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
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
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
This is one of the hundreds of Wetherspoon pubs in Britain that offer really cheap grog with farly good pub food that is moderatley priced.
The crowd is an eclectic mix of oldies and youngies there for a cheap good time in amazing surroundings.
The building used to house a bank and so the interior is truly grand so it is really ok just to go in and have a look to see some amazing desing.
This place is a must for travellers on a budget for a good night out and a decent cheap feed.
Dress Code Relaxed
Bar Kohl has what no other bar in Edinburgh has - an unrivalled selection of Vodka-based drinks. Whether you like shots (more flavours than one could imagine), milkshake, smoothies, cocktails, mixers and more, Bar Kohl can offer you something! They have every kind of flavour ever discovered! They also have beer and all the other drinks a bar should have....
Since a few years ago, they bought the neighbouring shop, knocked the wall through and converted it so it is more than a bar. At the back there is a massive dancefloor (which often fills) more often than not playing R'n'B...
It is definitely worth checking out. It is in the old town close to loads of other bars, cafes, restaurants,clubs and more
Dress Code No sports gear
This is where Edinburgh's 'Elite' mix - well at least at weekends. I used to go as a student during the week, it was great. Although it might be off-putting to some, to a tourist it will have a lot to offer. Not only is it bang in the city centre, there are plenty of other bars, cafes, nightclubs to go to nearby. The cocktails are amazing too. Make sure you have at least 25GBP to have a good time! Also, on weekends especially, before 10 there is no charge - it's normally 5 pounds after.
During the day it does food too, which I have been told is nice.
Dress Code Smart/Casual - no sports wear
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...
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
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.
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.
Dress Code Slightly smart
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.
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Dress Code Relaxed
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
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Dress Code Not sure but I think trainers and ripped jeans would be a bad idea.