Five bars . . .

i that make great margaritas

The Basement

One of the institutions down Broughton Street, with lots of cocktails getting the hip and friendly crowd even more, well, friendly. Their use of tequila is outstanding. 70a—72a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, 557 0097.

Tex Mex

This very busy restaurant is happy for

I folk to wander in, grab a booth and

sample their fantastic icy concoctions. Purists might frown at their slushy cocktails, but they are truly the business. 47 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, 225 1796.

The Basement

10a-12a Broughton Street.

557 0097.

Restaurant quality food at

pub-grub prices, served 'til

10pm in lively, colourful


; Bisi

15 Charlotte Lane,

Edinburgh 225 6060 Open 7 days a week for

pasta parties. Bookings taken for parties of six or more. (Next door to Indigo yard).

Filmhouse 88 Lothian Roadfi


Relaxed, FILMHOUSE atmospheric

cafe’ bar, serving great value snacks, salads, specials and brilliant cappuccinos 10am till late.

5 gfinmw Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm. Excellent

vegetarian coffee house


7 Grassmarket (with shop). 229 7884.

serving really tasty food.

116 THE lI3T 7-21 Oct 1999


342 4966.

. Pizzas, Pastas,Salads, L Sandwiches, Snacks.

Hello tasty: Nice 'n' Sleazy


Adjoining the Tex Mex restaurant, this

funky bar offers great value pitchers of flavoured margaritas and excellent service. Always busy. 798—200 Bath Street, Glasgow, 332 8338.

Nice 'n' Sleazy

One of Glasgow’s most hallowed indie venues, down and dirty but great for cocktails. 427 Sauchieha/l Street, Glasgow, 333 0900.

Groucho St Judes

The margaritas are done properly at this ultra-chic, ultra modern bar. Be warned, the perilously high bar stools should not be underestimated when you are drinking seriously here. 790 Bath Street, Glasgow, 352 8800.

240 Canongate.

557 4416.

Mexican-born owner

Mayra Nunez says 'If you're going to eat Mexican, then don't be bland.’ Lunch until 5pm, dinner until 11pm.

Passepartout g .,.-

24 Deanhaugh Street, LMD Stockbridge.

332 4476. Cosmopolitan cuisine with daily set price dinner menus from

£12.50 (booking advisable), light lunches, coffees, beers and wines.

Art Lover's Café Bellahouston Park. 353 4779 Fine Food and wine in stylish

parkland setting. Open 7 days

and most evenings. Brel bar : restaurant

39 Ashton Lane.

Belgian beers

(draft Leffe and Hoegaarden);

fine wines; rustic food; cool music;

relaxed atmosphere. Caffe Latte

58 Virginia Street, (037 79 3 Glasgow, 553 2553. Cale c


Licensed until midnight,

seven days. Relaxed, friendly 3 atmosphere.


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Tron Bar and Restaurant

Spit or swallow

It’s all in the best possible taste.

Gone are the days when all you're faced with down your local offie is lager and heavy. Beers are getting exciting again, and real ales are making a comeback. It used to be the case that in order to drink any, you’d have to take your beard and sweater and head down to one particular hostelry, where you’d blend in with Similarly-attired Today, so-called micro

breweries are producing very exciting beers for the home market. It can - sometimes be a bit touch and go, but you’re Guaranteed to find some little scmtillate your

gems that will


Grozet (Scotland, £1.59) The first is an ale whose origins stem from the 16th century. This brewery is striving to bring back ancient Scottish styles like their more famous Fraoch. It’s a light ale, subtly flavoured with gooseberries. Before you wrinkle your nose, it’s very pleasant; light and refreshing with just a trace of fruit.

Liberty Ale (San Francisco, £1.39) For an American ale, it sure doesn’t taste like it. It’s in the style of a pale ale, but with fresh, citrus notes and a stunningly complex breadth of flavours - dry, hoppy with hints of orange peel. A cracker.

Hobgoblin (England, £1.69) This is a

dark, heavily malted ale that has

aromas not unlike dark coffee. On the

palate there’s a slightly burnt, roasted aftertaste, but on the finish it’s lighter

than you’re led to believe. Surprisineg . medium-bodied with a very long, pleasant finish. And the guy on the

label looks like he’s had too much of it. Hallowe'en drinking perhaps?

(Gordon Haggarty)

I All beers available from Oddbi'ns.

Cafe Serghei

67 Bridge Street,

Glasgow, GS 9lB

429 1547

Authentic Greek cuisine. Lunch, pre-theatre set-dinners. Greek night

every Friday. Expect to be impressed.


158a Bath Street.

331 2257. 0 Much acclaimed

stylish bar a unique

blend of modern

brasserie cooking in an

intimate setting.

The 13th Note

King Street.

553 1638.

Bar/cafe/venue with a totally vegan menu ofwholesome food within a

relaxed atmosphere.

The Ubiquitous Chip

12 Ashton Lane. . . _ 334 5007. Ubiwl‘l’f .(l‘éP One of Glasgow's finest restaurants serving modern Scottish fayre.

. Chisholm St. ; 552 8587 . ~ Contemporary T R O N 2‘ European "

style bar and newly-

: refurbished restaurant,

1 serving excellent cuisine

and wine in comfortable, é relaxed surroundings. Open till midnight.


' "A‘ 'THE FOOD LAN ATKlN' SANDWICH DELI & COFFEE BAR 274 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Tel 8c Fax: 0131 557 9583 Mon - Fri 7.30am 4.30pm Over 20 years creative catering

experience for your lunch, business or pleasure.


Le Sept

7 Old Fishmarket Close Edinburgh Lunch and Dinner Monday to Thursday.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday open all day


013 1 225 5428