The Starbank (or the Starry as we all know it) is nestled on the shoreline in the North of the city, overlooking the Forth towards Fife in the quaint harbour area of Newhaven.
It’s an old house, having been constructed in 1810, but despite being an Inn no longer offers rooms.
It’s a cosy hostelry with a local clientele that won’t turn their heads and fall silent as you enter. It features a fine selection of ales and wines as well as a pretty decent pub grub menu with a lovely dining area in a conservatory through the back of the pub. Scots classics like Haggis neeps and tatties feature prominently.
There’s no loud background music but in one of the ‘wings’ you’ll be able to watch live sports on their large screen TV. But crucially, that doesn’t overwhelm proceedings.
It’s pretty active with occasional bands and live music plus a regular quiz night but for me it’s just a great place to hang out after a stroll from the City Centre or after a visit to Leith. Oh, and it’s dog-friendly, too.