#259: 1780, Rose Street, Edinburgh

1780, Rose Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

After a night of mostly posh bars on George Street, it was nice to sit down for a pint of real ale in a quiet wooden pub, even if it was a bit touristy. The dim lighting, dark wood and profusion of black and white photos gave it a warm, relatively inviting atmosphere. There are more tables through in another room that looks out onto the street, but it was closed by the time we got there.

It was pretty quiet, and the punters that were in on this Tuesday night visit, circa 9pm, all looked and sounded like tourists. The bar man was fairly friendly. We have come to the conclusion that it’s more restaurant than bar. Previous attempts to visit the place earlier in the year were unsuccessful since they seemed to close a good deal earlier than nearby bars, adding weight to our restaurant theory.

I think it’s run by the same folk as Dirty Dick’s a little further down the street, though I can’t remember where I got that idea. 1780 used to be called “The Bad Ass”, but they renamed it a few years ago.

The Bar

1780, Rose Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Cask: Broughton Dark Dunter and Edinburgh EPA. Keg: Heineken, Fosters, Strongbow, McEwans Red, Guinness, Caledonian Three Hop.

It was £12 for 2 pints and two halves, so around £4 per pint, just enough to earn a “pricey” tag.


Simple burger menu starting at around £10, extra toppings available. Mains mostly just under £10, nachos with chilli £7.50.

Gav had a burger and seemed pretty happy with it.


There are a bunch of tables outside on the (pedestrianised) street, often quite full in the afternoon or early evening in the summer.

Castle View



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