#201: Planet, Baxter’s Place, Edinburgh


I’m surprised it’s taken until pub #201 to find ourselves in a gay bar. There’s a bit of a concentration of them here near the top of Leith Walk, so several more to come.

Inside, there were no hints of any traditional features, all mostly white with splashes of bright colours here and there, plus some shiny bits and several large mirrors. It felt a bit like a club really, and there’s even what looks like a small dancefloor at the back, complete with disco ball. Nearer the front there were some benches, chairs, low tables, and I think a few pouffes (careful with the spelling there, Dave).

It was relatively busy for a Tuesday night, with a diverse bunch of punters too, though mostly male. A rowdy group of early 20-somethings were playing pool and ordering champagne, two lone older gents several tables apart were sitting staring at their phones, and a few young folk sat at the bar. Somebody said they were reminded of a Fat Boy Slim video (which one?) because of one dude storming around in one of those disposable Disney Mickey Mouse raincoats. By the time we left we realised he was much cooler than we thought, he was actually dressed up as one of the ghosts from Pac-Man. The barman was chatty, but seemed a bit run off his feet.

The Bar

Planet, Baxter's Place, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

All kegs: Carling, Tennent’s Lager, Belhaven Best, Stella Artois, Kronenbourg 1664, Fosters, Heineken, Strongbow.

1.5 pints of best, 1 Tennent’s and a coke was £9.70, so let’s say £3.30 a pint.


I didn’t see anything.


Quiz night, Thursdays at 9pm.

Castle View



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