Edinburgh is a great place for a night out, however it can be expensive if you’re not careful! But where do you go for the cheapest drinks? We’ve listed below ten of the cheapest bars in Edinburgh, for a fun night out that doesn’t break the bank!

1. The Standing Order (+ any Wetherspoons!)

The Standing Order (+ any Wetherspoons!)
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A true British classic pub, there are several Wetherspoons dotted around Edinburgh’s city centre. The Standing Order is located right in the thick of New Town nightlife and offers a pint for around £3.00. It’s one of the more obvious choices of cheapest bars in Edinburgh, but it’s a great base to start the night!

Address: 62-66 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR

2. Shandwick’s

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Also in New Town is an Edinburgh favourite, Shandwick’s. With pints starting from just £1.80, you will be hard put to find a cheaper drink in Edinburgh! They do cheap pre-concert drinks too, so if you’re heading out to watch someone play it’s a great option too!

Address: 4 S Charlotte St, Edinburgh EH2 4AW

3. Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey
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Brass Monkey is an artist’s classic in the festival city of Edinburgh. With a cosy interior and cheap drinks to boot, you are guaranteed a good night there! However, Brass Monkey’s popularity precedes itself, so be sure to head there early for a good seat!

Address: 14 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH8 9TU

4. Bar Salsa

Bar Salsa
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Near Grassmarket on Cowgatehead you will find Bar Salsa, one of Edinburgh’s prime student bars! Open until 1am and serving £1.00 shots, Bar Salsa is a must for anyone wanting an affordable night out. It’s the perfect choice if you want a big night out but at cheap prices!

Address: 3 Cowgatehead, Edinburgh EH1 1JY

5. Ballie Ballerson

Ballie Ballerson
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A newbie on the Edinburgh nightlife scene, Ballie Ballerson has quickly become a fast favourite amongst students. With a ball pit, great tunes, and cocktails at only £5.00 each, it’s no wonder Ballie Ballerson is so popular! Additionally, students can get 20% on Ballie’s ‘Bargain Mondays’. If you love the idea of jumping around like a child in the ball pit, check out the best adult soft play in the UK.

Address: 14 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QN

6. Candy Bar

Candy Bar
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If you love a cocktail and a bargain, you should head to Candy Bar on George Street. For a mere £5.00 you can get yourself a refreshing long-island iced tea, the perfect beverage for the warming weather! Or the perfect start to a night you probably won’t remember…at least it was cheap!

Address: 113 – 115 George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JN

7. Revolution

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It’s not necessarily considered the cheapest of bars in Edinburgh in terms of price, but Revolution provides quality drinks for your money. In this way, it’s a good option if you’re looking to not spend too much but get a good return on flavour. So you won’t have to down everything quickly but you can sit back and sip. In the central locale of Chambers Street, Revolution offers uniquely flavoured shots at £2.25 each, and fancy cocktails from £8.75.

Address: 30a Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1HU

8. The Library Bar

The Library Bar
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A student union is the surest bet for cheap drinks and The University of Edinburgh is no exception. The Library Bar is definitely one of the cheapest bars in Edinburgh for students. It’s located within Edinburgh University’s student union Teviot, providing its guests with a charming atmosphere accompanied by delicious food and cheap drinks!

Address: 13 Bristo Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ

9. The Amber Rose Edinburgh

The Amber Rose Edinburgh
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Despite not technically being a bar, The Amber Rose Edinburgh will deliver on an amazing (and affordable) night out! Serving a wide range of cocktails, food and spirits, The Amber Rose can provide you with all wants and needs throughout your night. Make sure to check their deals beforehand, as they offer 50% certain cocktails and pitchers on selected days!

Source: 22-26 Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 4LS

10. Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas
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Alongside its flamboyant interior, Las Iguanas in New Town does not disappoint on the drinks front! A long island iced tea or strawberry caipirinha will only set you back by £4.50. If you are looking for a fun night out that doesn’t break the bank, Las Iguanas can provide!

Address: 141-143 George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JY

For more advice on Edinburgh night-outs, check out our other articles on what do to in this capital city when the sun goes down! Why not also check out the student bars in Edinburgh too, where most places usually have great cheap drink deals?

Last Updated on June 18, 2024