#194: The Captains Bar, South College Street, Edinburgh

The Captains Bar, South College Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

From a single pint on a quiet Tuesday night, I can tell this is my kind of pub. It’s a long, narrow pub, very wooden, with inlaid mirrors, lots of books, no TV (I think), hooks at the bar and elsewhere plus musical instruments on the walls. It doesn’t take itself too seriously either, some of the ornaments being a dummy above the bar with a captain’s shirt and a tricorn hat, a skeleton in a cage, and a few other other curious piratical trinkets. Add to that live acoustic folk music most nights, and I’m left wondering why it’s taken so long for me to venture in.

The Captains Bar, South College Street, Edinburgh (interior)

Despite being almost empty (530pm on a Tuesday), there was still a certain amount of atmosphere, and I’m not just talking about the whisky-tinged aroma emanating from the woodwork. There were two guys in talking to the barman about music, and I suspected they were perhaps tonight’s musicians, but were probably just locals. We were treated to some good folk and blues on the stereo. Everywhere I looked there was something interesting, and I could easily imagine it packed on a weekend, with live music and lively banter.

The Bar

The Captains Bar, South College Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Two cask taps: Wychwood Dirty Tackle and Caledonian Deuchars.

Keg: McEwans 70/-, Caledonian 80/- and Three Hop, Fosters, Guinness, Kronenbourg 1664, Strongbow.

A pint of guest cask was £3.70.

Food

I don’t remember seeing any signs of food except crisps etc.

Amenities

“Live acoustic Scottish music” every night.

Castle View

Nowt.

Links

Website: captainsedinburgh.webs.com

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