Kay’s Bar is a brilliant wee bar in the heart of the New Town, just off of India Street. It’s not cool or trendy but it is an atmospheric Victorian bar that even a lot of the locals haven’t spotted! It is pretty small so it gets really packed on a Friday night, but it’s a great place to go on a weekend afternoon, or in the dark nights of winter, when the woodfire might be on.
The neighbourhood is posh but Kay’s is not. You’re just as likely to be sitting next to a lord as a labourer – that is why it is one of my favourite people watching pubs in Edinburgh. It does a great range of beers, both the usual big brands as well as some great cask ales from all over the UK. They also have a traditional Scottish food menu.
I like to have haggis, neeps and tatties – probably Scotland’s national dish, with one of the many malts whiskies they offer. If you are new to whiskies, ask for one from Speyside, they are the smoothest.