Nicholson's Pubs

Last Drop, Edinburgh


Gallows in the Grassmarket

Our charming building sits in Edinburgh’s historic Grassmarket – once a space where farmers brought their hay and other produce to sell - and while you might not guess it from the warm atmosphere in the pub today, our history is somewhat macabre…

During the 18th century, the area around our building was also home to one of the city’s main gallows, with crowds regularly gathering to watch public executions. Rumour has it that our pub is where men who had been sentenced were taken for their last meal while the gallows across the road were prepared for them. As they left the pub, they were given one last whisky, referred to as ‘one for the road’.

Our name, The Last Drop, refers to the last hanging held in the Grassmarket in 1864. Today, though, the crowds only gather for our famous warm welcome and enticing food and drinks menu.

Find us


The Last Drop, 74-78 Grassmarket,
Edinburgh, , EH1 2JR

Tel: 0131 225 4851

Walk-ins are welcome

A unique city centre pub with a rich history


Find us

The Last Drop,74-78 Grassmarket,
,EH1 2JR

Tel: 0131 225 4851

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 01:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 01:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 00:00

Upcoming Holidays

  • Christmas Eve 12:00 - 01:00
  • Christmas Day 12:00 - 21:00
  • Boxing Day 12:00 - 00:00
  • New Years Eve 12:00 - 01:00
  • New Years Day 12:00 - 00:00



As a staple in the pub landscape for over 150+ years, we pride ourselves on our position as purveyors of perfect pints and unbeatable pies, with tempting dishes on our classic pub menus.

Imagine taking your seat for a starter we know you’ll like… Garlic Mushrooms on Sourdough, suited to every appetite.

And here’s something we can’t deny, we’re pretty famous for our hand-crafted specialty pies, including our Crofter’s Pie and British Steak & Nicholson's Pale Ale Pie. Come out of the cold and try one for yourself, won’t you?

Someone in your group got a sweet tooth? Here comes another sensational classic worth rushing to your nearest booth: our traditional new Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble. This is pub food, done right.



Here at Grassmarket Edinburgh, we pride ourselves on serving an exquisite selection of perfectly-poured, ever-changing Cask Ales – including our very own Nicholson's Pale Ale, brewed by St Austell Brewery in Cornwall. You’ll also discover the wonders of our Gin Palace, featuring glorious gins from juniper-heavy and robust to sweet and fruity and every flavour profile in-between – all waiting at your local Nicholson’s in Edinburgh.