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Excellent traditional folk music

Went there on a bar hopping Saturday night. This was by far the best bar we found in Ediburgh... read more

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Pub Crawl continued

Visited this pub as part of a pub crawl in the afternoon. Small and cosy it has a great feel to it... read more

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Captain's Bar has Scottish Folk music nightly in this historic and traditional bar in the old town. Close to the Royal Mile but a genuine Scottish bar where people appreciate talented musicians. Some nights are traditional singing - old folk songs...more
4 South College Street | Midlothian, Edinburgh EH8 9AA, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Went there on a bar hopping Saturday night. This was by far the best bar we found in Ediburgh! Intimate atmosphere and great music. We LOVED the live folk by Ciaran McGhee. Would totally recommend!

Thank AleDeLaJara
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this pub as part of a pub crawl in the afternoon. Small and cosy it has a great feel to it. Acoustic folk music adding to the atmosphere and lots of tourists enjoying it. Bar staff incredibly friendly and chatty. Place has a plethora...More

Thank DavidM299
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had the best night of our stay in Edinburgh! This small venue certainly delivers talent in spades! It was open mic night when we visited. Lead by Kevin Gore, so many talented people got up to perform. What really knocked my socks off was when...More

Thank TizzyG
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Keep a close watch on the barman, giving you a pound less in your change, and then a few minutes going into the till and putting it into his little bag of coins on his pocket.

Thank Quest64609
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

You must visit the Captain's Bar if you love folk music some great musicians are there many afternoons and evenings. Eddie who works in this pub may come across a little quiet but when he goes to the end cupboard and gets his violin out...More

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

I look in on a Wednesday now and then. I enjoy the music and the beer; it's a small place and the people are friendly.

1  Thank Bella M
Reviewed 27 July 2018

We were there the night Neil Thompson was playing. Everything about the evening was great. There was some magical moments as well. The feeling in the room was of a community enjoying an evening of folk music and conversation together. Highly recommend to anyone looking...More

1  Thank MitchellSJ
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Great place to see Ciaran McGhee play some great classic Scottish and Irish music with covers. Highly recommend. Would love to go back and see him play at this bar.

1  Thank Shivam J
Reviewed 13 July 2018

We wanted a traditional folk music experience and that's what we got. Great combo of diverse folk lovers turning up to do their thing and wide selection of beers and ciders. Only visiting Edinburgh briefly so drifted over the Sandy's Bar where we found no...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

I was at your bar on friday night for a couple of beers. Really enjoyed talking to the swedish barkeeper. He was very nice and made me feel really welcome-although Sweden kicked Switzerland out in football😊. I most definetely be back!

Thank edithlee2018
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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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Geraldine W
25 June 2016|
Response from CaptainsBar | Property representative |
Hi. It's a 10 minute walk from the Royal Mile. Go along South Bridge and turn right into South College Street. There it is. Sorry I took so long to reply. I didn't know about this facility till now. Have you visited yet?