Edinburgh Pubs

Please scroll down this page, or click on one of the links below:


Margaret Williamson
Moline, Illinois, USA

Jug Bars




Margaret Williamson (née Hay)

Moline, Illinois, USA

Thank you to Margaret Williamson who remembers:

Jug Bars

"I wonder if anyone remembers the phrase 'Jug Bar'*

Most pubs had one entrance for the men and another one (to a much smaller bar) for the women.  The bar for the women in  the Old Toll held about 6 people,

The Jug Bar was handy for someone to nip into and get a carry out or to take back their empty bottles and get tuppence for each one.

Sometimes, there would be a couple of women there, sitting with a 'wee shandy' (1/2 beer and 1/2 lemonade) just waiting for their husbands to finish a 'wee heavy' (whisky and a beer)

Today, the Old Toll at Leven Street, Tollcross, has a beautiful lounge  -  gone is the old one.  It's still a great pub, though!

Margaret Williamson (née Hay), Moline, Illinois, USA:  February 11, 2013

*  A 'jug bar' was the traditional name for a counter in a public house where ale used to be sold to be taken home to be drunk.  It was presumably originally sold by the 'jug full' then later sold in bottles.

I believe that Margaret may be suggesting that there was often a small area where the women drank, beside the 'Jug Bar'.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  February 16, 2012




Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Allan Dodds wrote:


On the Boundary of Edinburgh & Leith

"In Leith Walk there used to be a pub that straddled the Edinburgh/Leith boundary.

As the two districts had different closing times, when they called time drinkers simply moved along the bar where they could drink for another half hour."

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  February 16, 2013.


Hello again Allan:  I remember reading about the bar that you mention.  It was called Boundary Bar, and was at 379 Leith Walk, Pilrig.

The bar is still there.  It has now become The City Limits.

The different licensing hours for the two halves of the bar would have been brought into line with each other when Edinburgh and Leith amalgamated in 1920.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  February 16, 2013



Recollections  -  More Pages

Recollections  -   Contributors