This pub is where we came up with the idea for the tour. It’s changed its name since then, previously known as The Grassmarket Bar, even though it wasn’t in the Grassmarket. I don’t know if it’s also changed hands, but it still seems much the same inside, a traditional, wooden no-nonsense bar. It’s geared towards sports fans with two large projector screens and a couple of TVs.
It was relatively busy for a Tuesday night on this visit, circa 5:45pm, but not exactly packed. No doubt the World Cup helped boost numbers. The punters were almost all blokes.
Cask: Caledonian Road to Rio. Kegs: Kronenbourg 1664, Fosters, Murphy’s, Heineken, Guinness, Caledonian 80/-.
This is the only pub I can remember seeing both Murphy’s and Guinness on tap at the same time. We did a blind taste test in here once and Murphy’s came out on top, it has a bit more flavour.
Pints were around £3.70.
Burgers from £7 to £10. Mains, pub classics like fish & chips, steak pie, haggis, bangers and mash, mostly £8. Nachos are £7 and were very good last time we tried over a year ago, before the name change.
There’s regular live music and a dart board, as well as the previously mentioned big screens.
Yes, the back of the castle towers behind the pub, you can see it in the top right corner of the picture at the top of the page.