#134: Wash Bar, North Bank Street, Edinburgh

Wash Bar, North Bank Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Wash has been around for over a decade at least, but I’ve not been in years. In the first few golden years after uni when a pay cheque was still a novelty and when Friday nights were always out on the town, this was one of only a few places to get a table football fix. Sadly, there’s no foosball any more.

It’s a bit trendier these days, all neutral shades, spot lights, polished wooden floor, funky chairs and a fish tank. Upstairs there’s a second bar (closed during the week it would seem) more seating and the ghost of a foosball table.

It wasn’t all that busy but was picking up as tea time was fast approaching. The clientèle were all younger than us but post uni, mid 20s to early 30s maybe. Some things are still the same then.

The Bar

Wash Bar, North Bank Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

No cask beers, all keg: Tennent’s Lager, Williams Joker IPA, Guinness, Caledonia Best, Staropramen, Stella Artois, Magners.

I was very surprised to see bottles of Elaine’s favourite beer from our New Zealand trip in 2012, Monteith’s Radler, possibly in preparation for Waitangi Day judging by the posters up around the place. That’s the first time I’ve seen Monteith’s in the UK. Big in Australia and NZ. They do some nice beers, but the Radler’s not really for me.

Joker IPA was £4.10 per pint, but Tennent’s and Best only £3. Our round came out at £10.40 for 3 drinks, so £3.47 on average.


We didn’t get a look at the menu and there’s nowt on their website, but as we were leaving a table were just being served their food. It looked smelled really good at least.


Outdoor seating. The upstairs is available for free hire, see their website for more details.

Castle View



Website: www.washbar.co.uk
Facebook: The Wash Bar
Twitter: @WashBarEdinburg


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