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    Teuchter's Landing: cool!

    by iaint Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    The meeting place for my business networking group's 2013 festive outing. Excellent choice.

    A wide selection of good beers & whiskies. I suspect the wine list will be just as good. We didn't try the food, but I plan on going back to check it out.

    Being in the docks, it has a nautical theme. Wall decoration in the gents is a chart showing harbour entrances in north east Scotland. It even features one (Burghead) I've used myself.

    Well worth a visit.

    Oh, a teuchter is a Scot from the Highlands. Lowlanders use it pejoratively. Us teuchters are proud of it.

    UPDATE!
    Back for lunch on 3-1-14. Excellent pub type food. I had Cullen skink. OH had haggis stovies.

    Dress Code: Don't think so...

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    Halfway House: Edinburgh's smallest pub

    by mickeyboy07 Written Dec 14, 2012

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    Inside the Halfway House you will find a comfortable pub of remarkably small proportions.there are now very few free houses in the Old Town but this pub is one of them.The landlord is very chatty and friendly and always makes residents and visitors fell at home here.a great range of local and other Scottish ales as well as thirty to forty malt whiskies so theres something for everyone in the beverage department.The place does get quite busy both at night and during the day so seating is often limited.The pub is halfway(hence its name) up a steep climb of steps up a narrow alley.
    Opening times:Mon till sat:11.30-23.00,Sun:12.00-23.00

    Dress Code: Casual

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    The World's End: Traditional Scottish bar

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Dec 14, 2012

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    Something of an Edinburgh institution is on the must visit list of most visitors to the city.Situated on the corner of the Royal Mile and St.Mary's street in the Old Town.
    What you find is a low ceilinged pub which oozes character.Dark wood is everywhere including the rafters and the walls are either dark wood panelled or original stonework of the building.An attractive bar with a series of well kept ales and a fairly good food menu.
    Opening times:mon till Thu:11.00-00.00,Fri & Sat:11.00-01.00,Sun:12.30-00.00.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Sandy Bells: Live Music

    by solopes Updated Sep 2, 2012

    I tried, but couldn't find any folklore show while we were in Scotland. I love Scottish dances (I know some of them), and would like to see them danced in location, bu... no chance. The best that I got was the information that somewhere, there was a bar usually with live amateur music.

    I found it, and had a beer there. It is exactly like I was told - a small pub, where a couple of people gathered to have a drink and talk, some of them with fiddles to play together some music.

    Exactly like in my youth, when we met in "Pote" or "Alga" to play and listen to fado, sometimes with a couple of players/singers, sometimes with a dozen.

    The ambiance was simple, the music was played with soul... it was nice.

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    Sandy Bell's: Traditional Folk Music

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 27, 2012

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    This is a very small pub where they play live folk music seven nights a week. Usually four or five musicians gather in the back to jam.

    Admittedly I took this photo in the afternoon, not at night, but they were already playing music and drinking beer. I've been here several times, and there was always some kind of live music going on.

    And it was always VERY crowded, so don't go if you are claustrophobic.

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    Sportsters: Sports Bar

    by clivedinburgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a well run sports bar that shows all major events. Tables can be booked online and all have their own TV that you can select the event that you wish to see. The bar has several large screens and fast and effective barstaff.

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    Cabaret Voltaire: Eclectic Style

    by leok Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hidden away at the bottom of Blair Street this used to be the original venue for the Honeycomb and then Peppermint Lounge before metamorphosing into this, it's latest incarnation. Now an underground bunker of cool. Every night it offers something different from Afro-Brazilian live music to dub and bass jazz via the weekly excellent Monday night Spanish resident band 'Mi Suena Tu Cara' which attracts a large latin contingent. The venue is also attempting to boost the city's arts scene with theatre workshops, film screenings, acrobatics and exhibitions during the early evening. This is probably Edinburgh's most exciting venue at the moment. Check out the website for what's on on any given evening.

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    Edinburgh Arena: Gigs and mainstream music

    by leok Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    NB THE VENUE SEEMS TO HAVE SHUT DOWN. NOT SURE IF IT'S PERMANENT

    Dress Code: One of Edinburgh's newest clubs. Offers live music on weeknights and DJs playing chart and mainstream dance on Saturdays and Sundays. Packing in up to 2000 people the management hope to attract a young crowd looking for a fun night out. Likely to become a rival to the city's other 'mega-mainstream' venue 'Revolution'.

