You can find Bannerman’s just off the Royal Mile, on the Cowgate at the bottom of Niddry Street. It is spread over what appears, at first glance, to be vaulted cellars, but which are actually part of the lower archways holding up South Bridge several stories above. These stone-lined ‘vaults’ lend a certain gothic ambience to the place, which is fitting as Bannerman’s is one of Edinburgh’s best rock bars!
It’s a laid-back place with a grungy, dive bar vibe, soundtracked by a thumping selection of classic tunes. On the walls, along with plenty of gig posters, there’s the odd guitar and a few neon beer signs. There’s plenty of cold beer and a few real ales on tap, usually from local brewers, along with an eclectic whisky and spirit selection. As befitting any good rock bar, there’s also plenty of Jack Daniels and Jägermeister.
In addition to being a bar, Bannerman’s is one of the busiest small venues in town, with live music of the rock, metal, goth and indie variety on pretty much every night. The legendary Rab Howat Band have a regular Saturday afternoon residence and attract a loyal crowd of fans from all over. They are a great bunch of musicians with an amazing range of songs in their repertoire from Cream to The Who, taking in Prince, David Bowie, T-Rex and many more on the way. If you get a chance to catch them, do it!
For gig listings at Bannerman’s check out our events calendar.
Address: 212 Cowgate, EH1 1NQ
Phone: +44 131 556 3254