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 Selected Comments in Old Town

Ruby Abram
 Contact info
Please could you let me have a correct telephone number or email address for Hebrides Pub Edinburgh as numbers stated not recognisable
Thursday, August 25, 2016Rating: No rosettes

Jude
 Rude staff on night out
While out listening to music in a Grassmarket bar last night, I ran into the staff of Dropkick Murphys on a staff night out. One man, who I was told was the bar owner, tried to get me to dance, and when I wasn't interested, attempted to forcibly pull me up. Then, apparently unable to understand that I didn't want him anywhere near me, he continued to harass us, putting his feet up on our table and sticking his finger in my ear. Meanwhile, one of the other Dropkicks staff was hassling the musician, licking him and sticking his tongue in his ear despite repeated requests to stop – had the singer been female, this would certainly have been seen as sexual assault. In the end, we had to request that this guy be removed from the bar.
To their credit, most of the staff were just drunk and having fun, and several did apologise on behalf of their less pleasant colleagues. Nonetheless, while none of this happened in Dropkick Murphys itself, I'm certainly not going to return to a bar where the owner harasses and manhandles women and allows his staff to intimidate and inappropriately touch staff in another bar.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015Rating: No rosettes

Malcolm Baird
 Closed!
This bar has been closed for several years.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014Rating: No rosettes

Spud
 Disgraceful
Bars members of our military in Full Dress Uniform, but happily spends its profits that it makes while being defended by these same men and women. Lock on toilets is surreal. You spend over £3 for a pint but have to ask to spend a penny ? However, pub is a good navigational aid to head off to 'The Wash which is a decent pub with nice friendly approachable staff
Tuesday, May 21, 2013Rating: No rosettes

JeansB
 
We had a fantastic time and meal here. The staff were just so friendly the banter was great. Well done to the the two lassies who were run off their feet but smiled all the time especially the one from Aberdeen via America!!
Tuesday, October 9, 2012Rating: No rosettes

brian
 pricey....
Visited Filling Station on Friday 5th October 2012 and be warned... Ordered a pint of Tennants Lager and a 250ml glass of wine and was flabergasted to find the price was £10.80 !!!! (Live locally in Edinburgh)

£3.80 for the pint, fair enuf .....

But wait for it £7.00, Yip £7.00 for a glass of average pinot gricio......

Rip off Britain or what... what do tourists think if visiting Edinburgh...

I suggest the bottle would not cost that amount...

Hand your heads in shame Filling Station... Be Warned :(

Sunday, October 7, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Jamie Edgar
 Why not to go
The head doorman has a serious attitude problem and may well spoil your night I would recommend going anywhere else
Saturday, September 15, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Jack
 
Fe Fi Fo Fum
I Smell the blood of an Englishman
Be he alive, or be he dead
I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

the barman may have been joking but still i found it a wee bit imtimadating.
Thursday, July 19, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Alan
 Knowledgeable staff and a ghost?
My mate and I enjoyed a couple of good ales in here. A female bar member was very knowledgeable and gave advice on the ales and types. I also had a strange experience when sitting on a stool I felt something nudge at my left leg quite strongly. I looked down expecting to see a dog and there was nothing there. There was nobody anywhere near to me either. I was quite sober and quite surprised!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012Rating: rosettes

jack alexander
 next
Was in this bar on sat past.was empty.could've been because of the westher but I doubt it.felt compelled to write a review coz it was so bad.was only in edinburgh fir the weekend and I will never return to this bar again.have read previous comments and think there must had been a lot of coke heeds in the bar.so many bad review's .all of us can't be wrong.
Thursday, July 12, 2012Rating: No rosettes

jack alexander
 next
Was in this bar on sat past.was empty.could've been because of the westher but I doubt it.felt compelled to write a review coz it was so bad.was only in edinburgh fir the weekend and I will never return to this bar again.have read previous comments and think there must had been a lot of coke heeds in the bar.so many bad review's .all of us can't be wrong.
Thursday, July 12, 2012Rating: No rosettes

fred
 crap
Hahahahaha.....laughable pub.wot a place best not to enter these premises .or get barred it would be a pleasure .
Thursday, July 12, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Fred
 Not coming in
Yes i was not allowed in finnigans for wearing an Iron Maiden t shirt
and trainers ??????????????????
and there was only about people in there anyway
can't see the pub lasting through these hard times.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Gina Fordyce
 Tartan wearers beware!
Think twice about visiting this pub if your dressed in tartan as you'll not be welcome. We were on a hen night dressed in full tartan(kits etc) and refused entry as we were told by an abrupt doorman that they didn't let fancy dress in! First time I've heard of tartan being fancy dress especially in Scotland and from an irish pub!
Monday, July 9, 2012Rating: No rosettes

BENNY
 GOOD PUB ONCE AGAIN
TAKE A LOT OF THE NASTY AMD MALICIOUS COMMENTS WITH A PINCH OF SALT A LOT OF THE COMMENT ARE FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE BARRED AFTER FINDING OUT THEY WERE TAKING DRUGS THE FIDDLERS IS NOW A GOOD PUB ONCE AGAIN
Sunday, June 17, 2012Rating: rosettes

John From Catford London
 What a pleasure
On holiday up here from London
the Fiddlers is a really nice pub that makes visitors most welcome (unlike a lot of the Scottish pubs)
It has real olde worlde feel to the place and the landlord kept filing our glass up with free whisky
cant wait to reccomend this pub to all my friends.
Saturday, June 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

angela howie
 dirty dive
Well fiddlers arms think its time you closed down,yeah!! Horrible expensive grubby. this place stinks(smells)
Bring back bar alba .clean minimalistic friendly and reasonably priced.gbnf
Friday, June 15, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Mike Postus
 Great Place
On a one day visit to Edinburgh (not nearly enough by the way) we were lucky enough to find the Deacon Brodie Pub. had lunch and a few beers.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. Let me taste the various beers so I order one I knew I would enjoy. Ian was fantastic, and talked us into trying Haggis, which was delicious! Can't say enough about how welcoming the people were.

It would be my everyday pub if I wasn't in the US instead of Edinburgh!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Anonymous
 Raw!
just got back from the filling station with my wife. while the staff were nice and friendly and my wifes food and drink order were fine, I was brought the wrong drink and the wrong food. after sending it back and getting the right order delivered I tucked into what looked like a good burger and found to my horror that only the outside of the burger had been cooked and the inside was still bloody, raw and cold. Never again will I return.
Saturday, March 17, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Anonymous
 Raw!
just got back from the filling station with my wife. while the staff were nice and friendly and my wifes food and drink order were fine, I was brought the wrong drink and the wrong food. after sending it back and getting the right order delivered I tucked into what looked like a good burger and found to my horror that only the outside of the burger had been cooked and the inside was still bloody, raw and cold. Never again will I return.
Saturday, March 17, 2012Rating: rosettes

Eve
 easy to blend into atmosphere
Surprisingly, in there every saturday this was MY TIME. Simple, without unnecessary styling. Drink,smile & talk.
Friday, March 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

harry preston
 yeeha
Haha.
Walked past yesterday (monday) this bar was closed walked. Past today and tonight still closed. Hopefully never to open its doors again, bankrupt? Closed down? Either don't care its a dive anyways. Stay closed fiddlers .
Tuesday, March 6, 2012Rating: No rosettes

james green
 what a horrible place
Not going to go on and on,but had to write on this to warn everyone of this hole they call a pub. Placed in the grassmarket,its totally out if place,no wonder its never busy until of course festival time when all the weird people enjoy weird pubs. To the everyday person don't even bother,what a horrible horrible pub.
Monday, February 20, 2012Rating: No rosettes

jO9HN
 terrible
aVOID AT ALL COSTS
Sunday, February 12, 2012Rating: No rosettes

georgina wright
 omfg
Only one word.

Horrendous!!
Sunday, February 12, 2012Rating: No rosettes

jamie suffiolk
 weird
I was also in this bar on that sat in January.but oddly the place was empty,except 4 the dust,maybe there are 2 bars called fiddlers,the one in the grassmarket that I was in,was awful,no atmosphere,on a sat night,no customers,saying that they had very clean Windows.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Chris Crawford
 
I was in here when it first opened and i left with no high opinion of this place, however i decided to give it another try on Saturday the 21st and what an improvement. The atmosphere in the place was brilliant and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. A really enjoyable evening and will def be back if they continue this improvement. No dust in sight...
Monday, January 23, 2012Rating: rosettes

catherine wright
 no thank you,fiddlers rest
Awful....:......................................................................nothing else to add..............................................
Wednesday, January 11, 2012Rating: No rosettes

finn black
 superbly disgusting
Hi,everyone,well here's my tuppence worth,yep the majority of you are right,its a complete shambles,a disgrace to the grassmarket,and always empty,but then that's no surprise,its hardly inviting,except maybe to the mice of the grassmarket. Horrible horrible horrible..filthy filthy filthy,,dusty dusty dusty. An experience never to be repeated.
Sunday, January 8, 2012Rating: No rosettes

moira jeffs
 service
I often go to the filling station for drinks, my husband and i wanted some breakfast so we called in for a bite to eat. We were shown to a seat then we waited... waited... waited,,, and then a waitress came to our table and asked what would we like, we then ordered our breakfast and waited... waited again for around half an hr before we got the breakfast. I am know the filling station is buzy but a half hr is a long time to wait. One thing i can say is that the prices are not to bad, it's only if you order a drink it gets expensive
Wednesday, January 4, 2012Rating: rosettes

jamespatrick
 new year in fiddlers arms
No way!! Walked in,then back out again.gremlins have taken over!! This pub is now one def for the tourists,who like something different.like an empty bar at new year!! Good luck in 2012 fiddlers arms u are going to need it.
Saturday, December 31, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Sharon
 Worst meal in Edinburgh
I visited the Filling Station with my husband and 10 year old son on Tuesday 27th December 2011. The girl on the desk was very nice and we were seated after a short wait. However all downhill from there. Place was busy but plainly hugely understaffed. We were on the upper floor but I only saw one waitress for what is quite a big restaurant. There was another young male waiter but I only saw him wander vagely back and forth a couple of times and did not appear to be taking orders or serving. We were offered the lunch menu which goes up till 5pm and appeared to be very good value. I think 2 courses were £7.95. It took a wee while for our orders to be taken and then five minutes later the waitress cames back and said that she had't written our drinks down and what were they? It took another 10 minutes for them to arrive. My husband and I both ordered potato skins and fish and chips. My son ordered a pizza. The potato skins when they arrived were poor quality and barely lukewarm. However, it took another 45 minutes for our mains to arrive. At this point we had been in the restaurant for over an hour and my son had not yet had anything to eat! The waitress dumped the plates and walked away. My husband took one look at his and declared he wan not eating it! the fish was clearly overcooked to being almost burnt. I tasted mine and the chips were almost cold and were obviously not freshly cooked. The fish was dried out and tasteless and resembled those cheap fillets you can buy in Iceland. My son liked his pizza. We complained to the girl on the desk, paid for our drinks and pizza and left. DO NOT GO HERE. IT IS AWFUL.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011Rating: No rosettes

jason kilburn
 em maybe no.
I was in this bar last Friday,to my surprise it has been taken over,and is in a dreadful state of affairs.it was around 11pm there was about 10 people in,from what I remember it was black Friday,grassmarket bar,heaving,black bull,heaving,perhaps if they gave this bar a deep clean,people might return.MAYBES!! It's dirty,and I mean dirty,the tables were sticky,sauces all over the tables,the paper covering the bar is falling off.side omg,I felt like I had ocd,and wanted to clean it up,and take the fuckn mobile fone of the barman,how rude. To sum this place up,I say get the new owners out,out,out..bring back the old ones..shocking!! Minging!! Empty!! Dirty!! Untidy!!grimebusters needed,environmental health,need to close this filthy bar down.
Monday, December 26, 2011Rating: No rosettes

thomas peebles
 eugh
Hmm. Where 2 begin.how's about I tell u I was in last weekend 2 weeks b4 Christmas,was it busy? Most definitely NOT.
Was it good,NO would I go back? def NO.there are some yes's though.
Was it dark?YES. Was it dirty? YES. Would I NEVER recommend this bar? YES.
Would I lie 2 you? NO
Don't enter this horribly,horrible bar,u might just catch something,lurgy! Perhaps. Dead,uninviting,dirty, Euugh,says it all. Come on brewery,get a grip on ur premises,don't let this bar drag u. down with them.Euugh
Thursday, December 15, 2011Rating: No rosettes

