13 Aug Edinburgh Festival and Fringe
Where to eat, drink and spend a penny
The Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe which run through August are actually two separate events but both are offering the world at large a cornucopia of arts from the best in the world to those just starting out and looking for some exposure.
What it does do is bring people from all over the globe in their tens of thousands to the capital city for a month of eating, drinking, viewing and fun. Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs are all in full flow right now and the last thing they need to worry about “Are there enough washroom supplies?” We look after quite a few of the top venues in Edinburgh so you can be sure when you need to spend a penny the washrooms will be well-stocked. We’re not going to pretend that it’s a breeze supplying city-centre venues during this extremely busy period but with good forward planning all our venues are fully stocked.
So, may we recommend some great places to eat, drink and be merry during August in Edinburgh and places where you can spend a penny in comfort?
If you are arriving in Edinburgh by train to Waverley Station when you exit onto Princes Street you will immediately be met by the Festival Village Pop Up at Waverley Mall. We’re looking after two pop up bars here – @TheButcherBoyGrill and @casksmugglers. The Butchers Boy Grill tag line is “Meat & Beer”. So guess what, it’s the place to go for a juicy burger and quenching beer before starting your festival odyssey. If it’s a cocktail that takes your fancy though, The Cask Smugglers on the same site has a range of tempting blends to satisfy any taste.
But what if you alighted your train earlier at Haymarket? Then stop off at Malones Irish Bar on Morrison Street @MalonesEdinburgh. With a packed gantry of Irish Whiskies and much more, live music and sport, it’s a true taste of a busy city centre venue popular with locals as well as visitors.
While you are on Morrison Street you might want to walk up the street towards the Usher Hall and pop into Shebeen for a taste of South Africa. With its easy-going atmosphere and serving only the finest cuts of local meat, this is a great place for pre or post-theatre dinner.
No visit to the Fringe and Festival would be complete without a walk on The Royal Mile. Packed with street performers, stalls and general gaiety no matter the weather, The Royal Mile and surrounding streets are positively buzzing at this time of year. Great stop-offs are @ApartmentRestaurant popup on the Canongate and @Bubbaqedinburgh, an American style restaurant serving BBQ style grub at 209 High Street. And don’t forget, the washrooms in both venues will be well-stocked. Look out for our labels.
George Street with the Assembly Rooms is another popular destination and we’ve two outstanding venues here. @gusto.edinburgh at 135 George Street is popular all year round serving Italian style menus. Maybe book ahead here. And if it is something completely different you are looking for and there’s not enough entertainment for you, make your own at Supercube Karaoke venue. You and friends can sing the night away and when it all gets too much, take a break in one of their well-stocked washrooms!!!!
Back along one of Edinburgh most famous ‘drinking’ thoroughfares, Rose Street, you will come to Scotts of Rose Street. One of Edinburgh’s oldest pubs and certainly the oldest on Rose Street. This venue is always busy and why not, when serving great ales and a huge selection of wines and spirits too. Gents! When you visit the washrooms you can practise your scoring skills with the urinal goals!!!!!
An Indian meal is always a popular choice and Dishoom on St Andrews Square offers one of the best experiences. Bang slap in the centre of Edinburgh, close to both the Bus Station and Rail Station this is an ideal stop-off during festival time. @dishoomedinburgh is based on South Indian heritage and is open for breakfast till midnight and the extensive menu has something for everyone
We can’t offer you a roundup Edinburgh eateries and refreshment spots without mentioning @TheBarologistEdinburgh in Leith. It’s a fun venue serving food and drinks with live music and a very quirky background. Even the website is quirky! Take a peek
To finish off our Edinburgh centre travels, we are going somewhere where no website exists; no social media tarnishes its doors, only a literary heritage instantly recognised by lovers of crime fiction – The Oxford Bar on Young Street. Not much chance of finding Rebus propping up the bar whilst pondering the underbelly of Edinburgh but you will be able to soak up the atmosphere and when you need to spend a penny, know it will be well-stocked!
Enjoy your trip to Edinburgh and if you spend a penny in any of our venues, do let us know.