Milnes Bar

35 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PJ
Call: 0131 225 6738

Historic Bar in Edinburgh New Town

Milnes Bar is an iconic establishment in the centre of Edinburgh, ideally located close to the capital’s business districts, trendy shopping havens and heritage sights. It started life in 1910 as a spirit seller named Lomond and Milnes, before developing into the beloved public house it is today. In the 1950s it gained a reputation as a literary destination, as it was the regular of the writer Hugh MacDiarmid, who would debate poetry and politics with his friends in the Scottish Renaissance movement.

Today the bar is popular as a venue for sports fans, not least because it is an important stop on the walking route to Murrayfield Stadium. For those without tickets to local grounds, our vast selection of screens, showing Scottish and English football, Six Nations rugby and more, makes Milnes an ideal destination for those in the city centre looking to get swept up in the latest sporting drama.

Many visit Milnes Bar for its important literary heritage. Poets like Sorley MacLean, Norman MacCaig and the previously-mentioned Hugh MacDiarmid would occupy a corner of the pub to revolutionise the literature of the nation. Their left-leaning politics earned this section of Milnes Bar the nickname the ‘Wee Kremlin’. Such was the influence of the Scottish Renaissance writers and their affection for Milnes Bar that the Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour ends its award-winning exploration of the city in our famous basement bar. Book lovers also head to Milnes Bar during the annual Scottish Book Festival, which is hosted only a few minutes away in August.

If you are visiting after a hard day’s work in the nearby business districts of the West End or Leith Walk, or if you just want to relax with live music after a shopping spree, be sure to enjoy a taste of our varied Scottish cask ales. Maintaining the local flavour is our range of 37 Single Malt whiskies from distilleries across the country, accompanied by a menu of British pub staples. Book for a group Sunday roast dinner, or come in summer to drink and dine whatever event you are celebrating

Book Our Famous Function area

Once the refuge of MacDiarmid and his friends, today you can book the ‘Wee Kremlin’ for your own personal function, whether it’s a work party, birthday or an evening of private dining. This wooden-beamed section of the pub can seat up to 35 people for food and an evening soaking up the literary atmosphere. The bar is just a couple of paces away, but the walled off area is cosily private from the rest of the venue. Alternatively, you can book any of our tables to enjoy live sport and live music. Whatever, the occasion, we look forward to welcoming your function to Milnes Bar.

Revel in the Lively Ambience of a City Centre Pub

Visit Milnes Bar to relax away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Princes Street. or head here after work to unwind in a historic location. Whether you are here to cheer on a local sports team, trade ideas in our atmospheric function area or simply to taste one of our wide array of Scottish whiskies, you’ll discover Milnes Bar to be an essential part of Edinburgh life. Visitors can reach us after just a five-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station and St Andrews Bus station, and close to several city centre hotels, while locals can reach us on several bus routes or while walking through the heart of the city.

Function Room Information - The ‘Wee’ Kremlin
Capacity 50 Private Bar No
Hire Costs Available on request Area Type private
Facilities Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Private Bars, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Train Station to Milnes Bar is Edinburgh Waverley Train Station