thomas peebles
 eugh
Hmm. Where 2 begin.how's about I tell u I was in last weekend 2 weeks b4 Christmas,was it busy? Most definitely NOT.
Was it good,NO would I go back? def NO.there are some yes's though.
Was it dark?YES. Was it dirty? YES. Would I NEVER recommend this bar? YES.
Would I lie 2 you? NO
Don't enter this horribly,horrible bar,u might just catch something,lurgy! Perhaps. Dead,uninviting,dirty, Euugh,says it all. Come on brewery,get a grip on ur premises,don't let this bar drag u. down with them.Euugh
Thursday, December 15, 2011Rating: No rosettes

peter jared
 fk me
Oh by fuck....nowt 2 say,but its horrible,dirty shabby and definitely nowhere near being chic,shit yeah. Alba GBNF.just like the alba staff,GBNF.
Ps....shame there is no minus button in the rating,so just to make it clear what I think of this bar now I give it a big MINUS 100.positively a dive. Never to be entered again in my lifetime and would urge u to do the same.x
Monday, December 5, 2011Rating: No rosettes

david
 david stevens
Hi everyone.If this bar gets a visit from the environmental health,and or safety officers from fire station,it will be closed down,which in my opinion wouldn't be a bad thing.
Thursday, November 10, 2011Rating: No rosettes

eileen
 hmmmm
Got a lot 2 say about this em pub?? It's a hovel,what a messy dusty hole.
It was very very quiet when I was there on sat night,there was a doorman on,why? He was okay,welcoming and friendly which is more than I can say about the staff. Had a wee look at the other comments on here and I have to agree with the majority its shit now,and I especially agree with one comment a while back i/we reckon the positive comments are made up by staff and family. It's such a shame was a clean tidy bar with good food and service,and was busy every weekend no matter what time you went in. Oh one more thing to add fiddlers could you put any more seats in? Then there could be even less room. This pub? Is honestly the worst I have ever been in. Oh sorry one more thing to say DON'T GO IN, IT'S A SHIT (pub?) PLACE. Sorry again another comment why is there not a minus button on ratings this place needs it.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011Rating: No rosettes

amada
 double yuck
I'm Louis girlfriend,the last comment(or)..and i agree whole heartedly,empty,no atmosphere,no customers,on a Sat?? Boring,messy,dirty,dull,dark,dingy,disgusting,disgraceful,only a moron would drink in there. A hell hole yuck yuck yuck and did I say yuck. I work for a leading newspaper may get them to do a mystery shop id put money on that all the words I've used,they would too.yuck
Tuesday, November 8, 2011Rating: No rosettes

louis yorkstone
 yuck
What a bar,was in on sat night,and have never seen a bar so empty in my life,4 people two were bar staff,and me and my girlfriend.. I will never frequent this bar again,lacks atmosphere,and customers,shabby chic,a jumped up name for dirty,full,and messy.
Minus points for fiddlers
8/10 when it was alba,cause there's always room for improvement,.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Debra Rook
 
wonderfull welcome lovely food great atmosphere teenage friendly too
Monday, November 7, 2011Rating: rosettes

Jason
 
went for breakfast on 27/11 and I was disguised i suppose had button mushroom on the plate ye I had 2 what a laugh; and what about the servive jesus never seen a bad service like Ive seen
Thursday, October 27, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Marty mcbarfly
 Whoop whoop
I work backwards and forwards in Edinburgh. Was in this bar when it was a dull depressing hole called Bar Alba and vowed never to go back again. Went back in last week when I was back over drawn in by the fiddling music and had a night of mighty Craic. The pub is a weird sort of Irish Scottish shabby chic mash up which bizzarly works. Didn't have food so can't comment but loved the place staff were brilliant. Good job. Would go back
Tuesday, October 11, 2011Rating: rosettes

joanna
 fiddlers arms
we were on a hen night from ireland.we had a ball in the arms.great staff and amazing live folk music.
Monday, October 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

gina melville
 fiddlers arms
we went to the fiddlers on saturday,the music was amazing and we could not move in the place it was full.we will be back when we visit edinburgh again,the decor is unique we want a pub like this in holland
Monday, October 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

bryan farrow
 hmmm.
Went in2 the fiddlers arms on Friday night,the place was empty,which was of no surprise to me and my friends,bought 4 drinks,16.40.
I have nothing good to say about this bar,pricey,dirty,messy,shit beer,shit staff,shit atmosphere,only one word for it reallyshit shit shit.
Sunday, October 9, 2011Rating: No rosettes

André R Allard
 food and services excellent
we had lunch last 21 09 2011
very pleasant place.My wife Claudette and myself André
enjoyed our luch.from ste-Julie Quebec, Canada
Wednesday, October 5, 2011Rating: rosettes

john dance
 shithole
Dear,dear,dear. Wot a shithole this. Is now..wot the fuck have they done.
Bring back the alba bar.
Thursday, September 29, 2011Rating: No rosettes

emma jackson
 what the f@@@
Oh dear lord,what hav they done to bar alba? Was in at the weekend,only stayed for one though,its a shambles,almost went arse over it on a milk urn!! A wee visit from environmental health would close this bar down. It's an accident waiting to happen for customers and staff alike!! All in all a complete tip. Alba gbnf.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Studlee
 Horrible staff
Last day of Freshers Sunday 18th September 2011, Girl at bar thinks my ID is fake and proceeds to embarrass me infront of a que of other drinkers. Its my job to ask for ID ,etc, etc., power mad, dirty looks. She was just horrible because she could be and ruined my night, I went home soon afterwards. I mean I was on my last night out! She was just awful an absolute cow! Yes some people do have fake IDs bt my god mine was real just do your job and pour the damn drink is it that hard? Try a smile all you have to do is pour drinks! Its okay for you to insult a customer replying in a serious tone Oh iv never seen this ID before.
Sunday, September 18, 2011Rating: No rosettes

harry sheilds
 
Can't believe anyone could like the look,and atmosphere in this pub.
Can only. presume the positive comments were made by this bars own staff. What a shithole,the worst bar in the grassmarket.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

joanne
 yuck
Wtf.
Only tourist would like this mish-mash of a pub,if you can call it that.
Food!! Absolutely disgusting,ate half and left,straight from the freezer to the deep fat fryer.
Staff!! What a fuckin joke,they have no idea what they are doing.
Clutter!! Books,helmets,milk urns,yeah just what you expect in a pub?!!
Will never,ever,ever go back in again.
The fiddlers,the only thing they do OS fiddle the customers,disgusting place.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

b0SamueL0b
 NY
+z$8frZdyL%68pSU/:>w<:E3.lG-!XIB
Saturday, September 10, 2011Rating: No rosettes

mike
 
this bar has just changed hands and is now amazing.great food and folk music a winner on a night out.

the decor is a tourist attraction.people were constantly taking photos when we were there.a credit to the grassmarket.
Monday, August 29, 2011Rating: No rosettes

bill
 
very busy so book if you are eating.very good folk band
Monday, August 29, 2011Rating: rosettes

martin
 fiddlers arms
top place. took the family when over from ireland great food and fantastic folk music and staff .will definately go again.my mum loved it.
Monday, August 29, 2011Rating: rosettes

isobel george
 dirty pub
Was in this pub last night(sat),its a ???????g disgrace.its dirty,rugs to trip over,tables in the middle of the floor,looks like it could do with a good scrub,and the toilets wow,they are disgusting. The worst dirtiest unkept bar in the grassmarket,staff and musicians could do with seeing a bar of soap too. I would never go back,and urge no one with a weak stomach not to enter this god awful place. 21/8/11 get a grip bar owner,this looks like a hostel not a bar.an absolute disgrace,could I say more,yes,but your not worth it.
Sunday, August 21, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Mr Wilson
 On the Fringe
My Mrs and I dropped in on the 1st day of the fringe, sat down for a couple of drinks which were on the expensive side, then decided to grab a bite to eat, i had the meatball calzone side order of onion rings and she had the American club sandwich, our waitress dispite it being very busy was attentive and polite the meal was spot-on and i even though i have a big appetite i couldn't finish which was a nice change. I would definitely call in again, if the drinks were cheaper i would call frequently and give and extra point to rating.
Thursday, August 11, 2011Rating: rosettes

brian little
 Really bad
Me and my girlfriend walked in last night to the Filling station on he royal mile wed 10th aug, we had to wait 15minutes for a table so had adrink in the bar, which was ok. We then got our table and decided to order the Full rack of ribs, when they arrived was 9 cut up small ribs in small bowl with half cooked small bowl of chips and 3 small tubs of sauce. I was disgusted with the 9 small ribs in the bowl that i asked to speak to the Manager on duty. I was told him that i was disgusted with the portion for £16 for the meal that was in front of me, which he agreed was terrible and said would discount the meal to half price and was having discussions withe the managers regarding the ribs. The meal was ruined with the whole ambience, we ate few of the ribs and asked for the bill and walked out. I would not recommend the Filling station for food ruined our night.
Thursday, August 11, 2011Rating: No rosettes

jackie day
 not the best place to eat in edinburgh
arrived at the filling station at around 2pm today. as it was busy i asked how long we would have to wait on atable for 2. was told that there was a 5-10 min wait so myself and my son decided to wait. After we waited for 20mins my son went and asked how long we were still going to wait and was told that the buzzer to let us know when our table was ready had not been registered so we were actually never going to get a table. We were then given the next available table. We ordered our dirinks,a diet coke for myself and an irn-bru ice cream float for my son, after a wait the drinks arrived my diet coke and an irn bru for my son,this was returned as it is not what he ordered. We then ordered our food. an all day breakfast for him and a hot dog for myself. they arrived in ok time as the resteraunt was busy but the allday breakfast was missing the link sausage, we told this to our waitress who came back with a sausage on a seperate plate and left. after a short time the waitress came and asked if everything was ok, it wasnt the breakfast should have also had potate scones with it that were also missing, she then informed us that they had run out and only had hash browns and askd if he would like one, this is half way through our meal. Surley this should have been mentioned at time of ordering as he would have ordered something different. I would like to say that i have been the this place before and received good service but after today i would only return if i really had to and as there are plenty of great places to eat in edinburgh that dont cost as much it is highly unlikley that i will go back. still waiting on an apology
Monday, August 8, 2011Rating: rosettes

Masie White
 Best weekend ever!!!
Went here last weekend with the girls and had the most fun I have ever had and will 100% be returning ASAP! relaxed dress code, live music, £3 entry, resonible alcohol prices, friendly staff, and the door staff arent on a constant power trip like most other places, what more could you want from a weekend? Dropkicks is a must!!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011Rating: rosettes

mm
 Good food - bad stuff
Even if the meal was good - the stuff was really terrible and the times - full card till 10 pm, open till 1 am arent real.

The only thing you get after 9pm is chips and you'll get kicked on the street an 12 pm at the latest
Monday, August 1, 2011Rating: No rosettes

christopher
 messy
Omg,what a f#@#@$g mess. Was one of my favourite bars,not any longer,your all right,junkyard,museum,certainly not a pub. I miss the girls tooooo.
Monday, August 1, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Anonymous
 Overrated, overpriced and poor quality
My partner and I popped into the filling station for lunch as the menu looked quite nice and the price was a bit over average so we figured it must be quality food.
We sat down at our table and our waitress introduced herself and continued to take our drink order, she then went on to ask if we would like to start with garlic bread with cheese to which I replied no thank you, she then proceeded to ask again if I was sure she couldn't temp me to order, this annoyed me slightly as I'd don't want to have to come into a restaurant and be
We wanted some comfort food so ordered chilli nachos and macaroni cheese with Chips and battered mushroom to share.
The macaroni dish was described on the menu as being creamy macaroni with cheese onto, out into the over till bubbling and when it arrived it looked very plain with hardly any 'creamy sauce' no cheese on top and there were actual pieces of pasta with no sauce on at all. The sauce that was there tasted like powered cheese and it was horrible.
The chilli nachos had about 2 tablespoons of chilli if you were lucky and this was basically all kindness beans and tasteless. There was big raw chunks of green chilli not jalapeños and there was only cheese covering 2 of the nachos!
The battered mushroom although nice were too greasy and when I took a bite the grease was everywhere!
We couldn't every eat the dishes and pushed the plates to the side, not once did the waitress come over and ask if everything was okay and when I asked for the bill she was silent and did not let on or ask how our meal was! I do not understand how this place can charge these prices and serve such poor quality food. I have made sure my review is on every single site as people do not have money to waste and there are so many nice places in Edinburgh that serve decent quality food for reasonable prices! I will never be back!
I also want to say that, this location will pull alot of tourists and the filling station should be ashamed of producing such poor quality! This is a an insult to Edinburgh!
Sunday, July 31, 2011Rating: No rosettes

k. pull
 flipping eck
Was in alba,last year whilst working at the tattoo.....came this year and to my surprise its been done up,or should I say done under. Good god,what a pig sty. And your right guys,bring back the girls,we loved them,will go into every bar in Edinburgh this year till i/we find them,they must have another bar somewhere...
Thursday, July 28, 2011Rating: No rosettes

mark butler
 hahahahahaha......
Wot a mess!! It's a jokeyard!! Hahahaha, please give us bar alba back,a pub you could go in2 to hav a laugh,not one that everyone laughs at!!!!!
Friday, July 22, 2011Rating: No rosettes

daniel watson
 agree with mr morrison
Wot a mess,it used to be clean minimalistic and nice,will not be going there again,and Mr Morrison,I agree bring back Caroline and Paula aka the mother and daughter team. Not only good to look at,but very good at there job,where hav they gone,does anyone know,the pub is a shambles without them.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Vanessa
 
