#228: The Victoria Bar & Lounge, Causewayside, Edinburgh

The Victoria Bar & Lounge, Causewayside, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Victoria Bar is a traditional tenement bar, very straight-forward, with an apparent focus on sport, cheap drinks and old-school sensibilities. The decoration’s simple, white walls, lino floor, wooden tables and chairs, a few fitted benches, several puggies blinking endlessly. Only the bar side was open on this occasion, I don’t know if the lounge is still operational, but it looks about the same size again from the outside.

It’s obviously a locals bar, on this occasion populated by a few friendly, although somewhat indecipherable gents in their 60s. The barman seemed friendly too, and broke out some free crisps for us, which is always welcome. As ever, Tuesday nights are quiet in general, it could easily get much rowdier at the weekends, and with free pies on offer for big games, it ought to get busy then at least.

The Bar

The Victoria Bar & Lounge, Causewayside, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

All kegs: Guinness, Belhaven Best, Carling, McEwans 70 and Export, Tennent’s Lager, Coors Light and the first sighting of Carling cider!

The round was £11 for 2.5 pints of 70, a Best and an Irn Bru, so easily under £3 a pint.

Food

I’m not sure there’s a menu exactly, but there were posters that mentioned free pies at half time for big games. We got a free bowl of crisps for no particular reason.

Amenities

Big screen with BT Sport.

Castle View

Nowt.

Links

Nothing!

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