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 Barony Bar, Broughton Street, Edinburgh


Barony Bar
81-85 Broughton St

Tel: 0131 557 0546
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About the Pub
  The perfect place to go for a pint and a chat with friends without the usual piped music. This pub is in the most bohemian and trendy street in Scotland. The Barony Bar is unpretentious but often packed at night. The dark wood panelled walls are warmed by the traditional open coal/wood fire which often blazes day and night.Historical:
The Barony stands on land which was once part of the ancient 'Barony of Broughton in the parish of St Cuthbert's in the Shire of Edinburgh', an area notorious in days gone by as a haunt for witches and followers of the 'Black Arts'. Indeed Broughton Street itself is built where formerly there once stood thatched cottages one reputedly to have been called the 'Witches Howf' and dungeons which at one time held worshippers of the 'Black Arts' while they awaited execution. The building which currently houses the Barony was part of a five storey corner basement built in 1830 by Walter Burns, an upholsterer and David Chalmers, a baker, who both traded from the premises. The building has seen many tradesmen including : J. Stewart, surgeon; John Murdock, grocer; James Walker, guilder; W and G Williams, marble cutters; John Moffat, stationer to name a few. In 1919, John McLauchlan, wine and spirit merchants bought the licensed house premises + cellars at 83-85 Broughton Street from George Sinclair for 1,100 having already acquired the other half in 1896. It was the purchased in 1944 by Thomas Urquart Forsyth who a year later purchased no.81 The combined properties were then sold to William Younger and Company in 1955 with title transferring to Scottish Brewers in 1959. In 1966 the Secretary of State for Scotland listed the property as a 'Building of Special Architectural and Historic Interest'.
Linda - Feb 2001

Whats on Guide
August 2022
Sunday 7th
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
Sunday 14th
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
Sunday 21st
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
Sunday 28th
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
September 2022
Sunday 4th
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
Sunday 11th
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
Sunday 18th
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
Sunday 25th
Live Music (7:30pm-10:00pm)
  From Cajun chicken wraps to all day breakfasts are on the menu. An extensive list of Whiskies are displayed on a blackboard behind the bar  
How to find us
    Situated near the bottom of Broughton St by the roundabout on London St  
Views around the bar
  There is a good selection of guest ales and a live band every Sunday night.  
See what our visitors say
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Still a great pub
The Barony is still one of Edinburgh's top class pubs
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Rating: rosettes

Awesome pub
This is one of my favourite pubs in Edinburgh.

The staff are very helpful and friendly.

Look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday
Monday, September 5, 2016
Rating: rosettes

Roger whetton
Great Music
Go on a Sunday evening especially when Bedford Falls are playing. We caught them on August 18th and they were nothing short of brilliant - age is obviously improving them! The Deuchars isn't bad either!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Rating: rosettes

Don't waste your money here.
Really had a bad time in this pub on several occassions. The service was terrible, food barely warm and unfriendly, unhelpful staff
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Rating: No rosettes

room for improvement
I have been going to the Barony Bar for over 20 years and have always been fond of it's relaxed atmosphere and excellent beers. Unfortunately on my last visit I encountered arguably the worst service I have ever experienced in a pub. The rude, unsmiling barmaid appeared to consider such basic activities as saying please and thank-you and clearing away glasses as beneath her station. Upon leaving my friend returned our glasses to the bar and said thank you only to be greeted with stony silence. A busy weekend you might think for the harassed barmaid. Not at all, a quiet monday evening with about half a dozen punters. It will be a long time before any of us are back.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Rating: rosettes

Best on Sunday
Still the best place to go in Edinburgh on a Sunday evening especially when Bedford Falls are on !!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Rating: rosettes

slow service
Although to be fair it is invariably Fri or Sat night when I am there so it is very busy. That said they do not seem able to adjust their staffing to cope, and the time taken to be served can sometimes be ridiculous. If live music is on then conversation is shouting only, in all areas of the bar, and coupled with the actually music the whole night can be a bit of an assault on the senses.
Good choice of ales if that is important to you. Some of the (female) bar staff need to remember what they are actually there to do and act like they are professionals. Too many times i have been made to feel that I should be lucky just to be getting sreved by them. No warmth, chat or smile. Maybe you have to be a regular local before you get that sort of treatment in this bar!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Grant Law
could be improved
This pub has a good range of beers and whiskies and has a pleasant environment. It has improved after the smoking ban but the toilets need to be refurbished. The food served and thus this whole kitchen area has to be improved.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Warm & Welcoming
As a visitor from the USA, I have to say this pub was lots of fun...live music and many new friends...went many times over my several visits to Edinburgh, will definately go back soon! Miss you guys!!
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Rating: rosettes

I use this pub with my friend and GOD knows how much i love it...it is too far from me otherwise they'll find me daily ther.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Rating: rosettes

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Barony Bar
81-85 Broughton St

Tel: 0131 557 0546
See Map


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