We visited the restaurant at an extremely busy time but found the service to be absoloutely first rate!! Ligne our waitress couldnt have been more attentive and our meal was amazing! wish we had a filling station near us as this is somewhere we would definitely visit again.
Saturday, July 16, 2011Rating: rosettes

To Joel
 
Dear Joel, i think you will find on the Bow Bar's website it clearly states a 12pm open
Thursday, July 14, 2011Rating: rosettes

Joel Klemenhagen
 Missed opportunity
It is Joel again. Traveling from Seattle I was hoping to enjoy a few pints at your pub and should have called first.
I recognize your awarded nature so I am not bagging your place.
Sounded lovely but it was not meant to be.
Best is luck!
Thursday, July 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Joel Klemenhagen
 False advertising!
I read the website and it currently says 11am is your opening but I am standing here sweating from getting here at door open only to find you led me to an unhappy end!
Change the site info as I am not happy about this.
Thursday, July 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

david morrison
 what is going on
Where do I begin, the fiddlers has turned into the local junkyard.
Dreadful,horrible,expensive,cluttered,staff,oh dear they. change more than the weather.what's happened to the old staff,the. gorgeous mother and daughter team,give em back,and bar alba too.pleeeeeeze.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011Rating: No rosettes

julia higgins
 oh dear,i do not like
Oh my god. That's being polite
Sunday, July 10, 2011Rating: No rosettes

graeme scott
 fiddlers versus alba
This pub has recently been taken over,would rather it had not. What a mess they have made,it was a good pub,now its like going to the museum,or a car boot. Shame on you fiddlers,alba wins.
Sunday, July 10, 2011Rating: No rosettes

john millar
 wtf. omg.
What have they done to bar alba. Too cluttered,food rubbish,bring back the old alba and staff.
Sunday, July 10, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Stefanie Nishio
 good food
loved the atmosphere and although it may not seem a place for breakfast, they have the best Scottish breakfast ever! a bit confused about the service at first (didnt realize we had to go up to the bar to order), but very accommodating and nice.
Sunday, July 3, 2011Rating: rosettes

keith
 
got to be about the best bar in edinburgh
fantastic night to be had
Wednesday, June 22, 2011Rating: rosettes

linda wood
 poor service
The staff in the restaurant unfriendly and unwelcoming. When I asked for a table, I was ordered to Wait 2 minutes While I appreciate the need to employ foreign staff, I expect at the very least courteous service. The food was deplorable and had to be sent back. I had a foreign visitor and he was not impressed. This usd to be a great restaurant. Customer Service is very important -the manager needs to get on top of this now!!
Friday, May 27, 2011Rating: rosettes

lyndsey
 Disappointed
Very disappointing and expensive - £9.95 for a burger meal. Quality poor. Chips soggy and fatty. No salad (one slice of tomato and a few limp pieces of rocket). Tiny tub of coleslaw.Shabby. Edinburgh residents and tourists deserve better! On the Royal Mile too!
Sunday, May 22, 2011Rating: No rosettes

HiFi
 awful
I liked Bar Alba but now the Fiddlers Rest is terrible! We waited forty minutes for oven fish and chips, the sachets of salad crem were off and the waitress went to the local Sainsburys to buy lettuce for our meal!
Not what I expect from the capital and not a good show for the tourists.
Monday, May 16, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Anne Clarkson
 
Great pub in the center of town, with one of the finest selections of whiskies, ales and bottled beers. Can be quiet which is great if you need an escape, and can fill up quickly at night when you meet loads of interestng people. As for comments about the staff, i find them very helpful and friendly. i have witnessd them refuse service (rightly so), but they are proper bar staff that don't take crap, i was impressed how patient the young man was with the insults he got for doing his job on my last visit
Thursday, May 5, 2011Rating: rosettes

martin luther king
 rascist
rascist staff at this pub nd poor hygiene in toilets nd staff
Thursday, May 5, 2011Rating: No rosettes

devon
 awesome pub
went there when i was a wee 18 and back when i was 46. loved it both times.
Thursday, April 28, 2011Rating: rosettes

Gavin Grier
 Poor service
There may be a small selection of good ales but this is small compensation for attitude of the bar staff and the lack of any atmosphere. I'd walk a little further to the Blue Blazer or Thomson's if you want a great ale pub.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Iain Cameron
 Lost it's way
I don't know what has happened t this little gem recently. The bar staff are quite the rudest people I've had the misfortune to meet. It's not like they have a monopoly in that part of town!

My advice give it a miss until the staff learn the meaning of Scottish Hospitality.
Monday, April 25, 2011Rating: rosettes

Allan wake
 
Fantastic pub went on a thursday night some funk band were playing, really enjoyed it had a fish and chips too +++
Wednesday, April 13, 2011Rating: rosettes

j mc g
 
whats up with edinburgh went there for 3days most places close early.thought it was our capital
Wednesday, April 6, 2011Rating: rosettes

j mc g
 
worlds end pub royalmile ordered burger was raw drinks on the expensive side.refunded burger but would nt go back.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011Rating: rosettes

mr j mc govern
 waste of time and money
filling station royal mile edinburgh.went there with my partner and another couple end of march.service deplorable and expensive.got 2starters and drinks 2hrs later our main still wasnt ready.asked for bill minus main £45 havin a laugh paid £25 and left
Wednesday, April 6, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Silvia
 
sorry I don't remember to give my rating
Wednesday, March 30, 2011Rating: rosettes

Silvia
 it was fantastic!
I stay i Edinburg 5 days, and everyday I eat in this fantastic pub... very good!!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Peggy
 Great Fun!
Perhaps a bit small and rustic, but that adds to the charm. The owner, staff, and patrons were all warm and welcoming. Andy Chung who performed folk music on Sunday nights was brilliant. We had a blast---Can't wait to return!
Sunday, March 20, 2011Rating: rosettes

Paul
 excellent
superb food and ale. Very friendly staff!
Monday, March 14, 2011Rating: rosettes

Tommy
 Scottish Defence League HQ

Hell's teeth! This has turned into a right shit-hole. Racist garbage from locals and pretendy hard-man wannabe Adonis behind the bar. Gie's a brek!
Sunday, March 6, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Lena
 Greetings
The Tass surely gives a nice touch to Edinburgh. Friendly staff and comfort invironment.
Saturday, March 5, 2011Rating: rosettes

Gillian McKee
 Horrible treatment from 'Manageress'
We went into this pub and asked the lady behind the bar what beers she had- she listed off a very impressive amount of beers so unknowingly we said 'but what about on draft?' and she said 'THAT IS DRAFT' in the rudest tone. So we ordered a Stella and she gave it to my husband. I then asked if she had red wine and she said yes I asked whether they were small bottles or big ones and found out that they had large ones only so being a very frequent wine drinker i asked if they had been opened long as wine tends to go off if it is left open for a day or so, She said 'WINE DOES NOT GO OFF AND HOW WOULD I KNOW HOW OLD THEY ARE SINCE I JUST GOT HERE AN HOUR AGO!' I said well can I try one - She said NO! WE DONT DO SAMPLES' I asked if I bought some wine and it had turned could i get it changed and she said NO! So I just said ok I will take a glass of Rioja thanks. SHE THEN PROCEEDED TO SNAP THE GLASS OF BEER OFF MY HUSBAND AND TELL US THAT WE HAD A PROBLEM AND THAT WE NEEDED TO LEAVE! I COULDNT BELIEVE IT. SHE CAME AROUND THE BAR AND STARTED TO PUSH MY HUSBAND OUT OF THE PUB - PHYSICALLY - HE WAS NOT HAPPY THAT SHE WAS TOUCHING HIM SO HE SAID SO - SHE PUSHED US TOWARDS THE DOOR AND TOLD US TO GET OUT. We asked to speak to the manager and she said she was the manager(not sure if I believe that) She would not tell us her name either!! I have never been so disprepected in my life. We had come to Edinburgh for the Rugby International between Scotland and Ireland and had been having a great time exploring Edinburgh. This totally put a dampner on our holiday and I am going to write to the company personally. I would NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE !
Thursday, March 3, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Colin Jackson
 Edinburgh
How anyone can be so rude as a bar person, I give up.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010Rating: No rosettes

lorraine nixon
 great pub
just wanted to say a huge thankyou for great food excellent service one of edinburgh best !! cant wait to go back
Sunday, August 15, 2010Rating: rosettes

sa
 Stoodent pub
Like a plastic surgery-enhanced famous actress, this one's appealing from the outside, but that's exactly where you should leave it The clientele becomes severely annoying after 10 minutes or so, so make sure you have no sharp implements to hand.
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

Fred
 Bland
I am coming to the conclusion that there is an evil scientist at work in this city. He sits in his deep underground lair beneath the city streets cloning crap pubs. yet another pub re-incarnated as a bland hell-hole aimed at students, Standard mark one pub interior is astonishing only because it is quite so unremarkable. Sky TV.
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Murdo
 Murdo MacSheep
I cant believe I only discovered Dropkick Murphys a few days ago...its round the corner from where I work. The best Cocktails I have had in ages and a really cosy atmosphere.The dress code is relaxed, but don't let that fool you into thinking this bar isn't classy Ill definately be back
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

Davy
 Ravy Davy
When I visited there was no main course from the set lunch menu that I fancied but despite the a la carte and tasting menus not being offered at that service, new ones were being introduced that evening, they were more than happy to offer me alternatives. I ended up have a wonderful partridge dish which was on the previous a la carte menu while my wife had some spectacularly well roasted grouse
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

Donny
 Donny Trooserpress
The best part of the pub for me was the staff, they were really helpful and friendly and could no t do enough for you Had a fabulous experience at Biddys. Cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and really great food! I would recommend the burger and chips, as I had it the last time I ate there and loved it! YUM!! This is a gastropub i will BE SURE to go back to the next time I'm visiting the Old Town.
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

Angus
 Angus Macsporran
Well kept ales, a good selection of wines and spirits in a lovely setting, a pub of great character. Mesmerized by it’s charm I was almost forced to put on my artist hat, erect my easel and open up my paint box. If i could lift this pub up and place it at the bottom of my road – then it would become my dream local!
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

Angus MacSporran
 Stunning Bar
Recommended for families, especially on a saturday night. The atmosphere is so ambient, the staff incredibly warm and welcoming. The kind of pub where they remember your name even after just a couple of visits. A mixed clientelle old and young who cant be faulted in any way adds to the joy and pleasure of a visit. Also situated in one of the best streets in Edinburgh, the cowgate, a hidden gem in the old town. Take a late night romantic stroll after and enloy the outstanding architecture of the street after you've had one of the finest dining experiences Edinburgh can offer, the chef uses the freshest of Scottish ingredients, this really should have a michelin star. It even offers some rooms for a weekend away, you would think you where in the finest hotels in Paris or London. Cant recommend this place enough, incredibly good value for money, i dont know how they do it, it must be the pride the staff have in working there
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

aiden
 an unbelievable spot
friendly door and bar staff and with the nicest pint of guinness in edinburgh i will definately be back and great drink deals during the week.
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

deckie123
 a great spot
as per other comments i had heard mixed reviews about this place some love it some hate went on saturday night and i will be a customer for life big q moved fast nice doorstaff pleasant attractive staff and the beau nasties were outstanding
i will be back thank you for a fantastic night
Sunday, August 8, 2010Rating: rosettes

Pixie
 Awesome Pub
This is the place to be if you want a cheeky wee pint (or six). The staff are really friendly and the atmosphere is great. Also, the prices are unbelieveable, just so reasonable.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010Rating: rosettes

Edward
 WHI
I found the Irish barman to be very pleasant and witty, and also very entertaining - as he got up and sang a few throaty tunes with the performer of the night, Steve Lee. Maybe the previous blogger should release the wild bee from his bonnet and relax. The WHI provides a fantastic and tranquil environment to my friends and I every time we visit.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010Rating: rosettes

Karlos
 What a unfriendly establishment AVOID!!!
We found the landlady to be one of the most objectionable rude people we have ever met.

