An independent pub in the heart of Edinburgh

Come and experience the Jolly Judge

Welcome to the Jolly Judge

The Jolly Judge sits at the foot of an Edinburgh ‘close’, at the centre of one of the capital’s historic Old Town, a mere 2 minutes’ walk from the Castle.

An independently-owned bar with low beamed ceilings, log fire and a tranquil atmosphere – this is Scottish hospitality. Sample the wide range of malt whiskies, real ales and tempting bar lunches.

Come on in. You be the judge

Step into the bar

We’ve always tried to keep a wide variety of beers on tap, along with a fairly extensive list of single malt and blended whiskies, wines and spirits to choose from.

We rotate our craft beer and cider selection all the time so our menu shows just some of the range on offer.

Grab a corner seat

Ready for lunch?

Given the current situation, we’ve temporarily stopped preparing our tasty lunches.  As soon as we’re able to resume service, we’ll update the site and post updates on Facebook and Twitter.