#132: The Bailie Bar, St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh

The Bailie Bar, St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Bailie is a surprisingly large basement bar with a very traditional feel to it. It’s got lots of red leather seats and stools, red ceiling, black walls, old photos, a central bar, real fire, old lamps, mirrors and a sneaky hidden telly.

It was pretty busy for a Tuesday night, with a wide range of age-groups and walks of life, really adding to the old-school local pub feel, and it felt very friendly. Westy’s dog Murphy was treated to a bowl of water all to himself, and we didn’t even ask for one.

It appears to be a Caledonian Heritable pub, so a sister pub to the likes of Ryan’s Bar, The Peartree, Tiles, etc. The tip-off was the Calton Gold link on their website (Calton Gold being the house lager for Caledonian Heritable pubs). A little digging on the web brought up Caledonian Heritable Limited at Company Check, and the address of the Bailie is listed there as a trading address, though that’s not exactly foolproof. Why doesn’t Caley Heritable have its own web site? It’d be a lot easier. And why do none of its pub websites say they’re part of the same family, are they embarrassed about it?

The Bar

The Bailie Bar, St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

6 cask: Courage Directors, Caledonian Deuchars, Taylor’s Landlord, Cairngorm Wildcat, Caledonian Old Acquaintance, Orkney Dark Island. Keg: Budweiser Budvar, Tennent’s Lager (x2), Blue Moon, Guinness, Inveralmond Sunburst, McEwan’s Export, Caledonia Best. There may be some missing as, being a Caledonian Heritable pub (probably), they’re highly likely to have Calton Gold on. I didn’t go all the way round the bar.

It was £9.05 for 2.5 pints, so around £3.62 per pint.


The food looked good though we’d already eaten. Russ hadn’t yet though, so he ordered the nachos and thought they were pretty good. £8 for the 2-person portion (he ate them all himself, of course). Can you elaborate on “pretty good” please Russ, in the comments? The burgers are all around £9 and the mains £8 to £10.


Tellies for sport, real coal fire, live music, outdoor seating.

Castle View



Website: thebailiebar.co.uk
Facebook: Bailie Bar
Twitter: @Bailie_Bar


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