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The Last Drop, Edinburgh

Updated on October 16, 2014
Entrance to The Last Drop Tavern
Entrance to The Last Drop Tavern

The Last Drop is a Traditional Pub in the Historical Heartland of Edinburgh

The Last Drop is a traditional Scottish pub in the very heart of Edinburgh's famous and historical Old Town, located at 74/78, The Grassmarket, which runs adjacent and parallel to The Royal Mile. It is a place of old and traditional wooden ceiling beams, a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, fine ales and quality, homemade food to suit almost every taste and requirement.

The Last Drop is a pub I have enjoyed visiting for more than twenty years and - as a consequence of which - you may be assured that what follows comes very much both from personal experience and from the heart. This is by no means a bland, standard recommendation from someone writing ten pub guides a day via the dubious benefits of Internet research and vague word of mouth - this is the real deal. Why not try it out for yourself? Visit The Last Drop if you are in Edinburgh and meet real Scots, in a real Scottish pub - I honestly don't believe you will find yourself disappointed!

Where is The Last Drop? - How do I get there?

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The Good Pub Guide 2015

If you're visiting the UK from the USA, you may very well be on the lookout for some good pubs at which you can eat, drink and soak up a great atmosphere. The number one way to find this information is from The Good Pub Guide, the 2015 edition of which is now available on Amazon.com. The guide is also of course available from Amazon UK.

Are You Feeling Thirsty?

Come in, sit down and enjoy a relaxing drink

From the very first moment that you set foot in The Last Drop, you cannot help but get a feel for its historical significance and associations. Whether that be due to the "Old Worldly" wooden beams aplenty, the deliberately and carefully subdued lighting, the memorial sites in the street you have just left or a complex blend of all three and more, you will have to judge for yourself. This sense of tradition and heritage is very important to the proprietors and something they are always looking to maintain.

So what is your favourite tipple? You certainly won't be short of choices from this well-stocked bar. Is a traditional pint the order of the day? Select an ale from a choice of Belhaven Best, Caledonian 80 shilling or perhaps that favourite of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, Deuchars IPA. Lager drinkers also have the option of partaking of Scotland's favourite and best selling lager, Tennent's.

Wines and spirits drinkers, too, have a great selection to choose from but being in Scotland, surely you have to try a "wee dram" of the world's finest malt whisky? The owners of The Last Drop have actually supplied a tasting guide to help you make an informed choice from thirteen of the very best. Browse the guide, or ask for advice - there will almost certainly be at least one there to suit your taste!

Soft drinks, tea and coffee are of course available for any drivers or teetotallers. I can also strongly recommend a Gaelic style coffee, laced with fine whisky and topped with cream. This is particularly enjoyable after a fine meal, which we shall look at in more detail a little later on...

Are You Feeling Hungry?

Grab a menu and prepare yourself for a culinary treat

I vividly recall the occasion of my very first visit to The Last Drop. I did not live in Edinburgh at that time and was visiting the city with an uncle to attend an International Rugby Union match and we went there on his personal recommendation.

I was immediately impressed.

I liked the layout of the pub, the beer was great, and as it was around lunchtime, we decided to order some food. Being the carnivore that I am, I went for the Steak and Guinness Pie and I was not disappointed. It was absolutely delicious and I am delighted to say that it is still made in The Last Drop, by the same, secret recipe, and served up right to this very day. I have since partaken of it on a great many more occasions.

The food in The Last Drop is served from noon until nine pm, seven days a week, and is prepared fresh on the premises wherever possible and practical. This is something which very much comes across in the eating experience. It is also cooked in a healthy fashion, with not a deep fat fryer to be found in this kitchen. The other big seller on the menu (apart from the Steak and Guinness Pie) is the haggis, turnip and potato - or haggis, neeps and tatties as you are perhaps more likely to hear it referred by aficionados of traditional Scottish food. The haggis is bought in fresh from a trusted local butcher and is not of the "chemically enhanced," tinned variety!

