Jolly Judge, Edinburgh
Just off the Royal Mile where tourists vie to be the keenest to buy shite the victim will neither want, need nor appreciate (just buy a decent bottle of malt from the nearest off-license and be done with it) the Jolly Judge offers respite and solace to those avoiding this madness. Just how much respite you get depends on your timing, as it can be pretty mental inside too, especially weekends and Festival time. Decent beer, friendly staff, traditional Scottish pub grub and a pleasant interior. It's been modernised, but it still feels like a pub (although they're calling it a lounge bar, now). Nice little spot to get away from the crowds on the main road. Cairngorm's Sheepshagger was on when we were in last and very nice it was, too. And if choosing a decent malt poses fresh problems, there are 20 or so to try.
7 James Court, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH1 2PB
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How to find the Jolly Judge pub
The pub is just off the Royal Mile, so head down the hill from the Ensign Ewart, and turn left into James Court and the pub is down the stairs on the left.