#11: The Basement, Broughton Street, Edinburgh

The Basement, Broughton Street, Edinburgh

Edit: It’s been revamped since this visit.

I’ve not been in here in years, but thankfully it’s hardly changed at all. The first thing you’ll notice is the very low ceilings, then perhaps the staff in their Hawaiian shirts, then the vast array of tequilas you’ve never heard of. On the stereo we had a mixture of old and new with the likes of the Happy Mondays and Broken Bells.

There’s something I love about this place, despite the absence of real ales on tap. It could be the glorious aroma from the kitchen, or maybe the powerful combination of alcohol and nostalgia.

Beer

The Basement, Broughton Street, Edinburgh (patio)

There’s never been anything on cask as far as I can remember, but there are a fair few kegs on. Erdinger, Belhaven Best, Heineken, Coors, Moretti, various bottles. We got 1.5 pints of Erdinger and a bottle of Innis & Gunn for £10.15, so getting pricier now, near enough £4 a pint.

Food

Framed Hawaiian shirt, The Basement, Edinburgh

I can’t vouch for the food these days, but it did smell amazing tonight. We used to come here despite the lack of decent beer just because the food was great. It’s essentially Mexican food with a bit of a Scottish twist here and there. Massive portions too. You can get food in the bar area or on the other side in the restaurant.

Amenities

There are no TVs, so that’s a plus. Tables and chairs made out of tank tracks? Check. Framed Hawaiian shirts in the toilets? Check.

Castle View

Inconceivable.

Links

Website: www.basement-bar-edinburgh.co.uk
Twitter: @TheBasement_ed
Facebook: www.facebook.com/basementedinburgh

The Basement, Broughton Street, Edinburgh (interior)

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