Wow, this place gets busy on a Saturday evening. It wasn’t so bad up at the back bar, but we found a space through in “The Wee Pub”.
Last time I was in Biddy’s must have been about 10 years ago and it’s definitely gone up-market. It’s not posh or anything, but it’s in much better nick these days. There’s some nice wood panelling, leather seats, exposed brick and stone, a snug and wooden floorboards. It’s a pretty big bar too, yet it still fills up.
The “Wee Pub” was originally on our map as a separate entity, and is supposedly “Scotland’s smallest pub”, but I don’t buy it. It’s nothing more than an extra room on the side of Biddy’s. There’s a slightly different feel to the decor, and it’s got its own entrance to the street, but you can wander back and forth between The Wee Pub and Biddy’s without even opening a door, and the staff from Biddy’s do stints in the Wee Pub, so it doesn’t count for our purposes at least.
Biddy’s is part of the G1 Group, so a sister pub to The Three Sisters, Cabaret Voltaire and the Ghillie Dhu.
This was pub 7 of 19 on our random February blowout. We were only aiming for 8 but got very carried away. Quality will suffer, sorry. I’m not proud of the achievement, it was stupid.
Two casks, Biddy’s Ale (didn’t write down the brewer, dang it), Caledonian Deuchars.
Keg: Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Caledonia Best, Heverlee, Estrella Damm, Williams Joker IPA, Magners.
The round was £12.10 for 2 pints and 2 halves, so around £4.03 per pint.
Mains mostly £9 to £11, pub classics like fish and chips, steak pie, Irish stew, macaroni cheese etc. They have nachos but the chilli option is £10.50 so Russ will likely disqualify them outright.
There’s a large-ish outdoor seating area out in the Grassmarket in the warmer months, and a smaller fenced-in section year-round. Live music 7 days a week according to their website, “from traditional to folk and fiddle”.