This is not Edinburgh’s most friendly pub and a warm welcome is not waiting for you.

Avoid!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Sue quinn
 don`t go
in Edinburgh yesterday and went for meal at `the filling station` have to say it was the worst meal out i have ever had. Obviously didn`t have enough staff waited ages for food and when it came was terrible. 3 out of 4 of us picked at the food another just sent it back as soon as she saw it.
Saturday, July 17, 2010Rating: rosettes

Lucjan, Poland
 
Excellent pub. I visited it with my friends every evening during my stay in Edinburgh in August 2009. Hope I'll get back there some day...
Monday, July 12, 2010Rating: rosettes

Anonymous
 The Holyrood 9A
what a fantastic bar Im in here about 5 times a week because i just love it and work nearby
the range of beers are amazing 20 on draught and are constantly changeing theyve recently been running a beer festival featuring 0ver 40 beers from small independant scottish brewers such as brewdog stewarts harvieston fyne ales etc. Their burgers are amazing the best ive ever tasted and the staff are super friendly and efficient and prices are very reasonable The Holyrood 9a is everything a bar should be , go there youll love it !!!
Saturday, June 26, 2010Rating: rosettes

gordon fuller
 The Holyrood 9A
what a fantastic bar Im in here about 5 times a week because i just love it and work nearby
the range of beers are amazing 20 on draught and are constantly changeing theyve recently been running a beer festival featuring 0ver 40 beers from small independant scottish brewers such as brewdog stewarts harvieston fyne ales etc. Their burgers are amazing the best ive ever tasted and the staff are super friendly and efficient and prices are very reasonable The Holyrood 9a is everything a bar should be , go there youll love it !!!
Saturday, June 26, 2010Rating: rosettes

hannah fraser
 fantastic little pub, great food and service
Love coming here often for a bite to eat. Surprisingly large inside, it has been recently been taken over by new management who have much improved the site.
Good atmosphere- busy, but not so much so that its uncomfortable or too loud. Staff are very friendly and attentive.
The menu offers a range of inventive gourmet burgers (i love the chilli burger- which comes with jalapenos, chili cheese, sour cream and a rich spicy sauce), as well as salads and sides. The burgers are generous in size and presented nicely, on wooden boards with a pot of coleslaw and string fries. Deserts are lovely too- try the toffee sundae...if you any room left!!
Fantastic range of drinks, including many beer choices and cocktails for under a fiver. Wine is jokely listed under cheap, good and great - meaning there is various price ranges. The beer and burger deal for under a tenner should not be missed!h
Would definitely recommend a visit :)h
Friday, June 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

lauren at 9a
 
Hi - I was just wondering when you were in Holyrood 9a and this occurred?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010Rating: rosettes

Gordon Pomeroy
 Good Food, Good Beer, Bad Service
The food is amazing, the beer is superb. However, I arrived at 11 am one time with my girlfriend, and the watress informed us that it had opened at 10:30. We asked to be served, and she treated us like we were a nuisance, and that she did not want us there. We were the first ones, but we did not feel like we deserved such open contempt. Ultimately a bar is a service industry. Although the resaurant is providing great food and great beer, the staff can ultimately take away from the experience and scare customers away.
Sunday, May 23, 2010Rating: rosettes

Partha
 Never going back here!
Bafflingly rude service here last night.

At closing time, the bar manager took it upon herself to physically pull drinks out of people's hands, spilling wine everywhere. The bar staff kept serving drinks which the manager then proceed to take away from people minutes later, as she cleared the pub.

Add to that the prices, (charged £4.80 for a gin & tonic), I shan't be going back.
Friday, May 21, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Tam Davidson
 Not Any More Venturing Into This Bar
I Have frequented this bar on and off for yrs after coming over the short distance from Dalkeith
now residing in Edinburgh i have normally always called in as
i have found it to be a pleasant bar with pleasant clientele and bar staff

However one barman with long greasy hair and with an irish accent certainly has changed my point of view and the view of my friends from Edinburgh

as this man or boy should be aptly named has certainly not got a way with him in manners
in regards serving fellow customers
yes it gets busy at nights especially at wkends but this barman has been seen to be agressive in his manner towards people and has not got a way about him towards customers
and actually i think he has something against Scottish people in general and should not be allowed to work behind any bar
as he is very abrupt and agressive in his manner..certainly he has a twisted personality

I and all my friends wont go back to this bar only because of what we have witnessed with this man behind the bar

The others all were and have always been no problems and get on with their jobs and ok at it
but this bloke as mentioned from Ireland has no way about him for working at this type of work whatsoever

And the manager of this bar really if he doesnt want anymore customers to dissapear from venturing into his bar then he'd
be wise to get rid of this
very abrupt bloke before others follow out the door

Ive personally told my friends both male/female whom frequent this bar as i did
and they also are not going back
until this guy has been sent packing.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Anonymous
 
Friday, February 19, 2010Rating: No rosettes

kerryann fraser
 Outstanding meals
would recommend the Filling Station to any one as the meals are outstanding and the service is excellent i would give the Filling Station 10/10 welldone guys :) :)
Friday, February 12, 2010Rating: rosettes

scott fraser
 Well done
i take my wife there every second week for a meal if we had the money we would eat there everyday its so out standing well done guys
Thursday, February 11, 2010Rating: rosettes

Paddy
 Awful
I visited dropkicks last week for the first time, and i will never ever be back. How this can be one of the best bars in Edinburgh is beyond me, the place was disgusting! I was met in the door by two rude security guards, then was hit by the overpowering smell of hundreds of sweaty drunks - not the most appealing thing in the world let me assure you. After ten minutes of trying to work my way through a huge scrum of shouting, jumping and in one case - fighting customers, I only just saw the bar and was met by the sight of two stressed barstaff, giving horrific service, some of the worst pints ive ever seen! So i left, and will never go back! People listen! There are much better places to go than this dive!
Sunday, February 7, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Colin
 January 2010 Update
We still have free entry to the bar and club every night.



Thursday -Weekend warm up.
Resident.D.J treats you to all the big hits



Friday - Edinburgh's biggest party.
D.J's treat youto the best party tunes over 2 floors.



Saturday -THE PLACE TO BE.
Two floors, all the best in chart, house, & selected treats.
Monday, January 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

John
 January Sale 2010
Smirnoff ice £1.89 bottle

San Miguel £1.79 bottle

Stella Pint £2.49

16oz Coke or Diet coke 99p

Bottles of Magners £2.79

Drambuie £1.79 single measure

Single Morgan's spiced and mixer £1.89
Monday, January 25, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Doc
 Grumpy manager
Was out with a few pals and went to the bar and ordered a round for everyone. after the manager had poured a couple of drink a friend came up and said he wanted a coke mixer instead of a lemonade one. As she hadn't made this drink I didn't see the problem and asked if she could make this change. her reaction was to look at me asif i'd poured the drink over her head and said do you want to make up you mind in a aggresive tone. To which I replied im sorry but i dont like your tone.........if your not happy with my tone you and friends can leave!. Which is what we all did leaving 5 poured drinks which she had poured at the bar. Leaving for a gret night with no managers on a power trip coz they have a walkie talkie strapped to her 40 inch waist.
Thursday, December 10, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Debbie McCafferty
 
Well i got attacked in rush from 5 teenage girls for no reason, apart from the fact that i was apparently looking at them funny! The door steward kindly man handled me and threw me out into the street, being a 26 year old professional woman i have never been put out a bar in my life, in the process my £300 designer watch and my £500 Gucci bag got stolen along with all my money and credit cards and not one member of staff offered me help or called the police. Apparently all people who are 'involved' in a fight get removed from the premises, me being one of them!? much to my partners delight he had to come and collect me from town to take me home to clean up my burst lip and bloody nose. Not a bar i would recommend in a hurry.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009Rating: No rosettes

john
 Closed
Finnegan's has been closed for a while now due to fire damage
Saturday, December 5, 2009Rating: No rosettes

lawson
 Awesome pub
Visited the UK in November 2007. Must have visited 30 pubs over the course of 10 days, some of which are famous. Without a doubt, the Scotsmans' Lounge is the one I remember the best. We were heading back to the hotel after a day of sightseeing, but as soon as we heard the music coming out of this place, we had to stop for a drink (turned into many). What we found was an incredible little pub with great music, great drink, a party-filled atmosphere and friendly staff. That one drink turned into many. Wish we had places like this in Canada.
Thursday, October 8, 2009Rating: rosettes

John Browne
 Great
Best pub in Edinburgh, and a firm favourite with me every Saturday. Great craic, and welcoming (and very knowledgable) manageress.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009Rating: rosettes

John More
 
Disagree with SDMilne, was in on 28th August, yes staff were run off their feet, but were very friendly and the food was gorgeous,,, would definatley go back there,
Thursday, September 10, 2009Rating: rosettes

GRIEF1704
 Very awesome
tightly packed in the scotman when theres a gig on [we saw Rantum Scantum] but this just adds the the great atmosphere that edinburgh has as a whole. the scotman is a pub that really captures what it is to be and live in edinburgh, great city, im sad i moved away!
Thursday, September 3, 2009Rating: rosettes

S D Milne
 Rubbish
The service was terrible, took an hour to served, food was terrible. One meal had to be sent back, as it was not well done as asked for. when it eventually came back, it was no better and the fried eggs on top were burnt black. needless to say we did not pay for it.
On leaving we wrote a comment in the book, but say the waiter tear the page out.
We will never darken the door again

Tuesday, August 25, 2009Rating: No rosettes

marija
 
this is certainly a place to have fun!
Monday, August 17, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Billy Dickson
 Very nice pub
Now under new managemand and called Holyrood 9a quite a nice pub with a brilliant selection of beers and friendly barstaff. Well worth a visit if you happen to be looking for a nice pub in Edinburgh.
Sunday, August 2, 2009Rating: rosettes

Shane H
 This is the best pub in the world MATE
Before our good mate Brian (Edinburgh local) took us to this pub he told us it was the best pub in Edinburgh by the time we were where leaving after our 3 days stay we told him he was wrong and said This is the best pub in the world MATE. At first we taught we'd just have one but we where soon lured in by the magical atmosphere within. Our first night here there was a great duo of a fiddler and a guitarist. They played traditional Irish and Scottish music and all my mates sang along, what a pub mate. The drink was so cheap but the ice cubes must have been expensive because they where very tight when it came to giving them out! :) We all left the pub well oiled that night for little or no money! The next day we went to another pub but no1 could settle because we where all very excited of going back to The Scotmans Lounge we had heard that there was a different band on this night and that they where brillant. When we got back to it we cud hardly get in the door but everyone inside squeezed in as they always do in this pub to accomodate people. Great pub mate When we got inside we where not let down by the band, there was a wee scottish man but he was no ordinary scottish man he was a chinese scottish man! Probably one of the most talented Chinese Scottish men I have ever seen. His partner played some sort of a music instrument but I don't no the name of it, it was like a bag or sack with pipes coming out of it and was very loud. My friend Enda liked the band so much he recorded them on his camera phone and we have watched them every day since. Another magical night was had by us all in this hidden gem and again we left with plenty of money and a deep since of belonging and love for what we now describe as The Best Pub In The World. We meet many of the regulars and the staff were very nice. The one down side I have of this pub and I am clutching at straws here is perhaps the toilets could be closer to the band or maybe equiped with speakers so you won'tt have to miss hearing the band. On our last day we went back for one last drink and a few snaps and we joked with the barman that we would be interested in opening up The Scotmans Lounge in our own home town and had he ever taught of franchising it out! I don't think he took us serious but you never know.I am already planning my next trip back to what we now call The Greatest Pub in the World Mate
Thursday, July 2, 2009Rating: rosettes

Miami Mike
 My Favorite Pub in all of Scotland
I found this tiny Pub 2 years ago on holiday in Scotland. I returned several times to take John's guided malt tours and learn from his expertise. The food is exceptional and almost magically appears from a kitchen no larger than a broom closet. I am going back next week (June 2009) I am excited to see John and Christine and learn more of the history of Scotch as only John can relate it through illustrated examples.
Thursday, June 18, 2009Rating: rosettes

bianca from holland
 fantastic
Great pub nice people and good music all you need for a good night out.
Monday, June 15, 2009Rating: rosettes

Andrew Duncan
 
Remember being grabbed by the bouncers in there in 2002, dragged out, thrown to the ground, needind 10 stitches in my head, and all for? I still have no idea to this day!!!

