#224: The St. Vincent, St. Vincent Street, Edinburgh

The St. Vincent, St. Vincent Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The St. Vincent is a traditional tenement bar just on the fringes of Stockbridge, if not just outside. It’s got quite an old-school feel to it, a nice wood and mirror bar, wooden wainscotting and dividers, wooden floor, generally very wooden. There are touches of stained glass, fitted leather benches and more windows than you might imagine for a semi-basement bar. The wallpaper was a bit questionable, busy flowery stuff, but their facebook page shows photos of it being removed just one week after our visit at the end of March. Maybe they overheard our clucking. Hopefully the decoration effort was just a simple refresh and not a full-on refit, it’d be a shame to lose all that lovely wood. My only real complaint was that it was a little musty smelling, perhaps that was also sorted out in the decorating.

It was pretty quiet, just a few gents at the bar and a couple through the back. This isn’t abnormal for a Tuesday night at 530, as avid readers will already know.

The Bar

The St. Vincent, St. Vincent Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Brand X (house beer), Caledonian Deuchars X 2, plus 2 pumps off. Kegs: Kronenbourg 1664, Caledonian Three Hop and 80/-, Heineken, Guinness, Fosters, Symonds cider.

Deuchars was £3.60, house beer only £3 and tasty, made by Knops I think.

Food

I think we may have missed a trick here, the food looks right up our street, but I don’t even remember looking on the night. Just listen to this: “Man v Feed £11.95 – 2 8oz burgers layered with cheese sauce and topped with pulled pork, chorizo, bacon and toasted ham.” All the rest of the burgers are under £10. The menu I’m reading is on their facebook page, and you can apparently order takeaway too.

Amenities

A couple of big TVs with sport, snooker on this occasion, plus a projector for bigger games perhaps. There was some evidence of recent live music, little bits of PA equipment still in one corner.

Castle View

No chance.

Links

Facebook: St Vincent Bar

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