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Sandy Bells

25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
+44 131 225 2751
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Great music

Went by chance on a Friday night and was able to hear a relaxed folk music session. Lovely... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2017
Dundee, United Kingdom
via mobile
What a great wee find

As a group of itinerant travellers, two weegies and two borderers, we decided to visit the Sandy... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Eric Morrison
Glasgow, Scotland
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  • Average4%
  • Poor5%
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“folk music” (23 reviews)
“malt whiskies” (4 reviews)
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25 Forest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QH, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 225 2751
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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Went by chance on a Friday night and was able to hear a relaxed folk music session. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and good beer!

Thank familylovingholidays
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

As a group of itinerant travellers, two weegies and two borderers, we decided to visit the Sandy Bells for the first time to check if Embra had any real pubs! (Not the synthetic types seemingly favoured by most tourists) We were not disappointed! Dropping in...More

Thank Eric Morrison
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

I had read the many positive reviews about this charming venue, known by musicians and folk lovers from all over the world and being in Edinburgh, we didn’t wonna miss this... Sandy Bell’s is very much alive, even in the afternoon. One can enjoy the...More

Thank rudes
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

A local feel even though most of the patrons later in the evening were tourists. Real "local" folk music. A nice selection of hand-drawn and tap beers. More than 120 malt whiskies. Some times of the night a crowded bar area. The staff was very...More

Thank MusicMan3210
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Great spot for live music and wide selection of well-priced Scotch. Bartenders were friendly and were highly tolerant of our strong touristy vibes. A must-visit in Edinburgh!

1  Thank Teresa D
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Great vibes and Scottish music at this pub. I met some tourists and locals here! I will be back the next time I stay overnight there.

Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Wanted to grab a pint at a traditional pub. Chose this world renowned location. It had charm and we loved the dog that roamed the bar. My Guinness was not the proper temperature, which was a real letdown.

Thank MKKB217
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Great little bar where every customer is made to feel welcome by excellent bar staff and friendly locals. A good selection of beers and whiskies covers all aspects of tippling. Live, traditional music is on every night which adds to the overall ambience. A pub...More

Thank keith102015
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

After dinner in Edinburgh my Scottish friend took me to Sandy Bells for a drink & it was worth the visit! Great local beers & single malts & the staff New there Malts & Beets! There was folk music live & it was a great...More

Thank GaryNewcastleStaffs
Reviewed 18 July 2017

A must for all lovers of all types of Folk Music. This traditional street corner one roomed pub is often very busy with locals and visitors to Edinburgh. It serves local real ales which are well kept. Music is played in the evening Monday to...More

Thank Richard S
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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Rick N
6 September 2017|
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
No idea. I was there for the music. Great, spontaneous.