This happened pretty soon after a punter died through the negligence of the animal bouncers.

Don't know if it's any better now, I do hope so, the door staff were bang out of order.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009Rating: No rosettes

fuck me
 lovely pub
Saturday, April 4, 2009Rating: No rosettes

craig
 loved every min of it
Saturday, April 4, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Bill Foster
 Maggie Dicksons
Have been in Maggie Discksons several times since i have been in edinburgh i find it very friendly and all staff are very welcoming. Good beer and excellent food what more can anyone want!!! Highly recommend!
Friday, February 20, 2009Rating: No rosettes

mark
 
went with my partner on valentines day for a meal,absolutley great meal,great service and great atmosphere.good traditional pub grub.thanks
Thursday, February 19, 2009Rating: rosettes

Jennifer
 What a great time!
I highly recommend this pub to anyone touring on the Royal Mile. The atmosphere was fantastic and the locals we met made our trip to Scotland one we will remember forever.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009Rating: rosettes

Denise Parsonage
 Entertainment
Whenever i get the chance to visit Edinburgh i always call in.
the entertainment (G E Pearson) is second to none. the pub is friendly and lively without being overly noisy. Keep up the good work Mr Pearson
Thursday, February 5, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Des Neely
 A new lease of life
Around Nov 2008, the old landlord/manager left/was replaced, by a younger forward thinking management. A new range of beers, with reduction in prices and proper waiter service and a new menu. Real bar-flys mix with tourists. A proper pub.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009Rating: rosettes

Caroline Traynor
 
i was on a hen night on Sunday 4th January and our group ended up in this pub. It was a great night, great music playing however at the end of the night one particular bar staff managed to ruin the whole night. We were just putting on our coats to leave and a staff member (refused to give his name, fat brown curly hair) came over to us as we were leaving and shouted at all of us just to fuck out of the pub and said this in a very nasty manner. We said to him that we were just leaving and again he repeated the same and was very aggressive towards everyone who had been in great form. i felt that i could not leave the matter as he had been so rude and asked to speak to the manager who came over to us, again refused to give us his name. This manager refused to believe what we told him about his staff and stated to leav. At this point the ignorant barman started to make faces at us and laughed and then the man that stated that he was a the manager, really was not the manager and refused to get the manager for us. We had a great night out but unfortunately the staff ruined the night for us by the way it ended. The music was good but due to the staffs attitude would never return to this pub again.
Friday, January 9, 2009Rating: No rosettes

randers
 Don't Do It
Got short-changed there. Knew it had happened instantly, but barman refused to correct it or even discuss the matter. My advice would be DON'T GO!!!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Angela Carter
 
was at Deacons on Saturday 15th November, the South African rugby was on, there was one waiter and two girls, they were very busy, and exceptionally pleasant to everyone, the food was gorgeous, i would certainly go there the next time i'm in Edinburgh and would recommend to my friends when i go home.
Saturday, November 15, 2008Rating: rosettes

Karen
 Don't go there
We went to Deacon Brodies on the 26 October 2008, I had the Steak Pie with Roast pots and veg. Disgusting mess, the pie looked like it had been kept warm for too long, and the pastry (if you could call it that) was black and had dried up edges, when first delivered I thought it was just gravy which was making it look dark 'til I looked closer, the 'steak' very little and one piece was just fact, the pots were nice (surprisingly) but the vegetables were overcooked. We tried to call a waitress over but they were too busy, and no one came to us to ask if everything was OK, until when the plates needed collecting, then when I told her it was unsatisfactory, she just reported it to the management, no apology, nothing at all, end of .... Altogether it was an apalling meal.
Thursday, October 30, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Jen
 Get me a pint!
This pub has great atmosphere and very happy staff. I can't wait to visit again!
Sunday, October 12, 2008Rating: rosettes

Anders Lund
 Nice one!
Great pub you guys!

Go see it, the food is very nice, neither is it to expensive, since it is placed (JUST!) 2 minutes walk from the Royal Mile....

Went in there after visiting Athurs Seat, just to have a pint, but me and 6 other friends got kind of stuck there .. For 7 full hours or more !

Great time!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008Rating: rosettes

Tom
 A fond memory
I'm sad to say The Arcade is no more. Times and people sincerely missed.

Colin, Cheree, Beefy et al. hope you're doing well.

Tom Coughlan
Tuesday, September 16, 2008Rating: rosettes

Robert Wintle
 Surprise Visit
My wife and myself was on tour from South Africa on the 22nd August 2008. We walked the streets of the old town and at lunch time we entered your tavern. We got the surprise of our lives at the beauty of the tavern. The service was good, the food was good and then it started to rain outside and within minutes the tavern was pack and everyone was chatting away, from spanish to us speaking in Afrikaans our home language. The manager/owner was running around serving the clients. Hey man was it one of the coolest pub we visited. Long live Deacon Brodie.
Robert and Rita Wintle
Thursday, September 4, 2008Rating: rosettes

G KANE
 
Sunday afternoon, great atmosphere Doogi Rush and female bass player absolutely brill. Bar a bit crowded and not enough seats but we had a great time as always thanks Murph!
Monday, August 11, 2008Rating: rosettes

hugh mitchell
 a great pub
this is a pub that i visit every time i visit fife or edinburgh. its one of the best pubs around. i shall be visiting again on the 25/8 .give it a ,just mind the steps,
Saturday, August 2, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Anonymous
 
Steven and Shane we believe are still in the States, Elvis married Jess about a year ago and are living in Canada
Monday, July 28, 2008Rating: rosettes

Heather Thomson
 
I used to drink in this pub back in 1980. It was one of my favourite places to go. I wasn't sure if it still existed but I recently met someone from Scotland and they told me that the Pub still existed. I still think about my time in Scotland all the time and hope to get back to the Pub one day. I live in New Zealand
Friday, July 25, 2008Rating: rosettes

Anonymous
 wines
in a matter of fact they have quite good wine selection.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008Rating: rosettes

Sandy
 stinkin dump
a clarty hole and an arrogant owner who ponces about at the weekend in his kilt tryin to im press the punters,, only the bar staff need a good word,, as for Doogie Rush,, he`s a popular as a feckin skunk in the Chelses flower show, toilets are stinkin ,, pub too small,, not recommended at all,
Thursday, June 26, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Suz
 Great pick...
Had the opportunity to be in Edinburgh for 3 days in '07 and spent quite a few hours at Hebrides. There was this amazing pear beer (heavy stuff, high in alcohol content) that I'd never had before and haven't had since. Delicious. The better whiskeys are well worth the price of a shot. Leave you feeling nice and toasty. The locals at the bar are amazingly friendly, even to the yanks. I'd be back there in a minute if I could get there.
Monday, June 9, 2008Rating: rosettes

L
 Feck off leave us alone!!
OK......so you think we are bad?...we serve you all night, clean your toilets,sweep up ur spew and deal with all the scum! What more do you want? Its a pound a drink....get a grip! Big up all the boys and girls....you know who you are! Keep up the good work!xxx
Monday, February 12, 2007Rating: rosettes

Vinny
 
Good traditional pub with decent beer and lively atmosphere. Graeme Pearson live act was good and barmaids pleasant even though overworked. I would definitely go back when in Edinburgh. Good extensive menu although did not eat there.
Saturday, December 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jim Mckirdy
 A wonderfull traditional pub
Visited the Tolbooth on Thursday 14th December with my office party, had never been in before, what a hidden gem. The guys really know how to keep their beer and very pleasant, efficient service. A bit of a walk down the Royal Mile, but well worth the effort
Saturday, December 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

marion
 quaint & very friendly
I was in Deacon Brodies at the beginning of December with my grandchildren, we were upstairs in the restaurant, where the staff do a great job and were very friendly, especially to the boys. The food was excellent, I had the salmon and prawn salad, beautiful, my husband had the steak pie, home made scrummy. Deacons is well worth a visit when you are in Edinburgh.
Monday, December 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Nick Warren
 Crazy pub
I like this pub. Its very old and trad.
Some mad punters to be had !
Theer are the crazy locals and the mad old ex war vets. The place needs Sky Sports though as there is no football shown at all. It could be great bar if this was the case.
Monday, December 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

fusion
 luvly curls
hello there folks brawest pub in the shire i tell u. big jayson u will b missed by all great job on the shots on his last night. big up all tha enda tha bar massive. lets keep the rush dream alive.....
Friday, December 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

Graeme Souness
 Rush Wedding
Well i do admit Matthew J does indeed have the most curliest hair i have ever seen. Love rush, the curl king himself is like a permanent fixture or fitting, lovely staff and hopefully soon we shall have a rush wedding...... Well yes between Matthew J & the lovely Mia of sweeden. Good luck to you both with yon baby on the way, Lots of Love Uncle Graeme
Thursday, November 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

jane
 absolutely wonderfull...
well on my travels i had a drink and a meal in deacon brodies quite a few times in fact.the service was great in the bar.the manager maclain wilson couldnt have been more helpfull,his warm greeting at the door was delightfull...the restaurant manager jackie made the atmosphere wonderfull.the food was awesome,great home-cooked and all local produce,overall if visiting edinburgh this pub/restaurant is well worth a visit..u wont be dissapointed..
Thursday, November 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

graham
 shane
claire is still livin there last i heard had an office job. steve went to the states with shane and elvis was gone before i started there.
Thursday, November 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ginger
 Deacons class of 2004
As well as 'Shane' does anyone else know what happened to the rest of the crew, the likes of the other irish gang, claire and steve, wasnt there an elvis as well???They knew how to get the crowd going and were absolutly off their heads,
Tuesday, November 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

Clarence Flamboyant
 Shane
Shane, the sexy Irish bartender in question, was last seen in New York, NY. This is truly a great loss for Britain. I hear that on his travels he was seen raping and pilaging in Seattle, before moving his conquests to NY. His era, the class of 2004 Deacons staff, will not be outdone. Truly they were the life of the Deacon. Since thier departure, it is as if the very soul has been ripped out of Deacon Brodies. RIP. Keep crowning them bottles, Hey Jude.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

colleen
 short
brillant pub owner and staff r great have to deal with alot of drunken customers however they always manage to laugh behind the bar
Monday, November 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Craig Rendal
 Sadly gone really down hill of late
Used to be a huge fan, however current management appears to be cripplingly incompetent. Went recently it's still cheap but now so is the atmosphere, thought it must be a coincidence, went back a few weeks later, same problem. What happened, such a shame!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006Rating: No rosettes

--magik--
 siglo
For anyone that has not been in Siglo for the last 6 months I would recommend that they should pop in to have a look at the place after the refurb and the new management changes. Trying to shed it's old, less than savoury image, Siglo is now a genuinly decent venue catering for everyone and anyone. Over two floors, you have the choice to either chill in the Burlesque themed bar downstairs or dance in the club upstairs, which, depending on which night you go on, plays anything from funky house, indie, dance or cheese from a selection of established edinburghs DJs. While not recently seen as a venue for the 'cool kids' changes are afoot and Siglo, I believe is becoming an important and and soon to be reconised addition to Edinburghs nightlife.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mike Hall
 Saturday evening
Absolutely the best place be Saturday evenings great mixed crowd and IMO the best bands that play there
Monday, November 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Daniel Martin
 Best Pizza in U.K.
I'm a pizza connoisseur from the states, and the pizza at the Filling Station made a rainy day in Edinburgh into a fantastic experience. The crust was tasty with a nice texture, the sauce was perfect, and the pepperoni had just enough kick to make me never forget that pizza! It ranks in my top five anywhere I've ever been.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

Daniele
 The Great Bow Bar
the best in Edinburgh, the Belhaven beer is the best of the world, one of the beauties of the city.
Scotland forever in my heart, Belhaven forever in my mouth!!!
Daniele from Rome
Tuesday, October 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

