George Street, Edinburgh

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    Grape: Wine anyone?

    by clivedinburgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Stylish bar on corner of St Andrews Sq/George St that has a stunning world map of the wine growing areas painted on the ceiling. The food is good and the wine is so valued that it's in a vault in the basement.

    Dress Code: Smart casual

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    Po Na Na: Souk up the atmosphere

    by clivedinburgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    How comes stairs are always easier early on?

    Part of a chain of nightclubs and this one comes recommended.
    Decor is arabic based and Saturday nights are always good in here with a cheese hating DJs. Lots of small alcoves that you can grab for your party if you are early enough.
    There is a main bar & cloakroom on entry with an occasional bar beside the DJ booth through the back. Free entry before 10pm and members only after 12pm.
    The only downside is the toilets are only accessed via the packed dancefloor.

    Dress Code: Casual

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  • George Street: Miscellaneous

    by Manyana Written Sep 24, 2007

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    i've walked around this area, and haven't really had a night out there.

    this street is surrounded by quiet areas, close to the Princes Street (for shopping), and many restaurants. it's got a few pubs and clubs and yet can be quiet, though clubs may operate until 5:00 in the morning.

    Dress Code: just casual and bring yourself and your company;^)

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    George Street: Out on the town - high heels?

    by Edinburghlottie Written Sep 17, 2007

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    George street is where all the financial types and rich students (yahs) play. It is more expensive / less touristy than the cowgate. nights change all of the time. From East (ST. Andrews Square) to West (Charlotte Square) along George Street the key ones are as follows:

    Why Not? (under The Dome) - traditional establishment. Friday night seems to have become student night lately with cheaper entry and cheesier music. You may feel a little out of place if over 22, not rich and blonde. Sat night is more the city crowd - but sometimes feels a bit like bosses and secretaries and expensive (approx £8 in and £4 a drnk).

    Tokyo / Shanghai (under le Monde) - Slightly claustrophobic basement club . Tends to attract the 20s crowd. Better bet than many other on a Saturday but still reasonably dear (£6-£8 in).

    Garibaldis (off george st -Hanover st) - bizzare Mexican restuarant with small flashing dance floor you will either love or hate. cheap to get in - £0 - £5 (usually free pre midnight) serves ample drinks so you are getting more for your money. Plays good mix of old and new music and has a pole. however cramped and popular with the posh student crowd.

    Opal Lounge (George st) - original place to be seen that people can find posey. Can go for drinks and sandwiches during the day. Popular with city boys and girls.

    Po na nas (Frederick Street) - traditional spot of those looking to dance and kiss. Good fun - ainteresting hidden booths in cellar venue. hit and miss on the music and not that cheap unless you are VIP. Register with the website in advance for guest list to skip the queue.

    Lulus (under Tiger Lily) - favourite of wealthy posh - lots of theme nights during the week. quite strict on the dress code. Tiger Lily's (above) does fantastic cocktails.

    Dress Code: Most places on George Street require you to dress up a bit - particularly if you are a guy. Be warned big groups of people (e.g. stag and hen nights) might have difficulty getting in. Further if you are group of men you might get turned away for being too many guys.

    Shoes are a must on guys - I have historically never been turned away for wearing trainers (sneakers) as a girl but the tide seems to be changing. Id'ing is getting more common - particularly at Why Not on a Friday when they seem to id EVERYONE (my lil sis is 26 and got turned away cos it is policy). Jeans are okay as long as smart. Some girls really dress up for Why NOt / Luls (e.g. hot pants etc).

    Exception is garibaldis where they will let you in however you are dressed!

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    Le Monde: A french paper?

    by clivedinburgh Updated May 12, 2007
    ah oui.....Le Monde
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    Le Monde is a huge new multiroom venue that has upped the ante on George St. The staff are very attentive without being overbearing and the place has quality stamped throughout.

    The concept of the venue is to have several themed bars from around the world, Milan is a breakfast bar at the entrance then you can move through to Vienna bar & brasserie. Head up the glass staircase (beside the huge glass East wall) to the Paris cocktail bar. Shanghai is the basement nightclub (was originally called Tokyo).

