Pear Tree House, aka The Peartree

Pear Tree House

Pear Tree House, aka The Peartree

Pear Tree House, home and office to the man who brought the world blended whisky. Once a home, always a home to patrons and new-comers alike.

Boasting a sizeable, walled, sun-trap beer garden adorned with fresh flower boxes and presided over by the beautiful leafy old lady pear tree herself, this really is the beer garden to champion all others. Serviced by an intimate traditional bar with an open fire (for those colder days), PearTree House has a long established reputation and a loyal following as a friendly and superb drinking hole outside and in. Combine this with live music, live sports, a fully stocked bar including draft and bottled beers and ciders, real ales, whisky, wines and premium spirits served to you by our charismatic landlord and his team- we are pretty confident you’ll be back for more. Come rain or shine, this iconic pub certainly hits the spot.

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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

LED Room

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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The Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal

A homage to stage and screen royalty past and present, the traditional Theatre Royal Bar and gastro pub is more than your average pre theatre haunt…

This flamboyant beauty speaks volumes from the second you cast your eyes on it. Admired and revered for its spectacular façade of ornately painted theatre jesters flanked by cascades of trailing flowers located in the heart of Edinburgh Theatre-land, the Theatre Royal Bar with food is one not to be missed. This statement frontage leads inside to a beautifully apportioned central mahogany bar, walls bedecked with signed theatre memorabilia from present day and a bygone era, a crackling open fire(for those colder days), a range of seating options to suit all customer needs and an enticing food and drink offering we’re sure you’ll enjoy. With a foodie focus on traditional Scottish gastro cuisine paired with a delicious range of beverages including craft beers, cask ales, wines, whiskies and premium spirits, you would be hard pushed to find a better or more welcoming drinking/dining establishment.

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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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Andrew Usher & Co

Andrew Usher & Co

Andrew Usher & Co

Where blended whisky was born. A Bar, a Mirco Brewery, a Gastro Pub and a visitor blending experience all brewing under the one roof. We dine. We blend. They brew.

Some say it’s the heady smell of hops that keeps them coming back to their beer heaven and blended whisky Mecca subterranean bar with on-site brewery?! We think its probably the proper beer, proper food and rustic charm of wood on wood, mismatch furniture and the homely feeling of being a native almost immediately. Do not be lulled into thinking this is a man-cave, they have a superior range of spirits, wines, cocktail and soft options for those ladies or gentlemen not tempted by Andrew Usher & Co House Brews or Bended Whisky tipples. All this and a delicious food menu to compliment those hoppy notes including gourmet hotdogs, burgers, superfood salads, nachos, their signature Mac n Cheese and a range of home-made puddings to make every visit as sweet as the last. ‘Andrew Usher & Co – re-crafting history’: come and see for yourself…

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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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The Raj Restaurant

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Following a successful 30 years in Leith, The Raj has relocated to Blackhall, Edinburgh.  At The Raj you can expect extra ordinary tastes and flavours usually found in the palaces and high-homes of India and Bangladesh. The skilled chefs bring the cultures that have come together in Bombay — the Goans, Bengalis, Gujerafis, Mughals and Portuguese — for you now to relish in Edinburgh.

Raj has long been a thriving, cosmopolitan and multicultural city with its cuisine bringing together many different culinary influences in exotic harmony. Regional recipes were shared; new dishes were created; and gradually a unique cuisine emerged— which is now synonymous with India’s financial, entertainment and culinary capital.

Back in 1986, the Raj restaurant was created around the idea of bringing the cuisine of this great city to Edinburgh. Today, The Raj’s menus reflect this ongoing exploration featuring the freshest seafood, chicken, and lamb, as well as plenty to please vegetarian palates. Their menus feature a wide variety of cooking techniques, from slow cooked curries to grills and kebabs as well as tandooris from the clay oven.

Their wine list reflects a carefully considered selection of new and old world wines, specially chosen to complement their cuisine, with their sommelier on—hand to provide expert advice. If wine is not your thing, they have a wide range of Indian and artisan beers, whiskies and other exotic spirits, ensuring a perfect partnership for every guest’s palate.img_2767-e1469638664995 img_2768-e1469638717489

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