Linda
 Children allowed.
We too were very tired from our touring. We stopped in the pub for a quick pint and some chips. We had our four children with us. We sat upstairs and had a wonderful break. The service was very friendly! Don't know if things have changed but we had no problems with our children in tow. Oh and it was 4 o'clock when we visited.
Friday, October 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Marc Roberts
 Nice pub
Was here back in March on vacation (from the States). Bartenders were quiet, but quick. Only problem was the large groups of Americans wandering in, leaving the door open, ordering Scotch, and not liking it.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ross
 Good pub
Best of the grassmarket pubs, good beers, shows lots of sport, nice atmosphere and staff were friendly. Not much outdoor seating though.
Sunday, October 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

silver
 Great pub
Catriona's comments should be regarded as malicious. I was in the pub when this incident occurred. The guy she was with reduced the barmaid to tears with some racist comments about Australians before he was ejected.
Sunday, October 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

karchino
 dropkick murphys´fans,do not go here!
Why call a pub Dropkick Murphys if you do not play their music or know who they are?? Really a deception....
Sunday, October 1, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Dickie Watt
 Dickie Watt drank beer here.
Didkie Watt like to drink beer here. Yum Yum.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006Rating: rosettes

Dickie Watt
 I drank beer in here.
Excellent bar. Recommended. Yum Yum. Can get very busy and very hot in summer. Sweat drips.
Monday, September 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Dickie Watt
 It's where I got my dinner.
Lovely fajitas. Yum Yum.
Lovely Beer. Yum Yum.
Hustle and bustle. Recommended
Monday, September 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

James Ward
 It's the best
there is one pub i'd recomend it's the halfway house
Thursday, September 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Gerard
 Massive
living in Edinburgh for the past two years, try to get visit at least once a week. One of the best pubs in the city, everyone is real friendly and helpful, love the joint, Long live DKM's
Wednesday, September 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Fiona Bell
 not very friendly
I was really disappointed At 2 o'clock in the afternoon I wanted a quick refresh before continuing the royal mile atmosphere BUT no Children allowed even sitting at a table. Why was this not advertised at the door- embarassing and frustrating being chucked out and not even a drunk insight. The bar man was no help and could not even give me his head office address.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006Rating: No rosettes

BH
 Obnoxious people moan too much
I visited the comedy club on a number of occassions, and always appreciated how friendly comedy club staff were. On one visit, the comedy manager went out of her way to provide my friend (who was on crutches) with a decent seat. The comedy was great and we were really enjoying ourselves until a rowdy group started talking loudly, ruining the show for everyone else (and at £10 a ticket, you want to hear the comedians, not the drunk, rude idiots). It was only the comedy manager who had the nerve to approach the rowdy bunch who was ruining it for everyone and asked them to be quiet. Perhaps, as mentioned below, it is how YOU act that determines how you are treated.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

LONDON GIRLS
 SHANE
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO DAT SEXY IRISH BARMAN SHANE GOD HE WAS FINE ANYBODY WIT ANY IDEA LET US NO WE MISSED HIM DIS SUMMER THE NEW STAFF R NOT AS MUCH FUN WER R ALL D LOCK INS GONE
Friday, September 8, 2006Rating: No rosettes

James Guyatt
 Chav
We went in there to watch a Man U game and there were a few Man U fans but to the immediate right there was a function on,rugby topped students being loud and really annoying...only serve carlsberg and i have never seen bar staff change so many times in 2 hours! After the game it turned into a horrible place with horrible chav people so we got out!
Tuesday, September 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

Melissa
 Food stop!!
Lovely friendly pub. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Food was wonderful and very large quantities. Good selection of drinks especially cocktails. Good honest prices too!! Booths were nicely private, if a little eerie with the skulls but this all added ambience to the experience. Well done all!!!
Sunday, August 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

AD
 The management is a disgrace
I have been here twice and on both occassions the Comedy Manager (as she calls herself, though she seems to act more like a fun monitor) was rude and aggressive. I agree that some of the staff are shocking. And the posts on here from them say it all.

You work in the service industry, where you have every right to be treated with respect, but when you display attitudes, as you do on posts here (Get over it shows the problem rather well) and in the bar, its little wonder you annoy so many people. Believe it or not, most people go to pubs to have a good time, they don't set out with the determination to upset you. Perhaps you should consider other jobs more suited to your personalities.

I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone until the staff learn to be more courteous.

That said, if you do decide to go there, don't set fire to plastic glasses. The staff here already have contempt for their customers, you don't need to give them reasons to think you're a muppet.
Monday, August 7, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Stephen Layton
 Brilliant Pub
You will not find a better pint anywhere! Atmosphere fantastic and staff friendly ... plus, for us English, no smoking is a real benefit.
Friday, August 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

Tiburon
 The RooDs
hi, I'm from Italy and I've been coming at FINNEGANS WAKE for 1 month each year since 7 years (everyday of the week) and it is the best place I ever been!! I'm going to be back again in september but tell me, is it still the same? Are there THE ROODS on sundays? thank you bye bye-- my email: tim@finneganswake.it
Thursday, August 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

Duncan Clark
 Great Beer
What a fantastic pub! I would highly recommend the Caledonian Deuchars, the local ale, probably the best pint i've evere tasted!
Sunday, July 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

JJ
 Not Happy!!!
Having spent the weekend in edinburgh, we choose to base ourselves(9) for food and drink. After 2 evenings and having spent in excess of 500stg the manageress became moody, unreasonable and refused to serve us anymore beverages. which as you can expect annoyed everyone. do not be used by this woman. enter at your own risk. definitly not scotish hospitatily
Monday, July 24, 2006Rating: No rosettes

John Childress
 A great establishment!
Definitely the best food I had during my visit to Edinburgh (Steak and Ale Pie - the best I've had). The service was friendly and of high quality. A must for any visitor to Edinburgh.
Saturday, July 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

Pete
 Top notch
Stumbled across this place about 10 years ago and have been recommending it to my mates.

A little haven of peace amongst the bedlam of the festival. Good ale, good whisky, just good.

Go there now, i insist!
Friday, July 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

dance
 Worst grilled tuna salad ever
When ordering asked how tuna was cooked and asked for rare, salad dressing on the side and chips with a sandwich. Received no dressing, no chips and tuna was not grilled and was so well done it was awful and never received salad dressing
Saturday, July 15, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Tony Williams
 Great yet a little pungent
This was my fifty second pub of the year. I had a simply wonderful time in the pub. However, the pub did smell of toilets. I would also like to say that I am in love with Nick, Sandra and jenny.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jacko
 Friendly
All the staff behind the bar are friendly and make you feel at home. There is always a great atmosphere in the true fashion of the Scots. Drop in and try it for yourself
Saturday, July 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

Paul Schneider
 Great Pub and Food
Had dinner twice at the Mitre and the food was good as well as the drinks. Friendly staff and customers.
Friday, July 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Oli (switzerland)
 Lots of Fun!
Great Pub with a good atmosphere, even throughout the weekend. We enjoyed going there whenever we could! The bands are really good quality and play some great stuff! Hope to come back soon!
Thursday, July 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mary and Paddy Murphy
 Best pub we visited
a warm cosy atmosphere, staff were extremely helpful and friendly, in particular the two irish beauties!! Serves the best food on the royal mile, didn't serve tap water......who cares!! everything else made up for that
Wednesday, June 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

total fan !!
 can't wait to return !!
Just got back from spending time in edinburgh,spent all off my nights in dropkick's. Great bar, loads of great bands,good music great pint!
Door staff were helpful and looked after their customers. Staff behind the bar were totally fab!!Can't wait to get back..
Friday, June 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

happy customer
 craic is superb
best pub in edinburgh .the bar staff and door staff are brill so friendly and helpfull cant wait to vist again
Friday, June 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

niamh
 Amazing
I have never been to a place that has sop many different flacour os vodkas...Seriously reccoment this place, the atmosphere is great too :)
Friday, June 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Not happy
 bloody awful....
apparently its been bought by a Cork man which would explain why this place is so CRAP! Over-price, over-crowded, the staff are miserable and the doormen are bullys. Dont bother with this place. You may aswell be in Reardens!
Thursday, June 15, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Stevie
 Its friggin awesome dude
As well as open mic there is a band showcase every tuesday, and three or four bands on every other night. Touring bands to first time giggers with some cover bands at the weekend ! £2 a pint before 8pm too !!!
Thursday, June 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

Matthew J
 Its my home
Well how to round up rush...? Its a lovely wee pub which I tend to haunt on a regular basis... definately a fair few curls for your money and the bar staff are excellent! One of them in particular but that would be telling. You'll find me at bar curls and cap.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

calum doyle
 Only night is sunday..
great spot. Sundays with the house band are mental, best live band in town.
Fri and sat get a bit crammed...
Bring back taytos
Sunday, May 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

Walter Smith
 Tartan air force?
Is that the home of the tartan air force.

http://www.hbeta.co.uk/8.html
Saturday, May 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Kath Radford
 It was GREAT
Just back from Scotland on May 8th and spent many evenings at the Scotsman. The bands were great and the locals danced to every song. Murph thanks for a fun filled vacation...Kath and Naomi
Saturday, May 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Sarah, Australia
 Loved it!
Awesome pub, great atmosphere, always a lot of fun!!
Monday, May 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

jacqueline mills
 don't drink / eat here
refused to supply a glass of tapwater to one of our group even though we'd just spent £40.00 on a food order. This practice is in violation of licencing laws. Staff were very unhelpfull and seemed to live in fear of the pub Manager/owner. We then waited an hour for our food.Do not give this pub your custom.
Thursday, May 4, 2006Rating: No rosettes

elvis
 David please get the facts straight
Im pretty appalled and humored by Davids response to the Glenmorangie experience he suffered, i am the barman in question, i think what David is forgetting is that i was explaining to some tourists which Whisky i think was the best and how to drink it, Glenmorangie being my choice of malt, it is very sad that this gentleman would take great offence that i may have pronounced this wonderfull drink in such a manner, isnt the point being that i do have the knowledge of the product and that i was doing my very best at promoting the product too, which i am very very sure the tourists thoroughly enjoyed, i suspect they were secretly enjoying the interference from Davidwho was a little Ott in my book too!!!!
Sunday, April 30, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Niknar Riatsila
 DJ's
Big up the DJ's @ Rush!!!!

Mista P and Jee4ce - Every 4th Thursday

Techstile - Every Friday

Fabreez - Every Saturday
Saturday, April 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ed Austin
 OK
But I miss the Berties days. Back in '93 Berties was alive and kicking, and when I went back to work in Edinburgh in 2000 it was still there. I had hoped it would have become an edinburgh landmark. Oh well :(
Thursday, April 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Sheron Beusen
 Filling Station Belgium
Dear Filling Station,

Really lovely to see there is another Fillling Station in Edinburgh!!! WONDERFULL! when I have the time I will absolutely visit your restaurant. Futhermore I'm really curious what kind of menu you have. Just to get some more ideas. Hope you can send it to info@fillingstation.be.

Filling Station
Tournebride 53
3620 Lanaken
tel: 0032-89721986
mobiel: 0031-655336781
www.fillingstation.be




Friday, April 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

Steph
 green garbage
There were weird looking leprechauns and welsh dustmites laying around the place too!


AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!
Thursday, April 20, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Steve
 pish lager. only sell carlsberg
which is minging.

Avoid this place like the plague, was also full of egg chasers sitting in circles on the floor all over the joint in some kind of weird cult.