    The rest of the building holds an 5* hotel with 18 city themed suites.

    Dress Code: Smart with a snooty aire

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  • George IV Bridge: A night out with Frankenstein

    by Rezonance Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    The Frankenstein chain of restaurants/bars (also in Aberdeen and Glasgow) have a great atmosphere. Spread over 3 floors (with a bar on each floor) the place resembles Frankenstein's laboratory and the inside looks like a church, which it once was. Food is served here all day and it attracts a young and lively crowd. There's also a dancefloor and live music with events taking place all year round.

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    Tempus at the George Hotel: The auld King

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    The George Hotel has undergone a multi million pound makeover and it now back to its regal best.

    Tempus is the new bar which can be accessed directly from George Street through a revolving door (this is folded back in the evenings). Once inside there is a long marble topped bar with a raised seating area. Plenty of semi circular booths to mull the night away, the place has a french feel to it with the large chandelier and the many mirrors.

    Dress Code: Smart casual

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    Tiglerlily: Geldof's naughty daughter

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Plush bar that takes the whole of the ground floor of this new hotel. There is a small bar at the front with a rather odd wall made up of mirrorball squares. Charge on through to the rear where the venue opens out with a large bar and lots of seating.

    There is also the Lulu nightclub in the basement. Low ceilings, 70's underlit dancefloor and waiter service make this a great venue. When queueing to get in on a recent rainy night the doorstaff handed out large umbrellas which gets big marks in my book. Free entry before 11pm.

    The hotel is owned by Montpeliers, now in their 15th year, they also own Candy Bar, Opal Lounge, Indigo Yard, Assembly & Rick's. Not a bad stable, eh?

    Dress Code: Smart casual

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    Centotre: Italian centre

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jul 3, 2006

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    Elegant bar on George St that has an Italian Bar at the front then a large dining area behind the island bar. There is a smaller bar in the basement that can be good for getting away from the crowds.

    Dress Code: Smart casual

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    All Bar One: Nearly everyone

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jul 3, 2006

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    opposite the Royal Society

    Large converted bank type of bar that does a great tapas option (choose 3 for £10). The huge windows means this is always full of natural light, a rarity in Edinburgh. There are a couple of smaller rooms at the front before the main bar area. Waited tables are quickly snapped up so get on your marks.

    Dress Code: Samrt casual

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    Bar 38: Original style bar on the St

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jul 1, 2006

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    Bar 38

    Large bar that is busiest on weekends but gets the after work crowd during the week. Some seating around the edges but usually standing room only. The communual wash basins have probably spawned many a romance.

    Dress Code: Quite smart, no trainers/sportswear

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    Grand Cru: Favourite hangout

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jul 1, 2006

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    Grand Cru

    This is the place I like to hang out and read a paper, grab a snack and generally chill out on a lazy afternoon. However it's a vibrant hangout when the office drones start appearing come evening when it really livens up.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    The Living Room: Some front room

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jul 1, 2006

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    New sction of the Living Room

    This has been extended sideways recently but still has a bar area towards the front with a popular large restaurant further back. Bar staff are always friendly and the place attracts a slightly older crowd.

    Dress Code: Smart casual

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    The Jam House: One for the oldies

    by clivedinburgh Written Feb 19, 2006

    We went here on a Saturday, there is free entry before 10pm. Once inside there is a bar and cloakroom that always seem busy. Moving through the venue then opens out into the main hall that has plenty of seating in front of the stage and a bar off to the right. There is also a balcony area but never made it that far.

    Being a group in our thirties we thought we'd enjoy this place but it really felt like a wedding reception that you knew none of the guests in. The house band were on and although their quality was OK having a male singer cover a Blondie number left me feeling very confused. Got the hell out after a couple of drinks.

    Not my venue of choice but could be one for you.

    Dress Code: Smart casual

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    Queens Arms: Great for those cold winter nights

    by clivedinburgh Written Dec 9, 2005

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    The Queens Arms is a good place to dive into whilst shopping to re-charge the batteries. Open fires, big central bar with plenty of drinks to choose from. Used to watch football in here when caught uptown.

    Dress Code: Casual

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