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Joseph Pearce's, Edinburgh

23 Elm Row
Scotland EH7 4AA
Tel: 44 131 556 41 40's insider take:

This split-level bar at the top of Leith Walk retains the brass light fittings and tall gantry typical of a traditional public house, but the birdcage hanging from the ceiling, the pictures by local artists, and the daytime children's play area give it a more contemporary vibe. Popular with Edinburgh's artsy thirtysomethings, it has a Scandinavian feel (try the aquavit and crayfish parties) thanks to the Swedish owners, Anna and Mike Christopherson. The couple have breathed new life into this old pub (it's been serving up pints for well over 100 years), which also, believe it or not, has its own running club.—Jonathan Trew

Open Sundays through Fridays 11am to midnight; Saturdays 11 am to 1 am.

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