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The City Cafe

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Diner by day, cocktails by night. A refreshing modern gem in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Inspired by the original American Diner, The City Café is a real find in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Loved by locals and visitors alike, it has something for everyone with an all-day menu running old Skool American breakfasts, gourmet hotdogs, burgers, milkshakes, sandwiches and salads by day and cosmopolitan cocktails, beers and city vibe music by night, it’s only a matter of time before The City Café tempts you in to sample its wears. Home to the now famous Man Vs Food ‘Burger Challenge’, this inviting establishment is a veritable treasure trove of fun with delicious food and drink at its heart. As well as our main bar and dining booths we also have our function room in City 2 which can provide the ideal space for free private party and event hire. Suitable for all age ranges (see site for more details), tastes and tipples, we look forward to welcoming you to The City Café.

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Usquabae whisky bar

Usquabae

Usquabae whisky bar

Wi’ tippenny, we fear nae evil;
Wi’ usquabae, we’ll face the devil!

Usquabae (“oosk-a-bay”) is a whisky lover’s paradise – the name comes from a Rabbie Burns coined variant on the Gaelic for “water of life” and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The back of the bar is lined with whisky (and whiskey), there’s alcoves lined by whisky filled cabinets, the very Scottish menu contains a fair old dose of single malt, and even the decor is built, in part, from old whisky barrels. The atmosphere alone is intoxicating.

The classic malts you’d expect from any self-respecting Scottish pub are there of course, and much more besides. Rare editions, unusual expressions, a few bottles which are all that remain of long lost distilleries and one of the finest collections of Japanese malts you’ll find this side of 余市町.

Of course, if a dram isn’t your thing there’s plenty more on offer, including a wide selection of craft beers and an impressive cocktail menu.

Possibly the most impressive thing is the knowledge of the staff on their huge range of spirit – the manager is one of the leading Scottish whisky bloggers, and the “trickle-down effect” is very evident.

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LED Room

Whynot Nightclub

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Since the full refurbishment in January of 2013 Why Not Nightclub has quickly reinstated its reputation as Edinburgh’s premier night spot and has proven itself to be the most popular night club destination in Edinburgh. As well as an innovative new look they have worked tirelessly to build success on quality service, promotion of cutting edge premium drinks and first class entertainment in a revolutionary, modern setting.

Located in the heart of the capital, Whynot was the first nightclub on George Street and as was the case in the nineties, they have always endeavoured to be pioneers and continue to lead the way in terms of the overall customer experience.

Nestled beneath the famous Edinburgh landmark that is The Dome Bar & Grill, Why Not offers the perfect setting for any occasion. They are blessed with some fantastic points of difference that push the limits and constraints of the norm. Featuring four cocktail bars, a large central Dancefloor with onlooking private booths, a stunning outdoor heated courtyard and Scotland’s only full LED Lighting room they are the envy of competitors and subsequently have a wonderful capacity to satisfy an array of client expectations.

Through innovative décor, revolutionary sound & lighting and advanced marketing techniques Why Not has already been recognised as one of the countries leading late night venues but more importantly their client base have shown recognition by attending faithfully and regularly.

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Bannermans Rock & Whisky Bar

Bannermans

Bannermans Rock & Whisky Bar

Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

Nigel Tufnel:
[pause] These go to eleven.

Edinburgh’s self-styled “Rock & Whisky Bar”, Bannermans is all about the music. Tucked away in the old city vaults under George IV Bridge, it’s a suitably gothic (and soundproofed!) location. Attracting some big names for a smaller independent venue they host both free gigs from up and coming bands and ticketed events from more established acts – but given the dedicated band room you’re always free to just wander in and enjoy a pint at the bar or in their “Jagerlouge” at the back with its own dedicated bar.

There’s a pool table for afternoon entertainment, with the occasional informal tournament, and Sunday afternoons are dominated by a chilled acoustic session.

