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Greyfriars Bobby's Bar lies at the south end of Candlemaker Row, where it joins George IV Bridge and opposite the National Museum of Scotland. To one side is the entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is the starting point for the name of the pub.
As it's migrated as far as Hollywood, it's fair to say that most visitors have some idea of the story of Greyfriars Bobby. But just in case, here's the two minute version. John Gray was an Edinburgh policeman who died of tuberculosis on 15 February 1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. He had a dog, a Skye Terrier called Bobby, and for the following 14 years, until the dog's own death in 1872, Bobby kept watch over John Gray's grave.
The true story of Greyfrairs Bobby may be more complicated than that. It now seems most likely that he was a stray who made a home for himself in the kirkyard, and had applied to him the (at the time surprisingly common) myth that he was there out of loyalty to a dead owner. Whatever the truth, Greyfriars Bobby has gone down in history as an emblem of devotion and faithfulness. Today his memory is marked by a life size statue on a plinth in the street outside, and in the name of the pub.
Inside Greyfriars Bobby's Bar, or "Bobby's" as it is known to regulars, you find a series of sections stepping down the hill formed by Candlemaker Row. At the upper end is the bar, and as you move down the pub you pass through a number of comfortable seating areas to the dining area at its north end.
A range of real ales and whiskies are available, and food is served from an extensive menu including breakfast, main meals and snacks. Greyfriars Bobby's Bar attracts locals, tourists and students, and at weekends can be popular with stag and hen parties.