ODD PLACE
Thursday, April 20, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Bar Staff
 Get Over It
Staff react to customers. If you walk in off the street and act rudely, staff will react rudely back. Why not? Why should rude people be tolerated? If however you are polite and reasonable you will be treated thus. It is very simple. We would not walk into your work and give you a hard time. Don't do it to us.
Sunday, April 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Fabreez
 apologies
apologies to Ralph i forgot to metion him on my last report. Since then I must make changes big up to ralph and see yah later to craig. Drinks Prices now changed to 2.50 a shot inc. mixer but Vo. Gi. Ru. Wh all still £1 inc. mixer. Music still amazing at the weekends. Rush is a must for everyone in Edinburgh at some point in their life so why not now instead of later.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Stanley
 Ciderless
Customer-1/2 of cider please
Lady behind bar(LBB)- We don't do draught cider.
Customer- bottled or can of cider then please
LBB - We don't do that in 1/2 pints either
Customer-What cider do you have?
LBB- none
Wednesday, April 5, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Good one
 good
pretty good, really cheap but as my friend told me staight, it could do with that baldy toss bouncer bein sacked !
Wednesday, March 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

Albert Lee
 More Televisions than people.
1
Monday, March 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

lisa Fraser
 Sat / Sun afternoons
Doogi Rush at the Scotsman on Fri/Sat afternoons is absolutely fantastic. He plays a huge range of music and songs, and is never short of a comment or two about his audience, or life in general which always raises a laugh.
A good congenial atmosphere, top class.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

christy
 new owners
just been bought over by a genunine irish person promises to improve everything or at least try
Tuesday, March 14, 2006Rating: No rosettes

B R
 Good atmosphere
Like this place, it has nice booths as well as open tables for larger groups. the food's good and the ar staff have a sense of humour rarely found in edinburgh pubs. nice for a coffee or a few pints.
Thursday, March 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

B R
 Canny beat it!
Love this place! Handy when grassmarket andcowgate pubs shut at 12 or 1. dangerous stairs when under the influence to go to toilet though! Get to talk to loads of gret Irish people all there for a good time
Thursday, March 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

Kelly
 Not what it was!
Have to go with the other majority on this one, this has to be the most expensive pub in the Grassmarket. I really dont know how they can charge so much for so little. The plasma's are ok but all the pubs have tham. When it opened it was busy because it was different. Its just trying to be the same ass all the other oubs in the area, the only exception is they do it badly
Tuesday, March 7, 2006Rating: No rosettes

s.lang
 great lunch
had lunch here last monday and the service and food was spot on
Monday, March 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

Brian
 A bit too irish
Big massive pub well laid out but Irish Pubs arent like it. In saying that good craic for Gaelic Gaes loved the atmosphere last JULY and August
Wednesday, March 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

shell
 Cant wait!
my friend lives in edinburgh and is always talkin bout this pub! sounds like the crack is niney.......and bring on the manhandelin from the door staff! goin over in june so cant wait to drink serious amounts of vodka in this bar!!!!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

1 Highlanders Pipes & Drums
 Great bar Even better music
The Scotsmans is a great local bar for everyone. If your ever in Edinburgh then get yourself into the Scotsman and you'll feel more than welcome. We are all looking forward to our next pint in the Scotsman.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Christoph
 Visit finnegun`s wake
I am visit Edinburgh last year and the finnegans wake are the best pup in hole Edinburgh ;-) greats to brian, the Band, and Marianne from Aarau (switzerland), the nice lady behind the bar ;-) I search the songs from the band, but i Can`t find, i hope you can me send list with the songs. Thx I wish you the best
Tuesday, February 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

fusion
 cheers for the
big up fabreeze
Friday, February 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

fusion
 beast
more fire
Friday, February 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

regardless
 Absolute shengus!
I've never felt so intimidated in a pub where the so-called 'management' staff have been so rude! Can't they employ TRAINED staff? I certainly won't be visiting this venue again.

This gets a big ZERO!
Wednesday, February 1, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Cat
 Perfect!
Being going to this wine bar/restaurant for years and it's better than ever! Friendly staff, good wine, and tasty food. The perfect place to wind down after a hard day. I love it.
Saturday, January 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

James Smith
 Boycott this pub
The Tass refuse to serve tap water, despite this being against licensing laws. The will only server overpriced mineral water.
Thursday, January 26, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Andrew James McCourt
 A great bar
A great looking pub with plenty of character and a good mix of people.
Rantum Scantum are super every wednesday night a must see
Wednesday, January 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Andrew James McCourt
 What a good pub should be like.
The White Hart inn is probably the best pub in Edinburgh. Every time I come through the door I feel as if I have come home. With friendly staff and good beer, what more could you ask for.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Anon
 Great Pub, Rubbish Staff
Have never had to deal with such a rude member of staff.
Fortunatly the great surroundings and fun quiz made up for it.
Monday, January 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

someone who used logic
 manners
do not be rude to staff as they only work under management instructions and follow a protocol which is normally well thought out and often rests on a fine line between customer satisfaction and staff health and safety,and do not be stupid enough to start an arguement when the establishment is known to employ bouncers-even if they are well mannered and polite like in this case--the best way is by not getting drunk enough to forget they greeted you on the door-unless you have reached a state where no bouncer looks big enough and no bar staff looks worthy of respect
Wednesday, January 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Andrew Hennesey
 The pub at the top of the mound
My wife and a friend of mine from San Fransisco went up here to relax and listen to Graeme E. Pearson. Just before Christmas. He did not dissapoint. Well worth the addmission charge - Free. I'm going to bring my Mother-in-Law next time. Great atmosphere and a fine meal too.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Catriona
 black bull
On the 28th of December my mother, father and myself decided to go for a pub lunch in the Black Bull, Grassmarket Edinburgh. We sat down ordered our food and drinks however after waiting over an hour my father decided to ask what was going on. To my absolute disgust, the barmaid called my father a b*****d threw my dads money at him and told him, in her exact words ' Go to hell!!' I can honestly say I have never been so appaulingly treated in all my life. This kind of treatment is an absolute disgrace and should be brought to the attention of others! The person whom I am talking about claimed to be the manager!
Monday, January 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Pam
 If u are underage they will accept you here
Espionage is more commonly known to the young edinburgh as 'accept-any-radge'. Says is all!
Monday, January 16, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Fabreez
 Best Bar in Edinburgh
What can I say about Rush, well the staff are the freindliest in the world, booze is cheap at £1 for most pints and a few spirits and bottles. Music - Thursday's is Hip Hop, Friday's is Dance ,House, Funk and Saturday's (the best night for music in Rush) Everthing from Rock, dance, hip hop, cheese everthing. Big up to bar staff
Poppy, Maria, Lorraine, Jayson, Dan, Craig, Ali, Paul
Saturday, January 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Nathan
 Rush to this bar
one of the best bars around for cheep booze and a good night
all drinks now £1.00 with a rush card ask at the bar great staff and good entertainment
Friday, January 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Dave D
 Possibly my favourite Edinburgh pub
Good food, and good beer, good atmosphere, good staff. It's very hard to fault this place.
Saturday, January 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Cataplasmi
 The boys are back in town
Hi!! I,m an italian guy, me and my friends have a good time in Finnegans Wake in December 2005. You're the best bye bye.
Saturday, January 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

john
 open mic thursdays
well done big jim kelly your open mic is the most lively i have seen in edinburgh and the performers are really talented especially (ghostboy)
Friday, January 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

Claude Le Noallec
 cranachan
I'm a guy from Lorient in Brittany. I came three times in your beautiful city and saw each vacation our very goog friends in your PUb: Roy, Ali, Paul and John but John left the band. I really enjoyed my parties in your fantastic pub. I look forward to go there again.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

Micky Creano
 Awesome bar
this is a great bar for when most bars close at 1am. Quite expensive but not so bad. 3 for 2 deals are good. Its never really that packed, and its a great place to hang out when you want to keep drinking till 3 and you dont want to bother going to espionage or stereo
Friday, December 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

s2
 numpty reviewer
Why has someone left a review of Stirling filling station on the Edinburgh one? numpty!
Friday, December 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

Emma
 Smashing
You never know where you are with this place-the music is never the same. Which is great as everyone will fit in here, well that is if it’s not to busy! Incredible for prices and a really smashing atmosphere! I would recommend everyone comes here as it shows the true sense of a student night out!
Friday, November 18, 2005Rating: rosettes

E.Williams
 Fantastic
We went to the Filling station on Rose St, Edinburgh with our 1 year old little boy and despite the food being served on the lower floor everyone was helpful in getting the buggy downstairs and the waitress was extremely helpful and polite and even refilled the little ones cup with squash. Fantastic food that arrived in great time, i enjoyed the entire experience, only wish i could have stayed for cocktails at the bar as it looked intriguing! Baby fell asleep before his dinner arrived but we were offered fresh food when he awoke and a box to take away his leftovers in. If your looking for an outstanding restaurant that has great prices, fantastic service and a delicious menu, head to the filling station.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Will
 Good Spot
I'm visiting Edinburgh from Kuwait where I work as a contract firefighter for the US Gov't. I ended up in here after I got off the plane. It was cold out but nice and warm in the pub. The barmaids were great and served some great food. I'd recomend it to anyone...
Sunday, November 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

Will Dunlop
 Awesome!
I'm a American Firefighter working Kuwait who came to Edinburgh on vacation. I went down to Finnegans on a Sunday night and got to hear Absent Friends play. They were really good and I had a blast. If anyone has anymore information about this band like a website or anything email me...
Sunday, November 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

Lucy and Albert Smith
 Great on a Wednesday
We almost left but stayed to listen to Graeme E. Pearson. We still listen to his to his CD when we're sailing up and down Sydney Harbour. Lovely memories.
Friday, November 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

Andrew Finlayson
 Graeme E. Pearson on monday night
Stopped in with three friends from Texas to give them a taste of Scotland even though we ate at home first. Great banter with Graeme E. Pearson and he can sing a bit too. I'll be back
Friday, November 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

J
 The best pub of em all
The best bar in edinburgh for cheap drinks and lots of fun. A new theme every night and the stagnant smell is gone. Bobby os still on the door, awesome guy. The new bar staff are great people too. especially the tall aussie guy with the goatee and pony tail. Jayce
Sunday, November 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

BD
 Don't bother if you are hungry
Visited Stirling Filling Station. Took over 40 minutes for our mains to arrive. Not good when you have small childern accompanying.
Saturday, October 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

singin puppy
 fun fun fun
great fun karaoke every friday and sat @9 pm gr8 laugh
Friday, October 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

old skool
 bring back fiddlers
this bar is inbetween a wanabee wine bar with expensive prices and a bar with no atmosphere. sort of like a transexual not sure what they wanna be. bring back the old fiddlers
Wednesday, October 12, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Susan
 Good wine, good food.
Good wine, good food, good service (though sometimes they can be a little under staffed). Perfect place to come and get a table to catch up with your friends.
Monday, September 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

Yvonne f
 Great food. Great music on Sundays!
Catch the Beau Nasties on a Sunday night in this tasteful irish theme bar. Brilliant celtic rock music! The food is great too!
Thursday, September 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

yvonne f
 Rantum Scantums every weekend!
Check out the live music every night in this old fashioned kind of scottish bar. Rantum Scantum on fridays and saturdays are unmissable! Best in town.
Thursday, September 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

yvonne
 cosy bar, great live music
Just a stagger from waverly station! Brilliant band on wednesdays if you're passing - Rantum scantums.
Thursday, September 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

jennifer adams
 Scotsman Lounge the highlight of our trip
We were in Edinburgh for 4 nights and thankfully, discovered John Murphy and his Scotsman's Lounge on our first night there....which means we spent all of our nights there! Well worth checking out. John and the patrons of the Scotsman make all feel more than welcome. Great music too! Check out Andy Chung if you're in Edinburgh!
Tuesday, September 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

Rachel Rennie
 Hazelburn dram
Helen,
I have your card but no e-mail address.
Sorry to have missed you at Whisky Live.
Thanks for the dram of Hazelburn.
Great pub, see you next time I'm over I hope. Rachel in Rome
Rache
Wednesday, September 14, 2005Rating: rosettes

Alan
 Appalling Food
When the menu says seasonal vegetables it means frozen mixed vegetables, and they even overcook those. No wonder the staff don't ask how it was. Disgraceful.
Monday, September 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

Sarah Mitchell-Gracie
 Ray
Ray is the man.
Wednesday, September 7, 2005Rating: rosettes

Paul Sheriff
 awesome
aye its all banter, you'll love everyone from the barstaff to the great bouncers - steven and bobby, who are always up for a bit of banter! banter! banter!. The Fifa + Pro Ev nights are always cool , you can easily win a crate of Vk's if you have a good few mates entered. Cheap drinks, great times/
Saturday, September 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Taylor
 Awesome!
I'm From Canada and was visiting a friend and Edinburgh, cant say I saw a lot of night life because all we did was come here! The best pub ever! and definatly coming back some day to visit!
Thursday, September 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jackie Quinn
 Easy going and good atmophere
Really enjoyed the live music and happy atmosphere...Graeme E. Pearson was great, good songs well sung and played.. I will be back. Thanks for a great night.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

jake
 billy's right
that really isn't the heb. Far too clean in that photo. I love the heb and the heb will love you back if only you let it
Monday, August 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Erwin
 
After11: so cool, so amazing!
Tuesday, August 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Big Mike
 Excellent Local Pub
I spent my first night in Edinburgh for over 20 years 2 nights ago, and was lucky enough to stumble on the Halfway House.
A 'real' pub, a million miles away from the Weatherspoons of the world.
Friendly staff, and a good crowd of locals & visitors for the fringe. Combined with specially selected beers from local brewerys (regularly changing for the fringe) and a reasonable selection of maits ensures my return on the next trip.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

disgusted punter
 Worst pub in edinburgh...AVOID IT
Most ignorant, undignified door and bar staff ever, thay have no respect for any of their customers, i have seen them manhandle so many people and roughly throw them outside, even saw one of their men hitting a girl. drink is far too expensive anyway, its filthy and everyone is so packed in its so uncomfortable. definitely a place to avoid.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Tom
 AFTER11
Amazing!!! Very professional band! When next show?
Monday, August 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

John Thompson
 One to miss
Where to begin?
Terrible service from uninterestedm, rude staff - Thrash metal music on the Royal Mile not really sure that works as what few other customers were as baffled as us?
The place smelt awful a mix of stale beer and rotten grease. The open kitchen on view was untidy and looked unclean with all manner of staff trampling through it.
We will not go back and urge you to go to one of the other fine establishments on the Royal Mile.
Friday, August 12, 2005Rating: No rosettes

jessica
 don't get fooled
The name of the place for instance, doesn't mean anything. Ask the friendly staff to show you the box of parma ham or how food is kept, stored and prepared...Buffalo mozzarella? give me a break
Tuesday, August 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

Iain
 Sambuka or Sambuca?
1. What an affair. If the gentleman in question was so keen on lighting his sambuca* and considers himself an expert on the manner in which it is served should he not be able to spell it?