There are of course many more items on The Last Drop's menu at extremely reasonable prices, including everything from snacks and wraps to salads and baked potatoes. Perhaps you may fancy something with an international flavour, such as pasta, curry or enchiladas? Whatever your choice, I very much hope you have the chance to experience it soon and know that regardless of what it may be, you are in for a treat.

Are You An Exorcist?

Do you perhaps know someone for whom this t-shirt would be perfect?

There are of course a great many of us who love our whisky and other spirits - but equally, it can be possible to take this passion a little too far! Are you one of those people whose friends lock their drinks' cabinets when you pay them a visit? Do you perhaps have to lock your own drinks' cabinet when particular friends pay you a visit?

The t-shirt pictured is but one example of dozens of products available to buy online at fantastic prices, summing up just such people. Click here to visit the store and snap up a hilarious bargain today.

How Did The Last Drop Get Its Name?

This requires a brief look in to the history of Edinburgh's Grassmarket

The Grassmarket is situated in the shadow of the city's most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle, and is currently in the process of receiving a multi-million pound redevelopment. It first appeared in the 15th century as a marketplace but has a rich, often dark, cultural history far beyond the boundaries of the purpose for which it was created. Historical figures such as Rabbie Burns, Sir Walter Scott and the infamous Burke and Hare have all graced this place at one time or another and many of the properties on the Grassmarket were at one time in fact owned by the Knight's Templar, the secret society so recently brought back to prominence by Dan Brown's book, "The Da Vinci Code."

It is, however, the Grassmarket's function as the place of public hangings which leads to the name, "The Last Drop." Many a wicked criminal, innocent soul and religious martyr alike met their end at this location. The exact spot where the gallows once stood is marked by a St Andrew's cross in the cobblestones bearing the inscription, "For the Protestant faith, on this spot many martyrs and covenanters died." The Last Drop offers t-shirts for sale to those seeking a souvenir of their visit with the solemn monogram of a public gallows emblazoned prominently on the front.

Maybe You Can Get to Meet Maria, The Last Drop's Very Own Ghost!

A spooky tale of times long gone and a mischievous spirit not yet at rest

Many a visitor to The Last Drop over the years has felt a gentle tug to their shirt or jacket from a seemingly unknown source. Some have even caught ill-defined sight of a young girl standing forlornly in the corner. Have you had, or could you yet have, such an experience?

Legend has it that Maria was a young Irish girl, murdered by a Scotsman and that she still frequents The Last Drop with mischief on her mind. Do you believe in such tales...?

The Journal of the Traveling Squid - A Round the World Charity Trip

The Journal of the Traveling Squid - A Round the World Charity Trip
The Journal of the Traveling Squid - A Round the World Charity Trip

It was in mid-March 2009 that I was asked by Squidoo's Lensmaster of the Year 2008, Jaguar Julie, from Florida, USA, to be the first participant in a worldwide charity project she was in the process of organising. She planned on sending a t-shirt and journal on a worldwide trip via Squidoo contributors. Each person is required to sign the t-shirt, make an entry in the journal, take a relevant photo, make a donation to their favourite charity and subsequently post the items on to the next person.

I felt of course extremely honoured and was delighted to be a part of this very worthwhile project. I decided that, as the very first Squidoo site I created about a place was this one on The Last Drop, what better place to send The Journal of the Travelling Squid on its way than the place where essentially I started my own Squidoo journey.

The t-shirt and the journal can be seen in the photograph above along with Last Drop barman Alex Mill and I. This image was taken on 31st March 2009 and the items packaged up and sent on their onward journey the following day to Squidoo contributor aj2008.

This is the place where you can give your own feedback, either upon this work or the pub itself. If you liked the site, why not e-mail a link to it to your friends? Perhaps they would enjoy it, too!

Thank you for reading, and hopefully, your visit to The Last Drop.

What did you think of The Last Drop and this Site? - Have your say here...

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      photogold 9 years ago

      this is a great lens, very informative. And yes, I am feeling thirsty ...

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      Rusty Quill 9 years ago

      Thanks for swinging by the Review Central headquarters, great lens and a welcome addition. Now I know where I'll have to stop if I get a chance to visit Edinburgh!

