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Oxford Bar

Located on Young Street in Edinburgh's New Town, the Oxford Bar is, in many ways, more like a home than a public house, with an unassuming facade and domestic-scale interior comprising a few small rooms, the first of which also contains the bar. Indeed it was built in 1779 as a house by John Young (the builder after whom the street was named) but is thought to have first operated as a bar in 1811. It is known to have been a confectioner's shop in 1843 but has served continuously as a bar since 1893. Now B-listed, the establishment has several literary connections, being frequented by poet Sydney Goodsir Smith (1915-75) and crime-writer Ian Rankin (b.1960), becoming the favourite watering hole of his most famous character Inspector Rebus.


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