#143: The Rat Pack, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh

The Rat Pack, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Rat Pack is a basement piano and cocktail bar beneath Shandwick Place with a Las Vegas theme. The staff all wear black with red braces and trilby hats, and there’s a grand piano taking pride of place.

The Rat Pack, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh (interior)

When we arrived (about 9:15pm on a Tuesday) we were the only people here, but things were picking up a little by the time we left. I suppose it’s quite busy at the weekend.

I liked the lighting in the tables. That central unlit bit lifts up to reveal what I assume is an ice bucket. In general it’s all lit very snazzily with spotights everywhere, but it was a little dim overall.

The Bar

The Rat Pack, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Not a lot of draught beers to choose from, but they’re a cocktail bar after all: Carling, Coors light, Belhaven Best, Guinness and Gaymers cider.

Here’s where I’d put in an indication of the cocktail prices, but I didn’t take notes on the night and their website is currently under renovation.

Our round was £10.10 for 2 Best and a Carling. Around £3.36 per pint, the second surprisingly cheap pint of the night.

Food

None that we noticed.

Amenities

The Rat Pack, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh (interior, piano)

Live music every night apparently, but it looks like a late start, hence why we found it so quiet. A quick perusal of Twitter showed things kicking off around 1030-11pm.

Castle View

Nowt.

Links

Website: www.ratpackpianobars.com
Twitter: @RatPackPianoBar
Facebook: The Rat Pack

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