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      flowski lm 9 years ago

      If I ever make it to Scotland I'll make it a point to stop in Edinburgh for a pub tour to soak up some suds and enjoy the local flavor.

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      EshanMonteath 9 years ago

      Hello, great lens! I'll definitely have notes from this when I make my trip to Scotland in summer 09, see the land of my ancestors. I'll be making a lens soon on the best watering holes in Fairbanks, Alaska--my last home that I miss! Great job, 5 *s!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining my world travel group! World Travel Group

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      BMontez 9 years ago

      Great Pub, very nice food.

      I stayed in edinburgh for 3 years in one of Alba's Executive Apartments near the city centre. It was definitely luxury accommodation.. perhaps even the most luxurious Edinburgh Accommodation.

      I give this Lens.. 5 Stars!

      Thanks.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Sounds like a fun place to visit

      Great lens

      5*

      Lizzy

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      simplyjan 8 years ago

      Instead of staying in a standard hotel Edinburgh is full of great apartments to let. Self catering accommodation is a very popular alternative for families visiting Edinburgh - great for budget and for feeling more at home Edinburgh Self catering

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Delightful lens... Congratulations on LOTD. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      ltraider 8 years ago

      I would love to have a pint at the last drop. Very interesting lens! 10 years ago I was in Edinburgh at it is a fantastic city.

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      AlarmSystemSpecialist 8 years ago

      Very entertaining lens. Five star material. I enjoyed reading and being here. thanks

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD :)

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      Paul 8 years ago from Montreal

      I visited Edinburgh a few years ago, great city, ended up staying longer then I planned :)

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Well done on LOTD. I was staying up on The Royal Mile a week or so ago and walked past this place - next time I will call in :-)

      Take care

      Paul

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      ChristopherScot1 8 years ago

      Great lens and congratulations on lens of the day.

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      billnihill 8 years ago

      Nice work, I'd love to visit here someday. Congratulations on your LOTD pick!

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      AdriennePetersen 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      faye durham 8 years ago

      Great information. Five star material. I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      NAIZA LM 8 years ago

      Congratulations for LOTD! Well deserve! Edinburgh is a beautiful place!

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      Vitelli 8 years ago

      Very Interesting page. I really enjoyed reading it. Visit me at Florida reverse mortgages or my lens Reverse Mortgages. Let me know what you think!

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      looks like a fun place in a beautiful area

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      Hillandglen 8 years ago

      Oh yes... I've had many a good night in the Grassmarket over the years... ; )

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Great lens Gordon and a well deserved Lens Of The Day!! 5*

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      Nishith 8 years ago

      Hi congrats on LOTD..!!!!

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      My dear Grandmother and her family came here from Scotland when she was 12, so love finding anything related to Scotland. Congrats on LOTD, a while back I did a lens on Scotch Shortbread, a holiday tradition in our family. Simple and yummy!

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      Fox Music 8 years ago

      Congrats on lens of the day!!

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      pinkberry 8 years ago

      Love Your Lense, makes me want to visit the pub and city just for the grandeur -- and I don't even drink! Visit my squid page at www.squidoo.com/cashonline77

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      sarahjjac 8 years ago

      Love the lens! Edinburgh looks like a beautiful place! Hope to visit sometime in my life. 5*'s

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      My parents visited Edinburgh a few years ago and loved it. One of my dreams is to visit Scotland. Great lens. Congrats on LOTD.

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      ShortSaleRealtor 8 years ago

      great lens 5 stars 4 u congrats on lot d

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! My husband and son are serious golfers and will return to play in Scotland next year. My husband is already counting down the days! Beautiful lens and the Pub sounds like great fun! Enjoyed the Maria story, too!

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      ezynewsfriends 8 years ago

      Super Lens and Congratulation.

      Your lens is powerful with the tools and a lot of thing that I don't know on how to use it. If have time please teach me.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congrats on LOTD! Great job on the lens!

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      ltraider 8 years ago

      Very well done. I think I'm exorcist as well

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow...very impressive. Now I want to visit your side of the world!Sounds awesome.

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD! Great job - you captured visitor basics with the intrigue only known to an experienced guide.

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      redwhiteandgrew 8 years ago

      Congratulations! Never been to Scotland but would love to go!