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    McCowans Brewery House: Micro B(r)ooze (retired)

    by leok Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the city's many chain bars this is only remarkable in that its one of the few bars in the Dalry area which has a bit of a buzz about it mid week. The attached micro brewery was the place's 'unique selling point' and gave it its name. However the owners shut it down a late 2003 after deciding it cost too much, so the beers are the standard selection you would expect to find and don't include anything out of the ordinary. However there is a fairly good selection of wines.
    Despite this the place still attracts a fairly young (20-30yr olds) group of locals who perhaps don't fancy the 15min walk into town.
    As part of the leisure complex it's also conveniently located if you want a quick pint whilst waiting for your film to start at the UGC or the Edinburgh Arena/Waikiki Lounge to get busy.
    I haven't used it yet but have been told that wifi is also available through provider 'The Cloud'.
    Certainly not worth going out of your way for, but if you are in the area and fancy a quick drink it's probably the best bet. Does serve food but the menu is the usual cheap and cheerful pub grub and not very inspiring.

    Dress Code: None

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    Tigerlily: not a Chinese resto

    by iaint Updated Dec 13, 2010

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    I did think it was a Chinese restaurant for a while. Then I listened up, and realised it's an upmarket food & drink joint.

    A whole bunch of us went there for cocktails after our Christmas lunch in Dec 10.

    Not as pricey as I expected - £4.45 for a pint of Estrella - but I stayed away from the cocktails.

    Here's where I have to be careful... At least 3 of my group had money problems at the bar, short changed or over charged, and not getting receipts. I bought at a different part of the bar, as it happens, and had no problems.

    I'll leave it at that.

    Apart from that, I wasn't impressed. Nothing special. I'm not a big "flash cocktail bar" person - once in a while for a special occasion. But I can think of 2 places I've been recently which I prefer in terms of atmosphere, clientele and staff.

    QUICK UPDATE!

    I was just reminded that it's a boutique hotel as well! Someone tried to send me there last week when I was stranded in EDI due to snow...

    Dress Code: Not sure. We arrived about 5, and it all seemed pretty relaxed. Maybe they get pickier later on.

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    The One Below: Flash

    by iaint Updated May 9, 2010

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    Another classy venue for my monthly social networking event for business owners...

    It's part of the Rutland Hotel - in the basement but entered by a side door.

    No draft beer, illuminated bar top, romantic seating booths. All very up-market

    It claims to be modeled on how they do things in New York...

    Dress Code: Not sure. We were a private party. I'd be surprised if they are not choosy about who they let in. Mature and well dressed, I'd guess.

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    Rick's: cool

    by iaint Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    The "complex" has a cool cocktail bar, restaurant and hotel.

    We just had a quick scoof and then went for dinner somewhere else.

    Well dressed crowd, friendly service...

    UPDATE

    Had an informal business meeting there this week. Good for that. Quiet at 5.15 - comfortable seating.

    Dress Code: Not sure. No-one was on the door when I arrived (7.30 on a Saturday night). I was wearing jacket, jeans & shoes.

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    Murrayfield Hotel: for rugby fans...

    by iaint Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    This place is across the street from the international rugby stadium at Murrayfield. The nearest place for a drink before or after the game...

    Unfortunately, it is so busy on international days that you'd be quicker going to the moon than getting to the bar.

    I'm in there occasionally because my son plays ice hockey at the Murrayfield Ice Arena, next door to the rugby bit. Dive over there when hypothermia becomes a threat.

    Avoid Thursdays - quiz night - urgh... "What was the last song written by Rogers & Hammerstein?" Who cares...

    Does food, and seems popular. Must try sometime.

    UPDATE

    Finally tried the food last night (20-4-10). Normal pub type stuff - haggis, neeps & tatties for me and steak/ale pie for my brother - nothing wrong with it but not exciting either.

    Dress Code: None that I know of...

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    Hotel du Vin: Stylish

    by iaint Updated Apr 10, 2010

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    Had networking after work drinks in this plush hotel. We had the whisky bar to ourselves.

    The hotel is built around a courtyard, in the university area.

    Very cool place. They only have one draft beer - not so cool. But it's Harviestoun Brewery's Bitter & Twisted. Good stuff. £3.75 a time, so not cheap.

    Dress Code: No sign of one. It's a "smart" place, but we were there between 6 and 9, so maybe later?

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    The Raconteur: cocktails...

    by iaint Updated Mar 13, 2010

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    The latest venue for one of my networking groups - this one is part social part business. Meets once a month after work on Friday. Venue has to be expensive & "cool".

    Raconteur fits the bill, but not too expensive for Amstel. It's out of the way, and not plagued by the usual after work drunken crew, so a good choice.

    Plenty fancy cocktails for anyone planning serious liver/wallet damage...

    Dress Code: No, but smart casual is about right if you want to fit in...

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