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InformationVisitor Information:
1 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LT.
Tel: 0131 557 2976.
www.royal-oak-folk.com
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The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak lies on Infirmary Street, close to its junction with South Bridge. For those of a more literary inclination, it is almost opposite Blackwells Bookshop, which is on the corner of the two streets.

Looking Towards the Front Door
Looking Towards the Front Door
The Piano
The Piano

There are two bars, the lounge bar upstairs and the public bar at street level. Both are cosy. The lounge bar has seating for about 20 people plus some standing room, while the public bar has a similar amount of seating and rather more standing room. A choice of real ales is always available, and there is a range of malt whiskies on offer.

The Royal Oak is renowned for its music and especially for its folk music. Live performances take place every night of the week in the public bar, and five nights a week in the lounge bar. Folk music began in the Royal Oak in the 1960s and while it has died away in many pubs, the flame continues to burn strongly at the Royal Oak, four decades later.

Pub Sign
Pub Sign

The cellars (not open to the public) which extend for two storeys beneath the Royal Oak's public bar are relics of much older buildings that once stood on this site in Edinburgh's Old Town. They are, perhaps inevitably, reputed to be haunted. And with the city morgue just round the corner, they are also reputed to have been used by the infamous Edinburgh bodysnatchers and murderers Burke and Hare to move bodies across the city.

The Downstairs Bar
The Downstairs Bar
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