#60: The Black Cat, Rose Street, Edinburgh

The Black Cat, Rose Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

So this is why the previous few pubs on Rose Street on this particular night were all quiet, everybody was crammed in here. It’s only small, but was very busy, probably due to the pub quiz which was just finishing up as we arrived.

The decor’s a relatively tasteful attempt at a Scottish theme bar, stopping just short of being twee: barrels, deer horns, whisky bottles etc. My only complaint is that it’s a bit dark.

They’re an independent pub and have been around since 2011, but I’ve really never noticed the place before, probably because I still think of it as Filthy McNasty’s, which was a bit of a dive. This is a huge improvement, I’ll be back for sure.

The Bar

The Black Cat, Rose Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

They have two cask taps. On this visit was Broughton Lantern Jack and the other tap was off. Kegs were Guinness, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Tennent’s Lager, Belhaven Best, Williams Brothers Caesar Augustus, Aspall Cyder, West St Mungo, and Black Isle Blonde. Bottles from Brooklyn Brewery, Brew Dog and others. Alcohol-free beer options available (Erdinger)

There’s heaps of whisky, just take a look at the photo on the right.

Sorry, I’ve got no record of how much the round was. I’m fairly sure it was under £4 a pint anyway.


I don’t think there’s anything other than crisps etc.

On a recent re-visit in October 2014 there was a small, simple menu of hot food. Toasties, soup, and various deep-fried things such as Fish and chips, pie and chips, chicken goujons and chips, haggis balls and chips, white bait and chips etc. Prices ranged from £3 for just chips to £7.20 for the goujons or scampi.


Pub quiz at 7pm on Tuesdays. Other pubs take note: this is a much better time to start a pub quiz if you want to snare non-students. Everywhere else in town starts way too late for my liking.

“Traditional Scottish live band” at 9:30pm Mondays and Wednesdays, according to their website.

Castle View



Website (annoying, flash-based!): www.theblackcatbar.com
Twitter: @theblackcatbar
Facebook: theblackcatbaredinburgh

The Black Cat, Rose Street, Edinburgh (interior)


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