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      Bill 8 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Great Lens! 5 Stars!!!

      I visited Edinburgh in 1998 and loved the city. It is spectacular, especially around the castle.

      Feel free to check out my travel lens https://hubpages.com/travel/travelandadventure

      for some more stuff on Edinburgh.

      Congrats on LOTD too by the way :-)

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Congratulations on LOTD! This is a great lens. The Last Drop is a beautiful pub - would love to visit it sometime.

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      nebby 8 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LOTD - it's well deserving. Edinburgh looks like my kind of a town.

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      Lizblueberry 8 years ago

      I had friends from Edinburg and my aunt is begging me to take a trip there! Wonderful info and super lens!

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      GreenRevolution 8 years ago

      Cool lens! Edinburgh sounds like a great place to visit. I would love to see the castle and then have a pint at "The Last Drop". Congrats on LOTD! Very well done!!

      Cheers,

      ~Bruce~

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      Rob Hemphill 8 years ago from Ireland

      Congrats on LOTD! I must visit Edinburgh one day especially The Last Drop. 5*

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      Jacqueline Marshall 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Enjoyed this lens very much. Edinburgh is beautiful!

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens, well worth waiting to see. You did a great job, 5***** well deserved.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I loved Edinburgh! A dreamy place. Like your picture of the castle. Beautiful pictures. I certainly want to go back.

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      ubon2006 8 years ago

      Great Lens No.1

      Edinburg so beautiful...

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      DarleneOuimet 8 years ago

      What a lovely lens. Thanks. 5**

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      ushakiran 8 years ago

      Hi, i am just about getting my bearings here on this site....thoroughly enjoyed going through this lens...

      A well desrved 5*****

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      Congratulations !!

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      Please read my critically important lens:

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      patmorgan34 8 years ago

      What a great page! I'm so glad I found it - was just wandering Squidoo! I've been in Glasgow but not Edinburg..yet. Will definitely be back to visit.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! You've done a remarkable job building this lens, definitely worth the honor bestowed upon it. Well done!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi,

      The last drop is a great pub with a brilliant atmosphere. I used to drink there in the early nineties when my wife (then girlfriend) was at uni. It holds a lot of special memories for me. Not been back in a while, but getting nostalgic now. I love the grassmarket. Living in the west of Scotland now, but my herat's still in Edinburgh.

      Great lens, keep up the great work

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      lithops 8 years ago

      What a lovely lens. Thanks.

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      TLC33 8 years ago

      This is a great lens! Congratulations on LOTD. I would love to visit Edinburgh one day and experience this great pub.

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      mopsky31 8 years ago

      This is a great lens. You deserve to be number one. Great job.

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      Amazing historical place, worth visited for. Thanks for the trip!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A most interesting read indeed! I look forward to checking out this pub if/when I am in Edinburgh.

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      VBright 8 years ago

      Wonderful work! No wonder it made lotD!

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      surfchicky23 8 years ago

      All we did in Edinburgh was drink and visiting this place was no exception.

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      bigqin 8 years ago

      The Last Drop is great! I also enjoy Finnegan's Wake, they have live music most nights and good craic always ;-)

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      Tammy Winand 8 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      Hiya, I love Edinburgh although my stay wasn't nearly long enough. We went to a great pub in The Grassmarket that had an interesting history/haunted theme...don't thik it was the one you mention but not sure anymore...

      thanks for sharing about this fabulous city!

      5* and lensrolled to my Leicestershire lens!

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      Gail47 8 years ago

      I love this lens. Always wanted to visit Edinburgh and the Last Drop sounds like a perfect pub hangout.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Even though I don't drink,I enjoyed your lens in which you virtually brought this pub to life. I have always wanted to visit Edinburgh Castle, or Scotland for that matter. Vivid nice work.

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      Very impressive site, Gordon. So varied and well constructed! You've set the standard to which I aspire. Many thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looks like a great place. I like the Exorcist by the way. :)

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      Dr-Cornelius 8 years ago

      Wow - great page. I've actually had a pint in here. Lived in Edinburgh for 3 years but left Scotland a year ago. Just started on Squidoo a week ago and I have so much to learn, judging by your sites. Excellent.

