#175: The City Cafe, Blair Street, Edinburgh

The City Cafe, Blair Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The City Cafe is a 50s America-style bar and diner with leather swivel bar stools, formica tabletops, booths, neon, chrome, a pool table and a black, red and white colour scheme.

The City Cafe, Blair Street, Edinburgh (interior)It wasn’t very busy on this early Tuesday evening visit. That and the decor made it seem a bit more diner than bar really, but they’re open ’til 1am, so maybe it gets busier later on.

Being a Caledonian Heritable joint, this is a sister bar to Tiles, The Pear Tree, Ryan’s Bar, Bannerman’s and more.

The Bar

The City Cafe, Blair Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

On keg there was Guinness, Tennent’s Lager, Kronenbourg 1664, Calton Gold, Erdinger, Strongbow. I’m not sure if the Caledonian Deuchars was keg or cask, the bar man thought it was “gas driven”, and it certainly wasn’t hand-pumped, so I assume keg too.

I didn’t notice the bottled beers on the night, but according to their web site there’s some nice Scottish offerings up for grabs from Williams, Tryst, Stewart’s, etc.

Cocktails from around £6.50 to £8.

Tennent’s was £3.40 per pint, Deuchars £3.60, and the average was maybe a little higher than both.


The burgers and nachos were good, portions fairly big. Russ (nacho expert in residence) enjoyed the nachos except that the guy taking the order misheard him and only brought the small portion. Burgers from £8 to £10, most mains under £10.

The Ultimate Burger Challenge, The City Cafe, EdinburghThe Ultimate Burger Challenge is worth a mention. Both Russ and Westy reckon they’ll be back after the tour’s over to tackle this bad boy: 3.15kg of burger, and only 45 mins to eat it all. Madness. It’s free if you can finish it while sticking to the rules, or something like £30 if you don’t.


Function room downstairs, pool table. Quiz nights on Sunday at 8pm. There are a few outdoor tables.

Castle View



Website: www.thecitycafe.co.uk
Twitter: @TheCityCafe
Facebook: City Cafe Edinburgh


One response to “#175: The City Cafe, Blair Street, Edinburgh

  1. As far as I know Deuchars is always cask. It’s probably a gas-driven Flojet system delivering it to the tap. Should not be any gas on the beer though.

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