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The name of the last drop is not a reference to part of a drink. Rather, as the pub sign makes clear, the name comes from the days, until as recently as the 1800s, when public hangings used to take place in the Grassmarket, opposite today's location of the pub.
In summer, many like to sit outside the Last Drop and enjoy the Grassmarket atmosphere and the Edinburgh sunshine, the entertainment once provided by the public hangings now replaced by the constant to-ing and fro-ing of passing visitors.
The interior of the Last Drop is full of cosy nooks and crannies. The pub attracts a large international following, including many young backpackers. One result is the large range of real and spoof banknotes adorning the walls, many donated and signed by visitors.
Amongst the Last Drop's residents are at least one ghost, in the cellars. Many new bar staff (often recruited from amongst the backpackers who flock here) have told of hearing their name softly called when they are alone in the bar...
A real ale is usually available, as is a selection of malt whiskies. Food is freshly prepared in-house and available throughout the day.