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      Valery504 LM 8 years ago

      Wow! I must visit Last Drop! Cool lens! Cool pub!:)

      Very well written lens!

      Thank you!

      I've lensrolled you to my Interesting Places to Visit. Last Drop is really worthy place to visit;)

      Cheers!

      Valery

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      EuroSquid LM 8 years ago

      Gordon: What a great lens. I love Edinburgh, a beautiful city. This pub sounds magical. Tell me, does The Last Drop offer Sticky Toffee Pudding? I fell in love with that stuff on a trip to Scottland a few years back. I ate it everyday I was there and have not found anywhere outside of Scottland. If you ever get stuck for a lens topic, May I suggest a lens on Sticky Toffee Pudding recipes?? I gave this lens 5 stars and I would give that one 5 stars too!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Thanks for adding this to All Things Travel. I've got you featured now, and be sure to check out the LOTD section!

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      GHouse 8 years ago

      Hi!! Just come to see your nice lens. I did my travel lens too. It's about my hotel in hua hin Thailand. Hua Hin is a charming town of clean white sandy beach. If you come to Thailand, please visit us.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm sad that I missed The Last Drop when we were in Edinburgh! Guess we'll just have to make another trip:)

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      LadyExpat 8 years ago

      Great lens. Traveled in Scotland many years ago. Would love to go back.

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      FitSteph 8 years ago

      Wow what a great blog! If anyone is looking for an easy online place to create a food journal This is one of my favorite health & fitness sites. It lets you track food, workouts, and calories!

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      Lizblueberry 8 years ago

      Your lens really makes me want to visit Scotland. You must be proud of Susan Boyle!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great lens. Lensrolling to my Stornoway Scotland lens. I really enjoyed this read and would love to return to visit this pub.

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      travelcast 8 years ago

      Brilliant lens. I'll definitely visit next time I come up to Edinburgh. Maybe I should make a lens about one of the pubs in Wales :)

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      Eklectik1 7 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens...We hope to visit Scotland someday.

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      PsyQuin 7 years ago

      This is brilliant.

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      Squid Angel Blessings for an excellent lens.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice work! I've always wanted to visit Scotland. Squid Angel blessed.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Nice purple star... Re-Blessing!

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      InsideGuideToLondon 7 years ago

      Came here via the Cities on Squidoo group - especially enjoyed the background info on the pub - great lens - 5* and faved.

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      ruilevi 7 years ago

      what an amazing city! Beautiful lens,5*!

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      EnglandRugbyShirts 7 years ago

      Wow very informative lens! Thanks for this :)

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      Pete Schultz 7 years ago

      very interesting, I love the exorcist tee shirt and the "Last Drop" history. If I'm ever in Scotland, I will try the food and drink...well the drink for sure.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I remember being in this pub about ten years or more ago. It was great and I'm pleased to see that it still looks the same. I had the steak and guinness pie! Great tribute to a great pub. Thanks for the memories.

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      WriterBuzz 6 years ago

      Very cool lens. Informative and fun. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up given.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well ... to use a pun ... this is GOOD to "the last drop!"

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      sandralynnsparks 6 years ago

      I love and miss this pub...thanks for reviving good memories!

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      nice lens, the next time am in england i will pass by

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      ezpostcard 6 years ago

      I'll drop at The Last Drop when I'm in England. :)

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      desilegend 6 years ago

      Congratulations and big thanks! You lens was featured on my Top 10 Travel Destinations lens. Please Squidlike it & Facebook Like it!

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      Well, if I ever get to Scotland, you'll have to take me here, it sounds really fun...

      and I'm crazy for "neeps" as you call them lol :)

      ~ Blessed >*

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      turner-bob 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      The Last Drop is a good place to drop by & visit when I go to England. Thanks for sharing.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've been there many times - I used to have a boyfriend who lived in Edinburgh, and would also go there for the Edinburgh Festival (that's how I first met him), so it brings back many happy memories, and I love the pun in the name. Blessed by an Angel.

