EDINBURGH Christmas Pub Guide
Alan Morrison tours some of the pubs where you can be sure of a warm welcome this Festive season.
"Was that with or without an umbrella, sir?"
THE WORLD'S END BAR 4 High Street, Edinburgh
where we understand our customers
THE LAST DROP 74 GRASSMARKET 031-225 4851
"The Inn Place to Hang Out"
I Black Bo’s 57/61 Blackfriars Street, 557 6136. When the tartan tack ofthe High Street and the late-night bustle of the Cowgate becomes too much to bear, you can be sure that sanity always prevails at Black Bo‘s. Small and friendly, with a perfect balance of beers of the tap and bottled varieties. The adjacent restaurant is 100 per cent vegetarian, with no Christmas compromises — ie, don’t expect veggie turkey, just decent veggie grub in its own right — which means that Black Bo’s also provides some of the best bar lunches in town. I Olly Cafe 19 Blair Street, 220 0125. The one thing you can be sure of, as Edinburgh fashions come and go, is that the City Cafe will always act like a magnet for the capital‘s stylish set.
The engaging blend of Art Deco and American black and chrome designs remains ever popular and. as well as being the night-time meeting place of the seriously trendy, it‘s worth checking out during the day for a bistro-style snack. a cappuccino or a much-recommended hot chocolate.
~ The new basement bar City 2 will be
open in time for the festive period, providing the perfect complement in terms of atmosphere and design to the upstairs space.
I The Last Drop 74 Grassmarket, 225 4851. What would the Grassmarket be without pubs of the calibre of The Last Drop? So-named because it overlooks the site of many a public hanging, this big and busy bar can be bursting to the seams at weekends,
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so be sure to get along early. It also knows how to handle a fairly nifty pub lunch. with a good selection of student specials. An Edinburgh drinking experience you‘ll want to sample again and again.
I The World's End 4 High Street. 556 3628. You don‘t have to walk to the ends of the earth to find a good. sturdy pub with an excellent selection of beer and spirits, just to the edge of the former Old Town. Good value, tasty pub lunches. a cracking juke box, a testing video quiz machine and staff that can cheer up the drizzliest Edinburgh evening — in other words, everything that your throat and stomach could ask for, all under one roof.
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98 The List 18 December 1992 — 14 January 1993