Over the years I’ve heard many colourful tales about this place. I’m sorry to say I was a little disappointed – it seemed pretty normal to me on this visit, no tales of my own to tell. By all accounts it’s had a big make-over in the recent past, so maybe that’s taken some of the character away. It’s one of Edinburgh’s most well-known gay bar/clubs.
It seemed just like any other style bar, with exposed stone and brickwork, parquet flooring and dim lighting, apart from some colourful spot lighting to emphasise the stonework. There are two levels, with some tables as you walk in, and a few steps up to the bar area and back room. There’s a downstairs too, presumably with a dancefloor, but it was closed. No doubt we were too early.
Other than us there were two barmen, one young guy sitting at the bar staring at his phone, somebody with their feet up in a booth, and a DJ through the back. Just as we left, two well-dressed couples walked in. I imagine it gets busier later on. As ever, this was a Tuesday night visit, around 8pm, typically quiet anyway.
All kegs: Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Fosters, Peroni, Carling, Staropramen, Guinness, Stowford Press cider. Bottled beers weren’t all bad, better than expected, including Brewdog.
Our round was £20.90 for 4 pints, a bottle of Punk IPA, and an Irn Bru, so maybe around £3.80 per beer.
The signs outside said they do food and Trip Adviser comments are positive, but I didn’t notice any menus when we were in, maybe it was too late. Their website’s no help either, still under construction.