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      mikerbowman 6 years ago

      What a great lens! I also really liked the picture of the Giant Squid shirt outside the Pub :) I'll have to check this place out the next time I visit Edinburgh... I've been meaning to go again, it's where I met my lovely girlfriend while we were both studying abroad!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Edinburgh Festival is one of the best culture and arts celebration I've been to, so awesome! Check out http://www.ivisitorinsurance.com/medical/ in your next trip. And I love your lens, nice work.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      Great lens. I've always loved the Grassmarket area and I think I may have had a drink in this pub. Blessed and added to The Best of the UK

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      Gordon N Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @makingamark: Thank you, making a mark. It is a great pub. Great food, good choice of drinks and friendly atmosphere.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @mikerbowman: Hope you make it there, Jack. I am sure you will see for yourself what a great place it is.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thanks, gloriousconfusion. The festival is of course great but sometimes the city can be too busy at that time for my liking.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific lens! Enjoyed it. Wish I could go!

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      I'm a teetotaller but even I might visit the Last Drop for the food and the history

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      Just noticed that you've not got this categorised for the UK sub-sub category and if it was I think it would be top of that category!

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      Gordon N Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @makingamark: Thanks, makinga mark - done it now! :)

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this lens, love your style of writing and I found it engaging. I have always wanted to visit Edinburgh, so if I ever do get there, this will be one of my stops.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am glad to have found this lens. I had been to Edinburgh but only on day drives from Durham when we visit the kids. I can't remember where we ate but next time, will look for the Last Drop.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @aesta1: Hope you find it. Honestly don't believe you will be disappointed! :)

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      Gordon N Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @BestRatedStuff: Thank you! I hope you make it to Edinburgh. It is a truly wonderful city in so many ways and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      If and when we ever get as far north as Edinburgh, we will be sure to pay a visit and to look you up. Blessed by an angel.

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      eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Well I don't know how I missed this! Fantastic page, and LotD too! Blessed

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great job on your lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I worked at The Last Drop back in 1991/92 as a traveling student from the US, so it has a special place in my heart. When I went back in 1997 to get married in St. Andrews, James and Ruth (the manager and his wife) attended the ceremony and my maid of honor was a wonderful Scottish friend who worked alongside me. Anytime I hear of someone going to Edinburgh, I tell them to stop in at the Last Drop. Not sure if James and Ruth are still there, though.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi, Susan. I must have seen you in The Last Drop during your time there! I am not in Edinburgh as much these days as I was for so many years but to the best of my knowledge, James and Ruth are still there. Thanks for your comment and visit to this page.

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      MacPharlain 5 years ago

      I'll be sure to include a stop at The Last Drop on my next road trip of Scotland! Looks like my kind of place.

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      Oh, the Last Drop. I think I drank every lost drop of Guinness they had the night I was there back in '98. It's a good thing I kept detailed travel journals even back then! I'm blessing this great lens about a great pub.

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Greetings from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I've been in the Last Drop! I was visiting in 2005 the week after my sister married her Socttish husband at Crieff Hydro. I was staying at their flat in Edinburgh and stumbled into the Grass Market one morning and had breakfast there. YES, breakfast! Loved the vibe. Thanks for the pleasant reminder. :)

      Squid Angel blessings!

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      Gordon N Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @MyCrazyAdventures: Hi, SmartChica

      Thanks. Glad to bring back memories and hope you get the chance to visit The Last Drop again! :)

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      Gordon N Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @TravelingRae: Thanks, TravelingRae,

      Glad you had a good time when you visited!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow, cool lens, didn't know there was a traveling squidoo going around the world, 'thumbs up' from me to you on this lens!

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      funkodrunko 5 years ago

      Good read, I've been a few times and did not know much about the place to be honest. Thanks for the info

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I'd love to visit Edinburgh! If I ever get to go, I'll be sure to drop in at the The Last Drop. Cool lens.

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      OnlyInOurCity 5 years ago

      Love your pub. Been a few times during the festival. Great lens too The Last Drop. Gave us some great ideas for ours. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome! Super love it. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thourghly enjoyed your lens. I would love to visit Scotland and have a "wee dram" at The Last Drop.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Good stuff. Love the T-shirt. Thumbs up!

