Edinburgh’s Best Bar: Help us find city’s top pub

The nominations are in and now the ­competition which is the talk of pubs across the city begins in earnest.
Now's the chance to vote for your favourite pubNow's the chance to vote for your favourite pub
Now's the chance to vote for your favourite pub

Today we can reveal the ­Edinburgh Evening News Top 40 Best Bar 2014 nominees – and we need you to help find the winner.

Whatever is important to you about your local – the atmosphere, the food, the ­selection of beers and wines, the quiz night, dart board or maybe just the friendly staff, we want you to shout about how great it is.


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Maybe it’s the best venue for watching sport, perhaps it’s the perfect venue for a chat and a bite to eat.

All the pubs and bars on the list have been nominated for different reasons with one common theme – their regulars think they are the best in the business.

So whether you submitted a nomination or not, it’s time to help get your favourite get through to the next round – The Top 20 – and one step closer to winning the title of the Edinburgh Evening News Best Bar 2014.

Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, has no doubt the pubs which have made the top 40 are vital not just to their regulars but the city as a whole.

“Pubs generally are all things to all men. They ­provide a whole range of entertainment, they provide good food and they also are very often the heart of the communities that they serve.

“Especially in Edinburgh, we know that pubs are very important to tourism with 71 per cent of all foreign tourists eating at a pub when they are here.

“They are right at the top of the list when it comes to visitor attractions. They are a great asset to the Scottish social scene and a real selling point for tourism as well as being forever popular with locals.”

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Voting for your top bar is easy, you can either send us a text or fill out the voting form on this page and post it to us by the closing date of December 1.

So get behind your favourite and make the votes count, before we call time!

Which bar gets your vote?

001. Mercat Bar, West Maitland Street

002. Port O’Leith, Constitution Street

003. Norhet Bar, Main St, Davidson’s Mains

004. Mash Tun, Easter Road

005. The Staggs, North High Street, Musselburgh

006. Smithies, Eyre Place

007. The Phoenix, Broughton Street

008. Café Habana, Greenside Lane

009. Tynecastle Arms, Gorgie Road

010. Athletic Arms, Angle Park Terrace

011. Bar Reverie, Newington Road

012. Mathers, Broughton Street

013. Oceana, Ferry Road

014. Bar G&V, George IV Bridge

015. Greenmantle, Nicolson Street

016. Harbour Inn, Fishmarket Square, Newhaven

017. Hectors, Deanhaugh Street

018. The Grey Horse Inn, Main Street, Balerno

019. The Links Bar, Alvaney Terrace

020. Ye Olde Inn, Main Street, Davidson’s Mains

021. Kilted Pig, Colinton Road

022. The Beaten Docket, Portobello High Street

023. Thomsons Bar, Morrison Street

024. Cloisters, Brougham Street

025. Le Di-Vin, Randolph Place

026. Prydes, Gorgie Road

027. Haymarket Bar, West Maitland Street

028. Scran & Scallie, Comely Bank Road

029. Roseburn Bar, Roseburn Terrace

030. Bramble, Queen Street

031. The Other Place, Broughton Road

032. The Old Bell Inn, Causewayside

033. Carriers Quarters, Bernard Street

034. Jolly Judge, Lawnmarket

035. Middletons, Easter Road

036. Barony Bar, Broughton Street

037. Canon’s Gait, Canongate

038. Dickens Bar, Dalry Road

039. Limelight, Jocks Lodge

040. The Paper Mill, West Mill Road

How to vote

BY POST: Fill in the coupon available in our print edition and post it to: Edinburgh Evening News, Best Bar of the Year 2014, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2HS. All postal entries must reach us by noon Monday, December 1. You can vote as many times as you like, but you must use the official coupon from the paper. Photocopied or defaced coupons will not be accepted. REMEMBER: A POSTAL FORM IS WORTH TWO VOTES

BY TEXT MESSAGE: Text your votes before 9am on Monday, December 1, to 65550. Simply start your text with the words EENBAR followed by the 3 digit code of the pub/ bar you wish to vote for. Follow this with a space and then your name, address and e-mail address. For example EENBAR007 Joe Bloggs 99 Nowhere St Edinburgh EH00 [email protected].

Text messages cost £1 in addition to your standard network charge and should contain no more than 160 characters