#10: Phoenix Bar, Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Phoenix Bar, Broughton Street, Edinburgh

For some reason I’m finding it hard to describe this place. I think my prejudices and beer snobbery have clouded my brain. This is essentially a football or at least sports pub. Better than a sports bar I guess. Still some nice old features like decorative ceiling, wooden barwork, mirrors and old photos, but the TV behind the bar dominates everything. At least the TV sound wasn’t on. Instead we got a few power ballads interspersed with the Beautiful South and Travis.


Two hand-pumps with Stewart’s Edinburgh Gold and Caledonian Deuchars. Plenty of kegs: Guinness, Carlsberg, Stella, Budweiser, Belhaven Best, Tennents, Kronenbourg 1664, Strongbow, Somersby Cider. Great choice if that’s what you’re into, but I’m obviously biased towards the real ales.

Our round came to £9.90 for 3 pints, seemingly the Broughton Street average (or median, more like).


There was a sign up saying “Served all day: bacon roll £1.75; sausage roll £1.75; hotdog £2”. I don’t know if they do any other food.


Huge TV showing football. The “Cellar Bar” downstairs is available for private parties, as is the mezzanine level upstairs in the main bar. It seems to be a Fringe venue at this time of year, presumably in the cellar bar.

Castle View


Phoenix Bar, Broughton Street, Edinburgh (interior)


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