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I used to live near the Grassmarket, just at the eastern end, "where the murders were". It was in the 80's and was very rough then but full of character. Lots of great food shops. I went back and, sadly, it's all be gentrified. I wonder do they all fight outside the pubs at night still? Lovely lens, blessed.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! thumbs up

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Great lens! squidlikes!

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      Great photos above. Your lense is worth reading indeed.

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      Looks and sounds like a great pub. Nice lens

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      OUtstnaind lens. I feel like I've been to the Last Drop now! Squid Angel Blessings.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great lens! Would love to visit this place someday!

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      Loved it! Even though I don't consume alcohol I am of Scottish decent and I just can't get enough information about the place. I hope to go someday.

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      troybreimon lm 5 years ago

      Great Great lens Gordon. interested me a lot. great photos and writing. I produced something on edinburgh too so this is a treat to read.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      I think that Last Drop is great as all this lens :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Well, I made it to Edinburgh in 1990 but didn't go to the Last Drop. I was 12, and my American chaperones would never let me walk into a pub or tavern. I definitely want to come back and visit now that I'm an adult.

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Not been to The Last Drop but definitely will after that.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @JohnTannahill: Hi - I hope you make it, John. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's a great pub.

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      Gordon N Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @captainj88: I hope you get that chance, Leah. It's still a beautiful city, packed with heritage, culture and everything that most people could ever want - apart from, frequently, the weather... :)

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      Caromite 4 years ago

      I never visited Edinburgh, Scotland or even the United Kingdom at all - but I really want to change that! Your lens about the Pub is great, I would like to be there now :)

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      SpenceG 4 years ago

      I love the feel of an old town pub. They're always so cozy. The Last Drop seems to be a good one to visit.

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      PlatinumSecProd 4 years ago from Illinois

      I visited The Last Drop while in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. Had my first taste of haggis, tatties, & neeps-loved it. I would love to spend more time in Edinburgh in the future!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Both my Girlfriend and myself visited The Last Drop back in May and loved the place. The Owner, I think it was him...? When I went to purchase a Tshirt, gave me some cool trinkets..(flask..another shirt)..free. and I am not really a "ghost" believer..but I did feel a light scratching on my beard almost a playful type of thing..kind of weird...Does this place still sell the cool "Last Drop" shirts?....musicplayer1271@aol.com

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      Gordon N Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Hi, Lance. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Yes, to the best of my knowledge, the Last Drop t-shirts are still available. Glad you enjoyed your visiti and thanks for posting.

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      penmypage 4 years ago

      I'm not sure if I've been to the Last Drop at the Grassmarket. It sounds like a decent pub. Since they don't have a deep fat fryer, I guess they don't sell chips then? unless its oven chips? Lately, i am so into chips. Not sure why when I'm supposed to be eating healthily. I might have a drink there when I'm next back into Edinburgh...or perhaps the steak pie :)

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I went to The Last Drop several times when visiting Edinburgh, Full of atmosphere, a great pub. And I love the play on words.

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      RoomSolutionsStaging 3 years ago

      Edinburgh is such a great, medieval city with a fabulous castle overlooking the Firth of Forth. I can't wait to return!

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      IanTease 3 years ago

      The last drop is one of our absolute favourite boozers in Edinburgh as the Grassmarket makes such a good base when up for the rugby or visiting the Fringe. The Bow Bar round the corner is another wonderful spot.

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      Max Globe 3 years ago

      I love Edinburgh with its medieval buildings and cool old pubs! Amazing lens, I'll stop by The Last Drop next time I'll be in Scotland.

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      I would dearly love to go to Edinburgh and stop in at The Last Drop. I never would have assumed that the name came from its history as a gallows spot - my ancestors were covenanters!

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      Wedge Antilles 3 years ago from Mount Vernon, WA

      It has been a long while since I was last in Edinburgh and I can't wait to visit this wonderful old city again; when there next, I will definitely make it a visit to The Last Drop.

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      Dhookraj Singh 3 years ago

      I just can't wait to go back.

      An exciting place.

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