#266: Henry’s Cellar Bar, Morrison Street, Edinburgh

Henry's Cellar Bar, Morrison Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

Henry’s is a long-standing music venue tucked away in the basement beneath Lebowskis. It’s a very down-to-earth bar, some might say a bit shabby, but it’s got a lot of soul. We got a warm welcome from the friendly barman, he kept coming over to our table to tell us the latest score in whatever World Cup Game was on at the time.

Henry's Cellar Bar, Morrison Street, Edinburgh (interior)

I was surprised it was even open at around 7pm on a Tuesday. It was almost empty, but was picking up a bit when we left. It turned out that we had stumbled upon a free live music night, and I felt bad bailing out half way through the first act (Dog On A Swing, pictured on the right), but we had a schedule to keep.

A few of us used to come here a lot while at uni and the following few years, when life was simpler. It was always very lively, the music at the weekends was great, and the atmosphere friendly. We’d dance away until the not so wee small hours. It was always a bit of a sweat box, but I see they’ve now got air conditioning. What luxury! The music on offer these days seems to be much more varied, it was almost exclusively funky jazz and latin vibes back in the day.

Doug, I have you quoted here as saying of the place: “this whole setup reminds me of making a cheese toasty while I’m drunk”. Would you care to elaborate in the comments below, please?

The Bar

Henry's Cellar Bar, Morrison Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

Beers on tap were all keg: Stella Artois, Amstel, Tennent’s Lager, Guinness, Caledonia Best, Peroni, Magners.

I have here “funny tasting pints” in my notes, though I can’t remember what was funny about them. I don’t recall anyone taking theirs back for a fresh one, so they can’t have been all that funny.

The round was £15.30 for 4.5 pints, so about £3.40 each.

Food

Nothing.

Amenities

Live music, festival stuff, club nights, often a fee on the door though. There’s an outdoor seating area, but no drinks are allowed out there.

Castle View

Nope.

Links

Website: www.henryscellarbar.com
Twitter: @HenrysCellarBar
Facebook: Henry’s Cellar Bar

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