THE GILDED BALLOON, Cowgate, Edinburgh. Forget cltches, abandon preeonceptrons and try antl rmagtne a perfectly sennced space that has everythtng that's best about a bar, cafe and brasserre and yet manages to create a untgue fusron of us own. Seunds tmposstble, sounds expensrve? You'd be wrong on both counts. thh coffee and crotssants all day, a menu that tncludes crepes, burgers, vegetartan dtshes; a wrde selectton of drtnks tncludtng CaStle Eden Ale and Stella Artors, not to mentron space, art, a fountarn and flagstones, and It's gone clear that lee Grlded Balloon lS hellbent on subvertmg conventronal attrtudes. Salvatron lS at hand. Prepare ye for the nen age.
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THE LIQUOR SHACK, Hope Street, Glasgow. The newly opened quuor Shack IS one of those rare bars whtch defy berng ptgeonholed and caters for an rncredtbly Wtde range of cltentele. The result rs an extra- ordtnarrly relaxed bar - whrch under the efftcrent management of Joyce Woodrow provrdes extremely good servrce. As an extra tncentrve The Lrguor Shack rs currently offerrng meals for two ntth coffee and a boule of tttne for only £8 — and what's more, thts remarkable offer tsn't ltlSl reSIrICIed to lunc'nttme but ts avatlable all day up unttl 8 pm. So If you're looktng for comfort, convrvralrty and a long, cool glass of Stella Artors The Ltguor Shack has everytlttng you'll ever need.
BUSTER BROWN'S, Market Street, Edinburgh. Srnce l979 BUSter Brown's has managed to stay well ahead of the pack of drscos m Edrnburgh by keeptng a ltnger ftrmly on the pulse of what makes a good ntght great. The newly refurbrshed Buster's IS the same as rt ever was, but a whole lot better. Better Irghts, better sounds, better decor. DJ Ronnre McKeown rs a master of hrs craft and rnstmcuvely knows how to set the floor on ltre. thh an rmpresswe selectron of dunks, the b831 mternatronal beers mcludrng the mtgltty Stella Artors, BUSIer Brown's wdt be lost and foremost for the lorseeable future. Get hrp to that top and bop ull you drop.