Le Monde is another hotel/bar/club fusion on George Street. As you walk in you find the smallest of four bars, “The Library”, a relatively bright room with leather armchairs and small stools, lots of mirrors, a fireplace, token ornamental bookcase and large bunches of flowers. Through the back is “The Sky Bar”, a much larger area with a central bar, a lot more tables and booths, and a private dining area. Above that is “Dirty Martini”, but we didn’t go up for a look, it was closed. It’s pretty big too, and does live music events by all accounts. In the basement is “Shanghai”, a club that always seems to have a big queue outside on a Friday or Saturday night.
We visited on a Tuesday as usual, and sat in the front bar. There were plenty other punters in enjoying a quiet drink, but it was far from busy. Most people were making the most of the sunny evening, so the tables outside on the pavement were all full.
Pretty standard mainstream keg lineup: Fosters, Guinness, Heineken, Caledonian 80/-, Amstel, Caledonian Three Hop and Strongbow.
There was a cocktail menu with over 30 to choose from, mostly £7.50 but a few were about £10.
4.5 pints cost “something like £14”, said Iain. He had a 10% off voucher so it complicates things a little. That means at least £3.46 per pint without the discount, perhaps up to £3.70 assuming he paid under £15. That’s cheaper than expected, I had this place pegged as over £4 a pint, easy.
Burgers from £11 to £14, mains £11 to £18 for swanky versions of pub classics. I have to admit that “Beef, haggis & whisky sausages with leek & potato stovies” sounds great, but it’s still bangers and mash.
Nowt, unless there’s a view out the back of the upstairs bar.