The 7 best Edinburgh pubs for Euro 2024 as Scotland fans urged to book their spot for group stage clashes

If there's anyone left in the country when Scotland kick-off their Euro 2024 campaign, then they'll need somewhere to watch the drama unfold.

Steve Clarke and the boys will take centre stage on June 14 as they open the show against hosts germany in Munich. Then it's on to Cologne for - hopefully - some Swiss bliss before Hungary in Stuttgart in what could be a chance to make history and reach the kncok out stage of a tournament for the first time ever.

There will be a mass exodus to Germany next week, with plenty of Tartan Army foot soldiers heading over without tickets, which thanks to UEFA's usual eagerness to please corporate sponsors with allocations, are exactly easy to come by. For those staying at home, it's either the house or the pub to watch the games and for atmosphere, you can't beat watching on the big screen if you can't actually be there in person.

Here are 7 of the best spots to watch in the capital.

The Three Sisters

An Edinburgh staple for big sporting events. Not always a first choice, but the large courtyard with benches and massive screen makes the Cowgate venue an obvious pick for the big games. Hopefully the weather stays dry otherwise wise it could be a bit of a washout.

Fans are being offered free entry to watch the games and a Google rating of 4.1 isn't bad. Cheap soft drinks are another feature, but we suspect they won't be selling many of those when Scotland are in action. A nationwide study put the Three Sisters in the top three fan zones in the UK for this summer's tournament.

Belushis

Bang in the middle of the Old Town and stumbling distance from Waverley Station, the bar attached to a backpackers hostel boasts plenty of screens, does food and isn't overly expensive. They also have a projector for those who like their action in proper big screen format.

Belushis have increased their food and drinks menu for the Euros, and are also offering private hire spaces that can be booked for matches. They'll also return your deposit as a bar tab for food. A standard Euros table can be reserved for just a tenner (£15 for Scotland games).

The Pear Tree

A very similar set up to the Three Sisters, although in a more studenty part of the city. You're relying on the good weather again, bit when the sun is out there are few places better fro beers in the sun, and they have a properly massive big screen outdoors - the biggest in Edinburgh.

The 170 year old venue once had rabbie Burns stay, so you can't really get much more Scottish than that. They also have a garden grill on the go beside the big screen so nice BBQ vibes if the weather suits.

Innis & Gunn Taproom (Lothian Road)

Showing every match on the big screen (the Leith taproom isn't), the city centre tap room is a handy venue. They are launching a new menu for the Euros and a selection of booking packages.

These include beer buckets to pints and pretzels. They warn that space is limited so these should be booked ASAP.reservations require a £10 per person on-refundable deposit and will be held for 15 minutes before being offered up to others. There's also a disclaimer that supporting whoever Scotland are playing as at your own risk.

Bellfield Brewery

Another taproom in the east of Edinburgh, they also feature a big screen and will be showing every Scotland game. With food on offer and a range wide range of Bellfield beers under a covered taproom, it's a good choice regardless of the weather.

Dog friendly for the furrier members of the Tartan Army. No deposit is required to book a table although it's suggested this is done ASAP to avoid missing out.

Lane 7

For too long Edinburgh natives have been asking one question. 'Where can I watch Euro 2024, and have a game of Water Pong with my mates, simultaneously?' Well now you have your answer. As well as a vibrant bar, Lane 7 offer ten-pin bowling, ping pong, pool, beer pong, batting cages, darts - and somewhere to watch the football. You can book a table and whichever package you fancy at their St James' Quarter location here.

The Chanter

A bright and trendy boozer a stone's throw from Edinburgh Castle in the Old Town, The Chanter is your sports bar to be in for a pint and a few games of pool during the Euros. They offer food until late and promise good value for money - something not easily found in Scotland's capital. There's plenty of big screens to take in all the action and you can book your table here.