#245: The Playfair, Greenside Place, Edinburgh

The Playfair, Greenside Place, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Playfair is a large glass-fronted pub with a reasonably big patio outside at just the right angle to catch the early evening sun in summer. The bar is modern, being part of the Omni Centre, and is very straight-forward but has some older-school features like a wooden bar and carpeted floors. Through the front windows you can occasionally see the odd tram as it pulls up to its abrupt end-of-line at Picardy Place. Ding ding, drink!

It was busy on this visit, bucking the usual trend for quiet Tuesday nights. The sun probably helped bring out the punters; it was quite nice as it streamed in the big windows. There were no tables available, standing room only. The incredibly cheap drink probably also had a part to play.

This is one of 3 Wetherspoon’s pubs within the scope of our tour, the other two being the Standing Order and the Alexander Graham Bell, both on George Street. If Wetherspoon’s get their way though there will be more soon as they’ve apparently bought the Empire Bingo hall on Nicholson Street, are eyeing up the former Kushi’s on Victoria Street, and are already working on the Picture House on Lothian Road. It seems they are hedging their bets in the hope that at least one of these venues gets the green light. I can’t see all 3 panning out.

The Bar

The Playfair, Greenside Place, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Cairngorm Gold, Caledonian Deuchars, Broughton Run DMC, Adnams Broadside, Abbot Ale, Elgood’s Greyhound.

Keg: Tuborg, Carlsberg, Guinness, Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664, Tennent’s Lager, Strongbow, Amstel, Stella Artois, Heineken, John Smith, McEwans Red, Coors Light.

The round was about £16 for 7 pints. Yes, 7. That’s a mere £2.29 per pint on average, none of them were above £2.50. I think Deuchars might have been £1.99. No wonder it’s busy.


The usual Wetherspoon’s menu, cheap pub grub, see their web page for more details.

Castle View



Web page: www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-playfair

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