#128: The Bon Vivant Stockbridge, Dean Street, Edinburgh

The Bon Vivant Stockbridge, Dean Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

We started this week off here, continuing the Stockbridge theme from last week. Iain and Colin got there before me, so I only had time for a half pint, not really enough time to appreciate the place. It felt a bit more of a wine bar than a pub, but not overly so, yet it felt more like a pub than a restaurant which isn’t necessarily what they want to hear. It’s all dark walls, mirrors, victorian features, surprisingly high woodenness.

The service was good, attentive barman, though not that chatty. There were perhaps half a dozen punters in, not including ourselves. Colin didn’t like the music, though I can’t remember what was on.

It was pretty dark, but arguably brighter than the other Bon Vivant on Thistle Street. Along with their Thistle Street venue, they’re also affiliated with the Devil’s Advocate up on Advocate’s Close.

The Bar

The Bon Vivant Stockbridge, Dean Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Two cask beers on this visit, Stewart’s Edinburgh Gold and Inveralmond Thrappledouser. That’s an improvement on the Thistle Street bar too which didn’t appear to have any cask beers when we visited. The keg selection was West 4, Caledonian 80, San Miguel, Guinness and Tennent’s Lager.

I assume they get more folk in for wine and cocktails than beer. There’s a large selection of fine wines and custom cocktails too.

The cask beers were £3.80 per pint and Iain’s West shandy was a mere £2.


There’s a small but regularly changing menu, but it’s restaurant prices with mains in the £12 to £17 range, so by no means pub grub. However, there are lighter bites, starting at just £1 per portion of various tapas inspired offerings. There’s even a big Serrano ham at the bar.

Castle View



Website: bonvivant-stockbridge.co.uk
Twitter: @BonVStockbridge
Facebook: The Bon Vivant Stockbridge


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