If you’re looking for a pub with exceptional real ales and a great atmosphere, then you really can’t go wrong with The Blue Blazer.
Set in West Port, right between the bustling Grassmarket and Lothian Road, it’s a good place to start a night out, or just have a quiet drink. I like to grab a table with a few friends at the back, have a few drinks and a good chat. The bar is more aimed at beer enthusiasts than a lot of bars in the area. It usually has between 6 and 8 real ales on tap, with more bottles. The beers often change, so there is a chance to try something new with each visit. There is also a very extensive selection of whiskies and other spirits. The staff are obviously very enthusiastic about the drinks and are happy to make recommendations.
The building has been a pub since at least 1893, and it does have a very traditional Edinburgh pub feel to it. There is literature available in the bar detailing its history. The decor is very traditional, and there are several terrifying toby jugs above the bar, which I try not to look at. The bar is small, and due to its location and popularity, it is usually quite busy, it is always best to arrive early at weekends as it is quite difficult to get a seat later in the evening, particularly in the booths at the back.