening’s musical entertainment, we should have stuck around longer. It gets really packed in here with locals and tourists alike, a friendly spot.

The Bar

The Royal Oak, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Caledonian Deuchars and Flying Scotsman, Cairngorm Gold. Kegs: Kronenbourg 1664, Fosters, Guinness, McEwans 60, 70 and 80.

I’ve no record of the price of the round, sorry, but likely under £4 a pint.


Nothing more than nuts and crisps, as far as I could tell.


Live music upstairs every night. The Lounge Bar downstairs seats around 30, but is generally only open weekend nights and for some live shows, including shows at the Fringe.

Castle View



Website: www.royal-oak-folk.com
Facebook: The Royal Oak


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