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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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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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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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