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InformationVisitor Information:
8 Young Street, EH2 4JB.
Tel: 0131 539 7119.
www.oxfordbar.co.uk
Awards: Scotland the Best: Listed
CAMRA Good Beer Guide
The Oxford Bar
The Oxford Bar

The Oxford Bar is an unassuming little place on Young Street, well away from the main centres of interest for visitors to Edinburgh's pubs. But for a number of reasons it has to be included on any list of the best handful of pubs in central Edinburgh.

Side Room, Looking Backwards
Side Room, Looking Backwards
Side Room, Looking Forwards
Side Room, Looking Forwards
The Bar
The Bar

The Oxford Bar, or "The Ox" is actually quite fascinating in itself: the door opens straight into the far from roomy bar. Off to one side a doorway leads through to a traditionally furnished side room wrapped around a fireplace and with a window in the front wall. This has front and rear areas, and it is easy to believe that the interior of the pub has changed little, if at all, in many decades.

Pub Sign
Pub Sign

The first thing that makes the Oxford Bar really special is the quality of its beer. It regularly features in the annual CAMRA Good Beer Guide, and is widely regarded as one of the very best pubs in central Edinburgh for beer. It also offers a good range of malt whiskies.

The second reason, and why a steady stream of folk make their way to the Oxford Bar, is that it is the favourite pub of Detective Inspector John Rebus, the fictional central character in the series of crime thrillers produced by bestselling author Ian Rankin. You can't expect to meet Rebus here, but you will probably meet others looking for him: and you might just bump into his creator, who shares Rebus's love of The Ox.

The Oxford has a strong following of regulars, but also welcomes the many visitors to the city who come to seek it out.

Inside the Oxford Bar
Inside the Oxford Bar
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