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To find out where to get the best beer (Real Ale), look in The Good Beer Guide, available from all major bookshops. Published by CAMRA. ISBN 1852491868. Published in October each year. also lists the pubs with the best beer in Scotland.

Stagg's Bar in Musselburgh won CAMRA's "Pub of the Year" 1998.

Edinburgh: Bannerman's; Bert's bar; Bow bar; Canny Man's; Cumberland Bar; Clark's Bar; Drew Nicol's; Golden Rule; Greenmantle; Guildford Arms; Halfway House; Hampton Hotel; Holyrood Tavern; Kay's Bar; K. Jackson's Bar; Leslie's Bar; Malt and Hops; Oxford Bar (; Robbie's Bar; Royal Ettrick Hotel; Smithie's Ale House; Southsider; Stable Bar; Starbank Inn; Merman; Caledonian Sample Rooms; Homes Bar; The Cask and Barrel; Mather's; The Cafe Royal; Bennet's, Milne's; Old Chain Pier.

The Caledonian Brewery (Slateford Road; has a big beer festival in early June; The biggest beer festival in Scotland is held at Meadowbank Stadium in early October. See also

You should note that many recent Sunday paper reviews make the Basement the 'trendiest pub in Edinburgh'. It also does excellent Mexican food early evenings.

Glasgow: Athena Taverna; Babbity Bowser; Bon Accord; Boswell Hotel; Brewery Tap; The Horse shoe; Mitre; Cask & Still; Sloane's; Station Bar; Tennents; Three Judges; Ubiquitous Chip; Victoria Bar

There's also a brew pub called The Clockwork Beer Co. at 1153/55 Cathcart Road. Good selection of cask conditioned plus their own ales brewed on the premises.

For information on pubs with no-smoking areas, see Craig's list at: As of 26th March 2006 all indoor areas including pubs and restaurants in Scotland are smoke free by law.

If smoke free areas in pubs interests you, then the sites at and may also be of interest. There is a relevant report here

See also

There is also a lot of good pubs listed in the Scotland the Best guidebook, see [14.2].

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