4 South College Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH8 9AA
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Captains bar has live acoustic folk music most evenings and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This is an organised music session and you may walk in to folk singing or traditional Scottish music. Traditonal old pub with historic connections.

A small pub in the historic old city of Edinburgh. In a cobbled lane beside the original university quad. Captains was built 250 years ago and was orginally a Captains outfitters. Since 1850 it has been the Captains bar and now is at the centre of Edinburgh's folk music scene. A wide range of musicians frequent Captains often joining in after their gigs or concerts locally. Very few seats in the bar but a warm welcome and great music. Many Local literary connections to Captains bar as poet William McGonagall lived upstairs for 20 years and Robert Burns's love Nancy Michelhose lived around the corner in Potter Row.

There are cask ale and a fine selection of Scottish Whiskys. There is also wifi and coffee/ tea. Wines and spirits.
Well behaved dogs are welcome. There is a book exchange and reference books.

Longer opening hours during August and December

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World Cup 2018

Happening from 14/06/2018 to 15/07/2018 [Expired]

The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday 14th June, and we're all set to welcome you and your friends to enjoy the action. We've got ice cold pitchers of Foster's and Amstel at the ready, so less trips to the bar means more time to watch the match. There really is no better place to…

England v Croatia

Happening on 11/07/2018 [Expired]

It's been a long 28 years in the making, but finally, England have reached the semi-final stages of the World Cup! The Lions will take on Croatia at 7pm on Wednesday, so that's plenty time to get home from work and down the pub for kick-off.

Sweden v England

Happening on 07/07/2018 [Expired]

With barely a moment to recover from Tuesday’s historic (not to mention tense) penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia, it’s time to do it all over again. Saturday’s quarter-final against Sweden kicks-off at 3pm, and unless you have a plane ticket to Russia, the pub is simply the only place…