#238: Arcade Bar, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh

Arcade Bar, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

Sorry about the crap photo above, I’ll get a new one soon.

The Arcade Bar, Haggis & Whisky House, to give it its full name, is a small bar half way up Cockburn Street. It’s well presented, with lots of exposed stonework, assorted comfy chairs, top hats for light shades, and a big TV showing what appeared to be a Polish TV station.

Through the back is the “Secret Arcade”, run by the same people, but focussed on vodkas. It was closed on this visit thought, so no pictures.

Apart from one older gent sitting at the bar watching TV, we were the only folk in. Tuesday night at 530, usual story, generally quiet. The barmaid was friendly but quite apologetic about the one cask tap being off.

I believe they’re related to The International Vodka And Beer Bar just off Rose Street.

The Bar

Arcade Bar, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Caledonian Flying Scotsman (off). Kegs: Guinness, McEwans 70/-, Heineken, Fosters, Amstel, Symonds cider, Strongbow.

The beers are a bit pricey: 1/2 pint of 70 for £2, Guinness £4.40!

Food

There are about 10 mains from £10 to £12, including haggis, steak pie, fish & chips, burgers, stuffed chicken etc.

Then there’s the “Doggies Menu”, with a few treats and “entrees” for your pampered pooch, ranging from £2.50 to £6. The mind boggles.

Amenities

Castle View

Nowt.

Links

Website: www.arcadepub.co.uk, secret-arcade.com
Facebook: Arcade Bar, Haggis & Whisky House, The Secret Arcade

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