#193: The Southsider, West Richmond Street, Edinburgh

The Southsider, West Richmond Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Southsider is a pretty big tenement pub for these parts, recently refurbished and looking a lot slicker these days than when I was last in. It’s got a nice copper-top wooden bar, dark wood wainscotting, tiled and wooden flooring, Victorian-ish booths and original cornices. Some of the details seem a bit contrived like the wood-burning stove (is it real or electric?) and the bric-a-brac on the walls.

It was relatively busy for a Tuesday night, mostly students in for the surprisingly cheap drinks, but a few folk from across the age spectrum too. There was a funny music selection with 80s hits from Lisa Stansfield, Lionel Richie, The Bangles and The House Martins. A lot of the punters weren’t even born when this stuff came out!

It’s a Maclay Inns pub, so related to Clerk’s Bar, Bert’s and The Auld Hundred.

The Bar

The Southsider, West Richmond Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Arran Red Squirrel, Caledonian Over The Bar and Deuchars. Kegs: Stella Artois, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Caledonia Best, Williams Caesar Augustus, Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted, Peroni, house lager, Magners.

The most expensive thing on the (printed) menu was Stella at £3.70, everything else apart from Guinness (£3.25) was under £3. I suspect the Williams, Harviestoun and Peroni would be up around Stella price, but they weren’t listed on the menu. The house lager was very cheap at £2.50. If the guy at Clerk’s Bar was right, then this’ll be brewed by Tennent’s too.

Two pints of Caesar Augustus, half an Arran, and a cup of tea was £10.50. Guessing at £2 for the tea, that puts the rest at around £3.40 a pint.


According to their website there’s a new menu coming next week, so I’ll just leave this section out.


Plenty of TVs for watching sport, a function room, occasional live music.

Castle View



Website: www.thesouthsiderpub.co.uk
Facebook: The Southsider
Twitter: @SouthsiderPub


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