George Street, Edinburgh

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    The Living Room: Smart drinks

    by leok Written Dec 30, 2003

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    Doesn't look much from the outside but this is currently one of the trendiest spots in the city. Somehow manages to be both very popular and busy but never takes more than a couple of minutes to be served at the bar. Often live piano music in the week and DJ at the weekend. Perhaps better for the 26+ yrs crowd but generally popular with everyone as a pre club bar. Open fairly late. Restaurant also looks good.

    For more details go to

    http://www.thelivingroom.co.uk/

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    Candy Bar: Sweet

    by leok Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    An offshoot of its Glasgow sister-bar Edinburgh's candy bar serves up cocktails and a good food menu which includes Asian and tapas dishes.

    On a Friday and Saturday night this is where the trendy cute 20/early 30yr olds meet to flirt or just strut their stuff before going onto a club. The music can be pretty funky til the early hours when the dj will slip on some more chart friendly tracks and maybe the odd Elvis/Don Maclean number.

    A nice hang out before moving on, though be warned it can get a bit hot and busy at times.

    (Must admit this is one of my faves at the moment)

    Dress Code: No strict code though bouncers will turn you away if you look too scruffy. You might want to dress to impress though...

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    The Dome: George Street's first style bar

    by leok Written Dec 30, 2003

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    The Grill room holds this bar's highlight - the ceiling, which gave the place it's name. It also has a large impressive looking well stocked bar in the centre of the room. The venue used to be a bank and looks like it's had a fortune spent on it. It also has a another bar in the building. Popular with the 30+ crowd in the evenings. A good place to go with te folks for sunday lunch. Next door is club whynot which was OK when I went many years ago but didn't make me want to rush back.

    http://www.thedomeedinburgh.com/

    Dress Code: Slightly smart

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    The Opal Lounge: Cocktails and music

    by leok Updated Dec 30, 2003

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    Not cheap but popular with the trendy set. This is where MTV held their after-party party in 2003. The dancefloor isn't huge and the music hardly cutting edge but it is a great place to have fun. The cocktails are superb with the staff able to offer far more than what is on the fairly extensive menu.
    Just don't get there too late if you want to avoid queuing for more than half an hour.

    Also free to get into in the daytime when you it operates as a bar/restaurant

    For more info check out:
    http://www.opallounge.co.uk/

    Dress Code: Not sure but I think trainers and ripped jeans would be a bad idea.

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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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    Tiglerlily: Geldof's naughty daughter

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Staff girly caught in the headlights

    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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    Po Na Na: Low Down

    by leok Written Dec 30, 2003

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    This has been around for years but still draws a crowd - especially at weekends. The underground bar and small dancefloor has seen better times but after a few drinks no-one seems to care. The music - a mix of funk, chart and 80s/90s favourites keeps things friendly and sweaty til 3am when it closes.

    For more go to:
    http://www.ponana.co.uk/main.php?intro=no

    Dress Code: Relaxed

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Tempus at the George Hotel: The auld King

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Grand entrance
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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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    The Dome: The most beautiful bar in the world?!

    by Weener Written Apr 12, 2004

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    Huge building with high glass dome in the middle of the bar, and marble columns. Enter by rotating doors, it feels like you shouldnt be allowed in without being on a VVVIP guestlist or similar! But, fear not, its not quite as snobbish as first impression might think, its actually very down to earth (you'd never find that in London!) and prices are not quite as ridiculous as you might think. I could easily stay all night drinking in here and admiring the scenery, there is so many more places to see in Edinburgh, but its hard to drag yourself away!

    Dress Code: Pretty smart, but I did see people with trainers (runners) in there.

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    Opal Lounge: Be cool in Edinburgh

    by Weener Written Apr 12, 2004

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    Cool downstairs bar in George Street.

    Dark and retro, very cool music, and fantastic cocktails.

    Liked it here and would highly recommend a visit.

    Dress Code: Smart, no 'wings' if you are on a hen night!! I saw a girl get told to take off her 'wings' before entering, Quite funny i thought seeing her face as she carried her wings in her hands walking down into the bar

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