Another guest post by Doug. Cheers dude!
This is one of the more controversial choices we have made on the tour as it
is likely that this breaks at least one of the rules on account of it really being a hotel bar rather than a pub. It’s a 4-star boutique hotel spanning three Edinburgh New Town Houses. The hotel incorporates the bar at street level, a restaurant, private dining rooms and 47 bedrooms.
Their facebook page refer to the drinking area as a “sparkly bar” and the website describes it as an opulent cocktail bar, and that is probably fair enough. It has a nice modern feel but retains a lot of the original features and charm. The view of the bar from the street is inviting.
Despite breaking at least one rule it did make another rule seem worthwhile, “drink if you see a working tram”, which happens quite frequently here as there is a handy tram stop right outside!
For a Tuesday night it wasn’t doing badly, but not exactly busy. The punters were fairly well dressed and probably all hotel guests. There was an odd mix of trendy 2000’s house and 70s disco with the likes of LTJ Bukem, Earth Wind & Fire, Dzihan & Kamien on the stereo.
Overall it is in a good location, handy for the theatre and would probably make a good base for city break visitors to Edinburgh.
Kegs: Belhaven Best, Belhaven Black, Black Isle Blonde, Stella Artois, Peroni Nastro Azzurro. A range of bottled beer and ciders also available.
Our round was £12.95 for three and a half pints, so an average of £3.70 per pint.
Wine list and cocktail lists available.
There is a casual dining bar menu, with food available from 10am to 10pm. Sandwiches, burgers and other bar menu classics. Reasonably priced and although we didn’t eat here, the food looked good.
Heated outdoor terrace which is open all year round.