RESTAURANTS IN EDINBURGH
Michael’s Steak and Seafood restaurant
Based on Jeffrey Street, near the centre of Edinburgh is Michael’s Steak and Seafood restaurant. As the name suggests, it focuses on steak and seafood but also has vegetarian options.
The restaurant has a relaxed feel and the service was warm and friendly. We had the haggis bon bons and scallops to start and the sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce for main – both tasty. We managed to grab a deal off Groupon but normal price for 2 courses plus drinks for 2 people would be around £70.
Lovely tapas restaurant right near many bars and clubs in Edinburgh. Authentic feel, good service and reasonably priced. 7 tapas with drinks was around £50.
If you are around Morningside area or The Meadows, visit Henricks Bar and Bistro. I had a full english breakfast there (obviously with haggis) for £7 and it was brilliant.
Indigo Yard Edinburgh
Located in Edinburgh’s West End, Indigo Yard is a modern and cute restaurant with a courtyard. You can get yourself 2 main dishes for £10 at lunch time (we had the burger and the pulled pork flatbread) and you can even get 2 courses for £10 for dinner – absolute bargain!
BARS AND CLUBS IN EDINBURGH
There is no shortage of good bars in Edinburgh so it is more a question of deciding which ones to go to. I set out below some of my favourites:
Panda and Sons
No shortage of them in East London but harder to find in Edinburgh, Panda and Sons is a modern day speakeasy. On Queen Street, it looks like a barbershop from the outside with props to match. Down you go on the carpeted stairs, you enter Panda and Sons through a bookcase.
Venue is actually quite spacious – we had booked in advance as it was a Saturday evening but they do allow walk ins. Cocktails were reasonably priced at around £9 with some free popcorn for good measure. Suprisingly no service charge even though we were given table serbice. Mixture of sofas and old school reclining barber chairs.
This boutique 4 star hotel has a beautiful bar that the public can visit. Lovely surroundings and an extensive cocktail menu, Tiger Lily is one of the more high market bars in Edinburgh. Saying that, the cocktails are still reasonably priced at around £10-11 a pop.
Traditional Scottish bar and restaurant with a more gastropub feel, live bands and the occasional cellidhi.
Always busy, Ghillie Dhu is a great way to start the night off and get in the mood.
99 Hanover Street
Another great cocktail bar on (believe or not) Hanover Street. Nice interior with a chilled and slightly more grown up atmosphere (mid20s-30s).
Lovely restaurant on Thistle Street with a bar offering a wide range of wines and cocktails. Again a more chilled atmosphere for a slightly older crowd.
If you are around the Grassmarket area, pop into Dragonfly, a cosy cocktail bar with a chilled atmosphere in the week and DJs playing at the weekend.
Fingers Piano Bar on Fredrick Street is known for the bar everyone goes to at 1/2am if they still want to stay out, be with other drunk people, listen to live music and dance and sing along. Be prepared to be crowded and sweaty but it is pretty good fun.
On George Street under Tiger Lily (see bar tab) lies Lulu, a decent space for dancing. Crowd was mid – late 20s and it was £5 entry after 10pm. Music was general commercial.
With live music, gigs and club nights, Cabaret Voltaire, is situated near Cowgate. Attracts a slightly younger crowd but decent underground club with excellent sound system.
Lola Lo is on Fredrick Street and is a cool tiki bar with funky looking cocktails in different shapes and sizes. Decent crowd and music (commercial, rnb) – had a great night.
Slightly more pretentious club (so a little more expensive!) and smaller than others but still good night with lots of dancing.