65 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH1 2DJ
Call: 0131 228 8400

One of Edinburgh’s Oldest and Most Artistic Pubs

If you are heading to the theatre or cinema in Edinburgh, stop by Shakespeares, a pub inextricably tied to the performing arts. The historic establishment emerged around the same time as the local theatres towards the end of the 19th century, making it a popular spot for performers, crew and audiences alike. This stretch of Lothian Road is still a buzzing theatre hub, and our pub remains an essential part of Edinburgh’s arts scene. It is an ideal destination for pre-theatre dining and post-performance drinks, where you can often catch sight of actors and musicians fresh from the stage.

Shakespeares is also a pub that promotes the unique theatre of the sporting world. Two gigantic projector screens, eight and ten feet in size, show year-round sport ranging from tennis to rugby to golf, as well as the regular fixtures of English and Scottish Premier League football. Several smaller television screens dotted around the venue ensure there is a constant variety of sports to watch.

When you enter Shakespeares, either from the busy Lothian Road or via the sloping plaza, look up to see our name elegantly emblazoned in gold. This is just one of the touches of glitz and glamour that hints at our theatrical heritage. You will find other nods to the theatre inside, such as our trendy deconstructed chandeliers reminiscent of old-fashioned stage lights. With the pub situated right by three of Edinburgh’s finest theatres – the Traverse, the Lyceum and Usher Hall, which are the heart and soul of August’s Edinburgh International Festival – we have strived to ensure we look the part.

Just a stone’s throw from the pub is the commercial hub of Edinburgh, the West End, several local workers join a diverse crowd of shoppers, festival-goers and art enthusiasts here. Patrons enjoy our range of local cask ales, a menu of classic pub food and a wide array of burgers. Our outdoor seating on the plaza, right beside Usher Hall, is the perfect place to soak up the unique atmosphere of the area.


We may not have a dedicated function room at Shakespeares, but we welcome private bookings for parties and meals. Our long tables and bench seating are ideal if you want to save yourself a spot to watch a crucial sports match, while corners of the pub can be booked for private events. The pub is split into two halves, with bars on each side and extensive seating options for dining. Join us for one of our regular live music nights, which bring Shakespeares to life every week or two.


Stop by after work, dissect the latest piece of world-class theatre or simply bring a large group for fun, food and sports in Shakespeares. We are well equipped to welcome families and our pre-theatre menus will fill you up before the doors open. Our close historical links to Edinburgh’s theatre scene brings arts lovers and touring performers flocking to the bar, but we also serve a wide array of friendly locals and visitors exploring nearby Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle.

Function Room Information - the back room
Capacity 30 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs available on request Area Type private
Facilities Fixed Screen, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Tour Groups,

The nearest Train Station to Shakespeares is Edinburgh Waverley