Built in 1806 on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, our historic pub has plenty of tales to tell!
The pub is named after one of the city’s most famous sons, Deacon William Brodie – one of the inspirations behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde.
Born in 1741, Brodie was a deacon of a group of skilled carpenters known as the Guild of Wrights. By day, he was a respectable citizen and a member of the town council but, by night, he became involved in gambling and drinking. To pay off his debts, he had to resort to burglary and a life of crime and, by 1786, he had a small gang of criminals working in the city.
Throughout the pub, you’ll see references to Brodie and his double life, as well as our fascinating, decorative wooden ceiling.