A pub in Edinburgh has been named one of the "best boozers" in the UK by National Geographic magazine.

The list names 12 bars across the country featuring spots in places like North London and Cornwall.

National Geographic said: "Whatever trends come and go, there should always be a place for proper pubs — those iconic institutions that have been the cornerstone of British culture for centuries.

"A purist’s pub is their safe place — a calming quarantine of quiet contemplation, a serene antidote to modern-day madness, a cosy asylum where one can clutch a pint to one’s chest."

The National: The Oxford Bar in Scotland's capital was named number two on the National Geographic list.The Oxford Bar in Scotland's capital was named number two on the National Geographic list. (Image: Tripadvisor)

See the Edinburgh pub named the UK's second 'best boozer' by National Geographic 

The Oxford Bar in Edinburgh was named the second-best pub in the UK by National Geographic, losing out on the top spot to Aldworth's The Bell Inn.

Speaking of the pub, the popular magazine said: "Auld Reekie is littered with lovely locals, ideal for those seeking refuge from the rain. But few commit themselves so steadfastly to plain and unfussy ‘pubbery’ quite like The Oxford Bar, famously frequented by novelist Ian Rankin and his fictional detective inspector John Rebus.

"Refreshingly clean of Caledonian cliches and attracting every kind of character Edinburgh has to offer, it’s a great place to perch at the bar with beer or whisky in hand."

The National: The UK's 12 best pubs were named on the list.The UK's 12 best pubs were named on the list. (Image: Getty)

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National Geographic names the 12 'best boozers' in the UK

Here are the 12 best pubs in the UK:

  • The Bell Inn, Aldworth 
  • The Oxford Bar, Edinburgh 
  • Southampton Arms, North London 
  • The Dyffryn Arms, Cwm Gwaun
  • Ypres Inn, Rye 
  • Pride of Spitalfields, east London
  • The Blisland Inn, Cornwall 
  •  The Magnet, Stockport 
  • Birch Hall Inn, North Yorkshire
  • Queens Head, Cambridgeshire 
  • Sunflower, Belfast 

The Oxford Bar was the only location in Scotland named on the list. The pub was also popular on Tripadvisor with users giving it a 4.5 out of 5 out 136 reviews.