Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar: Craft Beer Heaven in the Old Town

The Scottish craft beer scene is on fire right now, with new breweries opening up and local pubs incorporating the works of local breweries both big and small. Edinburgh has a lot of specialised beer shops on offer, as well as some amazing tap rooms run by local breweries. When it comes to beer shops, Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar stands out from its competitors.

Before I first came to Salt Horse, I had already heard a lot about it. A favourite among local hipsters, this place occasionally pops up on my Instagram. I was a bit surprised when I entered the place as it is much smaller than I anticipated, with seats for only around 20 people.

The beer selection is vast and changes frequently

The fellowship of the beer consisted of 12 draughts, which can be purchased only in 2/3 of a pint., hence the wifi password “sorrynopints”. The range of beer is fantastic. Fr0m the classic Lager, to “milkshake” Stouts and fruity takes on the IPA, the carefully curated selection of beers satisfy even the most hardened beer snob.

Situated on Cowgate, Edinburgh’s very own party mile right in the middle of the tourist quarter, you’d expect a hectic atmosphere. Instead, Salt Horse offers a retreat from the city noises and the hordes of tourists that are roaming just a block away. The windows at the back of the shop offer a view of a small courtyard that makes you forget where you are.

It seems that hipsters from all over the city congregate here to celebrate the local beer culture. The shop right next to the bar is handy as you can choose from one of the largest selections of canned and bottled beers in all of Edinburgh. All at a fair price.

They also have food.

Salt Horse also offers something for the hungry. Their burgers are definitely among the better I have tasted in Edinburgh and you can get fries and buffalo wings along with them and pay just 12£. This is definitely a place to keep in mind if you are looking for a great burger, as there are so many mediocre burger joints in Edinburgh.

The beers are all priced fairly,  2/3 usually sets you back somewhere between 2,5 and 3,5 pounds. If you are in the area, make sure not to miss this craft beer gem!


57-61 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh EH1 1NB
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Phone number
0131 558 8304

Opening Times
Mon – Thu 4 PM-midnight
Fr 4 PM – 1 AM
Sat 12 PM – 1 AM
Sun 12:30 PM – 12 AM

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