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Jolly Judge

Closed Now: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Open today: 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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A great bar with real cider

In the old town it is hard to find a place that is genuine. This is a great little pub with a good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
Jolly nice place

I love it here because there is such a fantastic range of beers; interesting stouts and some of the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Jolly Judge public bar in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Low beamed ceilings, warm fire and a tranquil atmosphere, this is Scottish hospitality at its best. Sample the wide range of malt whiskies, real ales and tempting bar...more
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7 James Court 493 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 2669
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the old town it is hard to find a place that is genuine. This is a great little pub with a good selection of proper non commercial cider and some real ale. It her plenty of whiskey, but not in a pretentious way. I...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I love it here because there is such a fantastic range of beers; interesting stouts and some of the strongest scrumpy I’ve tasted in a long time. I always this an indication of a good pub is when they have foreign currency on the walls....More

Thank Jacobaos
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We stopped over to JJ for a few drinks after getting a recommendation from a friend who visited a few months back. I have to say that the customer service in scotland is not good at all. With that being said I was greeted in...More

Thank robjps23
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

We searched for a recomended beer bar and it is nice but the very rude attendants can spoil your experience.

Thank Artur C
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We arranged to meet our friends at the Jolly Judge. It was our first time there. It’s a dinky place with not a great deal of room. We did manage to get ourselves a table and sat happily catching up with them and chatting to...More

Thank Teresa711
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Just off the Royal Mile. We went down a little alleyway and discovered this little gem. The welcome was warm and it was pouring down outside but the area felt cute and cosy. The beer was great and the service excellent

Thank Brenda H
Reviewed July 30, 2018

We found the Jolly Judge quite by chance one lunchtime when visiting the Royal Mile.An underground pub with a lovely atmosphere, really friendly barmaid and a great way to spend a relaxed lunch. The selection of craft beers was good as was the choice of...More

Thank Sjoe
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Stumbled across this place for lunch. The nail the decor of a quaint little pub. It was pretty low key for the mile. The bartenders were really knowledgeable about all tge beers. The reasonably priced little meals were artfully done and delicious. We enjoyed just...More

Thank Levi N
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

The Jolly Judge is a hidden gem, a proper pub in a stunning location hidden behind the tartan tat shops and tourist traps of the Royal Mile. It’s well stocked and reasonably priced. The crowd are a mix of confused tourists who are wondering why...More

Thank Kevin E
Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

Of you are on the Royal Mile - do yourself a favor, and get a drink at this bar. The bar is cozy with a small comfortable space. If need be the courtyard provides more space. The place is just fun!

Thank Gary M
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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March 10, 2015|
Response from SveaLotta |
Unfortunately no, due to licencing laws no children are allowed inside the pub. They are welcome to join you in the outside seating area (above 5 years of age).