Dodge tourist bars. | 21 Useful Edinburgh Tips From A Local Do yourself a favour and avoid the Grassmarket and Rose Street bars if you’re hoping for a quiet drink, to meet a local, or to even get a drink at all. Great fun during the sporting seasons and the Fringe Festival, but like a cattle herding the rest of the year. Head to Sandy Bells on Forrest Road for live Scottish Folk music every night. I can’t promise that you’ll get a seat, but you’ll definitely get a drink.