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Pivo Caffé, Edinburgh

2–6 Calton Road
Scotland EH8 8DP
Tel: 44 131 557 2925's insider take:

Old stone walls and the location (under Regent Bridge) gives this bohemian Czech watering hole an authentic feel, but don't mistake it for a traditional pub—it's a popular preclub bar, open until 3 a.m. Pilsner Urquell and Staropramen are standard orders at the copper bar, which could double as an art installation with its bizarre fittings and fixtures (including cats and pressure gauges). One room has red upholstered seats, leather sofas, chunky wooden stools, and a TV in the corner playing classic films such as Citizen Kane, but it's standing-room-only in the other, where DJs spin seven days a week.

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