Very reasonably priced snacks and pub grub are available, alongside a bar offering some great cask ales (Fraoch Heather Ale is always on, Bannermans is one of the only pubs in Scotland featuring it on a permanent basis) and there is, as their slogan suggests, a respectable selection of both single malts and stateside whiskey-with-an-e.

If you’re a fan of film trivia, the script for Shallow Grave was conceived and drafted in Bannermans, and if you pop in and soak up the atmosphere you’ll soon understand why!

Those who are about to rock, we salute you.

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The Blind Poet

The Blind Poet

The Blind Poet

All things to all men and women. If you can pluck it, sing it, draw it or play it, then bring it. A real diamond in the rough.

A long established welcoming haunt for all, but as its name suggests and history dictates, this has always been a particular favourite stomping ground of budding thespians, literary folk, musical maestros, sporting aficionados, gaming gatherings and comic gurus. With a spot lit stage occupied every night of the week with anything from comedy, open mic and karaoke to poetry readings and sporting highlights, the Blind Poet has something to offer everyone. All this and a enticing range of gin, rums and brandies, plus rotating ales, draft beers, whiskies and wine to keep your taste buds tantalised for weeks. This is a bar of character, rustic charm and distinction that holds its regulars dear and newcomers captivated.

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Ryans Bar

Ryan’s Bar

Ryans Bar

A consistent and loyal local companion since 1991. The bar that originally set the bar on the West End circuit.

Iconic vaulted and painted ceilings, hammered silver bar top, flagstone floor and intimate wooden tables and booths have set the scene for over two decades in this special place. To compliment our well stocked bar, we serve food throughout the day including breakfast from 7am in our sun-trap coffee shop followed closely by traditional Scottish gastro pub lunch, tea and supper offerings that have been pleasing the public palette for generations. As well as a variety of cask ales, draft beers and specially selected wines, we have a range of premium spirits and soft offerings to meet all drinker-diner preferences.

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The Dome

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An Edinburgh institution since opening its doors in 1996, The Dome sits resplendent with its Graeco-Roman façade and Corinthian Portico in central George Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town welcoming local residents and those from across the world 362 days of the year. We are incredibly proud to be considered a first choice venue to meet family, friends and colleagues for Coffee, Cocktails, Tea, Lunch and Dinner in the magnificent and memorable surrounds of The Dome.
In addition to welcoming our regular guests and visitors, our elegant, sophisticated and versatile Conference Suites and Private Dining Facilities can accommodate a variety of events including Training Courses & Seminars, Corporate Dinners, Wedding Meals and Civil Partnership Celebrations.

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No. 1 Grange Road

No. 1 Grange Road

No. 1 Grange Road

Nestled in the Southside, close to The Meadows, No. 1 Grange Road is a classic Scottish pub with a modern twist. Funky and friendly, it’s ideal for whiling away the hours with a pint, a bite to eat and a browse through the newspapers or a chat at the large horseshoe bar.

The in-house cocktails are well worth a try, from creamy creations like the Chunky Monkey to old-school classics and a wide range of fresh-fruit-loaded inventions which must provide at least one of your “five a day”!

Popular with students (without being a “student pub”!), there’s regular live music, deals on cocktails, beers and food, and a popular pub quiz run every Sunday night. Expect a diverse range of loyal locals – always a good sign!

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56 North, Edinburgh

56 North

56 North, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s original gin bar with over 200 gins to enjoy. Cocktails, wines, spirits and craft beers complete the extensive drinks menu. If you are eating, BERTHA the real lumpwood charcoal oven cooks all our burgers, steaks and meats. We are open daily for food with brunch, lunch and dinner served.

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The Raeburn Hotel

The Raeburn

The Raeburn Hotel

The Raeburn is an exquisite boutique hotel, boasting ten bedrooms, bar, restaurant, Private Library, Private Dining, conference room and outside terraced area, the only one of its kind in Edinburgh.

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