#184: International Bar, Brougham Place, Edinburgh

International Bar, Brougham Place, Edinburgh (exterior)

Another pub I’ve been past countless times, but have never ventured into before. It’s got a little bit of a reputation for liveliness, but not as bad as The Grapes or Dickens. I believe it’s a Celtic bar, and any trouble is usually football-related.

Inside it’s a very traditional tenement pub affair, wooden bar, wooden floors, pale walls and ceilings, the odd Scotland flag, old photos on the walls, underwhelming cheap beer selection.

On our Tuesday night visit, circa 6pm, there were a few folk in, all of whom seemed to know each other. I didn’t feel unwelcome at all, and the barman was friendly. Old-school classics played on the stereo, from Status quo, Abba and others.

The Bar

International Bar, Brougham Place, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

1 cask line but it was off, I suspect it’s usually Caledonian Deuchars. Kegs: John Smiths, Carling, Tennent’s Lager, Strongbow.

A pint of John Smiths was £3.

Food

As far as I could tell, just crisps etc.

Amenities

Several TVs were showing some sport channel. There’s a pool table up the back, a fireplace and some books.

Castle View

Nope.

Links

Nothing!

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