Oxford Bar

The favourite watering hole of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus

Oxford Bar

The Oxford Bar has long been popular with writers and artists – from Renaissance Poets to today’s Edinburgh International Book Festival speakers – but it is now most famous as a favoured drinking hole of Ian Rankin and his fictional detective, Rebus.

Though it is synonymous with Ian Rankin and Rebus, the Oxford is less a writers’ museum than a pub which happens to be popular with writers and has been a favoured watering hole ever since the days of the Scottish Renaissance poets. During the Edinburgh International Book Festival, you can’t swing a packet of crisps without bumping into a writer.

For other bookish boozers in Edinburgh see our 10 Edinburgh… Literary Pubs.