2. I think this point has been made before however i think it deserves repetition. Why on earth did the gentleman ( and i use the term loosely) not notice the glasses were plastic? Perhaps it could be considered that since he did not, he should accept the consequences. As such should he not also be made accountable for the cost of replacing the glasses?
Friday, July 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

anon
 reply to the drunk
This is just a reply to the guy that burnt his hand on the plastic shot glass. Maybe if he wasn't so drunk he would have noticed that the shot glass was made from plastic. This customer then argued aggressively with two staff members and was asked to leave he then decided to pick up a glass bottle with the intention of hitting us with it. Now would anyone in there right mind want these type of people in their pub.
Friday, July 29, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Danish Blonde
 Rantum Scantum Are Wonderful!!
They made our week! This friendly and warm bar has live music. Wednesday is very special with the FANTASTIC Rantum Scantum. They make such energy for just 2 musicians!
Friday, July 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Danish Blonde
 The Beau Nasties are Brilliant!
After seeing the duo in another bar we 4 Danish visitors caught the 4 man band in this Irish pub. Cosy atmosphere is perfect for live music. They play EVERY Sunday there. I will be visiting again...:)
Friday, July 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Danish Blonde
 Rantum Scantum Are Wonderful!!
We were in the capital of schotland for 1 week and we first saw the band Rantum Scantum in the Scotsman. Brilliant Live Energy Music! We spent the rest of our nights watching them in other bars (The Beau Nasties is their big band). Scotsman has real flavour. Yum!
Friday, July 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Anon
 ha!
You see the thing is, if you ask for things with grace and manners, you receive what you want with equal grace and manners. If you are rude and obnoxious, why should you be treated with dignity? The customer is not always right. Case point.
Thursday, July 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

anon.
 Terrible service
I was in there last weekend for a night out with my fiancée, celebrating her birthday. after a few drinks I decided to order a round of Sambuka, of course the first thing everyone did when the Sambuka was delivered was to light it up, none of us had realised the staff had served it in PLASTIC GLASSES!!! one of the girls burned her hand pretty severely on the molten plastic.

I decided to go up to the bar and make a complaint, when I did, the reception I got was disgusting... I spoke to an Australian girl who blamed me for 'being so stupid' When I asked for a replacement drink in proper Sambuka glasses [ which was the least they could offer in this situation ] she threatened me with being thrown out, I replied don't be so ridiculous and she proceeded to radio to the bouncers who then removed me from the venue, I was disgusted, my fiancée followed me out, and the Australian girl stood there behind the bouncers looking all smug, like she was on some sort of power trip.

I am appalled by this and I wouldn't recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a quality night out, or even a cheap one for that matter!
Monday, July 25, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Joan Windler
 One of the best cafe / bistro's in Edinburgh
After visiting this gem once, I have returned a number of times. I love it: the staff are very friendly, the food simple, fresh and tasty and the wine is amazing. They don't take reservations so sometimes a problem getting a seat, but is always worth the wait.
Friday, July 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jamie
 Expensive and Smokey
Only been once and although you get a good atmosphere the price of their drinks are very expensive. Also when you walk in you are hit by how smokey the bar is. My advice to tourists would be to look else where. My choice for folk music pub would be finnigans wake everytime.
Sunday, July 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

T. Miller
 A great bar,... but,...
Great bar...!! One of the few pubs open to 3.. I really loved it... -But they lost a lot of customers because the staff was quite rude... Sad, but true... :-/
Or what do you say Olly and Arch...?...
Tuesday, July 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

keith newton
 BEST PUB IN TOWN
Popular with locals and visitors alike, The Royal McGregor is a real Scottish Pub at the heart of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile.
Enjoy traditional Scottish food or continental dishes. A wide variety of beers, spirits, wines, cocktails and quality coffees and tea - all in an informal friendly atmosphere.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

Iain
 
Lived in Edinburgh for 22 years and only visited this pub for first time last night. Don't think I'll be back. The beer is very expensive (nearly £3 a pint!),and the attitude of the guys behind the bar stinks! On the plus side they do allow you plenty drinking up time and are not being forced out the door like most city centre bars.

The music was ok but don't think I'll be back in a hurry.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

John
 After11
Don't miss the After11 band in August 2005. All the way from Italy!!
Saturday, July 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ben Prowse
 What a joke!
The doorstaff were very professional but the staff who were obviosly drunk were awful. If I was the owner of this pub I would severly discipline any staff who were drunk in my pub but I'm not sure how the owner's run the place? I was very dissappointed with the straff who attacked us personally, were extremely rude and to topit off very drunk
Friday, July 8, 2005Rating: No rosettes

sue
 would definitely go back
hi loved the tass! food was excellent and it was small and cozy. we even went there twice and we were only in edinburgh for 3 days!
Wednesday, July 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

peter
 it was good.
I found the beehive to be a friendly,well run pub.Which place to go on the grassmarket was always a big question on a night out in the capital,but since visiting the beehive i know that it wont be long till i hed back there.
Thursday, June 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jamesy Gibb
 great hilarity with a drunk lady
Visited this pub over a year ago met this big, drunk slapper 'Laura' who entertained us with her stalking of Stevie the bouncer. what a laugh!
Sunday, June 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

carol
 Terrible food at the Beehive
Go & visit www.ladieswholunch-in-hampshire.co.uk & read our report on our visit to Edinburgh. We had the worst meal we have had for years at The Beehive, a terrible standard, felt very sorry for the poor young waitress who was embarrassed to serve the food. It also took ages to arrive, Ok if had been freshly cooked but was obviously frozen.
Thursday, June 2, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Carme
 great place
hi everyone!! i just wanna tell u all that i miss you loads and that the time i was at the tass was really really good. the manager is a nice guy (although he's not spanish..) and the supervisors and the staff are great..and the regulars too!!! luv u all...
Saturday, May 14, 2005Rating: rosettes

Donna Galvan
 Enchanted by Rantum Scantum
On a planned visit to Ireland from the U.S.A, we landed in Scotland and decided to skip Ireland. Ended up at the Scotsman on the advice of the taxi driver. Even though I seldom drink, that night at the Scotsmant, listening to Rantum Scantum is one of the best memories of the trip. I listen to their CD every day in the car and play my fiddle along with it every chance I get. I never tire of Bobby's earthy voice and Eddy's heavenly fiddle music. If Eddy and Bobby ever tour the US and come to California, we will be there!
Friday, May 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

Rik Sowden
 Good place - well worth a visit.
The food has been good, and reasonably priced, every time i've been, the beers and ales are quite acceptable (and generally not ones i've tried before being Scottish and me being an Englishman) and the staff and service are good, timely and polite. Well worth a visit.
Wednesday, May 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Martin
 it used to be my second home;-)
2 years ago, it was the last time, that I've visited Finnigans. And I'm looking forward to my next scotland (Finnigans) trip;-).......greets from switzerland :-)
Friday, April 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

mikey lambert
 This Is
Great place for a cheap snakebite lads, the guv'nors behind the bar are like soooo friendly! two words proper bo! Also, has a few gay lads in there, which is always a bonus!
Wednesday, April 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jon Scott
 Vey highly recommended!
I had my engagement party here and it was a top night. Friendly staff who couldnt be more helpful and a great atmosphere.

They even put up with my punk band doing a set!

Good on them
Saturday, April 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Donal Ryan
 Mighty craic
I spent the best 6 months of my life in Edinburgh and most of that was spent in dropkicks. I was there the day we beat england. What a session. Heavy handed door staff even though they are irish. Still, mighty craic.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005Rating: No rosettes

dave
 nice and clean
courteous staff , pity aboot the petite gents.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

William
 Pretty choice place
I stayed in the Hostel and pretty much partied my whole stay in the bar. It had a fantastic Comedy night on the Tuesday and then this Ozzie bloke (Ned) pumping out the tunes on Wednesday. Definately be back.
Thursday, April 7, 2005Rating: rosettes

s
 Barmaid Natasha
Cheers, to the lovely Natasha, for that free pint on Saturday 26th March 2005.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mickey Jo
 Great place
This is a great meeting point for Irish people. Needs a new manager as the one just now can't smile
Monday, March 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Bobby Robinson
 Under new management
I think Bar Alba's new manager (Louise) and staff have totally turned the place around. It's friendly atmosphere draws you in for the whole night! The food is fantastic as well. They are sponsors of a ladies rugby team so can occasionally be a bit louder and busier but overall; excellent.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tina Loflin
 The Halfway House
Dear bestpubs:-
In 2004 I had the joy of visiting the Halfway house--I got a warm welcome, a lovely bowl of cullen skink, a gentlemanly gift of a map of Scotland(which I still have) and good memories. It is one of the high points of my visit to fair Alba, and one of the reasons I would love to return. Edinburgh, and the Halfway House, are wonderful. Scotland is a wonderful, gorgeous place. I've a little piece of my heart still there! Peace to all, Tina
Monday, March 21, 2005Rating: No rosettes

annie lindsay
 the best
great place. great music. friendly atmoshere i always look forward to a saturday afternoon with the rab howitt band
Monday, March 21, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Ronnie Le Drew
 BURNT DOON!
Fell victim to the Canongate fire. Still a big hole in the ground. There is a Living room in George street now - not sure if there is any connection.
Saturday, March 19, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Old firm hater
 football colours
You must be stupid if you think you can go into pubs with football tops on. Your husband probably had a jacket covering his top so the bouncers didn't see it when you went in.
Saturday, March 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

Martin
 DEFINITELY NOT A RUGBY FRIENDLY PUB - AVOID
Most obnoxious pub I have ever had the misfortune to enter. Barmaid refused to serve us because we were wearing beanies. It was a six nations weekend and we were wearing Welsh bobble hats! Our offer to remove them was rejected.

DEFINITELY NOT A RUGBY FRIENDLY PUB - AVOID
Wednesday, March 16, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Ronnie Le Drew
 A good laugh!
Old-fashioned, cosy wee pub, with live music on every night. The big friendly face of the owner, John Murphy, can usually be spotted on busy nights, keeping a watchful eye over his establishment. Rantum Scantum are good on Fri/Sat nights (why are they listed here as The Roods?) but the best night is Sunday, when Andy Chung is on. Lots of traditional old Scottish folk songs and a great atmosphere. He'll huv yeez a' up singin' an dancin'!
Monday, March 14, 2005Rating: rosettes

Edel Moore
 Unmissable
Love it! Went there on a snowy winter's day in February. Staff were very friendly, food was yum and to top it off a great selection of wine. I work in a travel agents in Dublin and make sure to tell all my clients to visit cockburn streets wacky shops and not to miss a leisurely lunch at ecco vino!! Can't wait to go back.
Saturday, March 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tom Turnbull
 Good local pub
This is a great pub, a bit removed from the touristy trash further up the royal mile. Quite popular with students, and also with people from the media/political places at the bottom of the canongate after work on a friday. The large open-plan design isn't the best for intimacy, but is good for larger groups. There's also some pleasant sofas. The beer's great. There's occasionally some interesting live music downstairs.
Friday, March 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

Allan
 C.A.M.R.A Award
The Halfway House, Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh.

Thought I'd let you know that the Halfway House has been made pub of the year for 2005 by EDINBURGH C.A.M.R.A.

Christine and I, plus Linda, Colin and Ian our loyal and hard working staff are very pleased!
Thursday, March 10, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tracy, Lagos, Nigeria
 Tourists-avoid this place!
I remember going to this bar on several occasions in 1997-1998 and what a nice place it was, sitting on of the best spots in Edinburgh, one could sit at the window and enjoy fabulous views of the Castle and gardens. In December 04 I went back only to enter one of the worst bars in Edinburgh. Tacky pictures of food adorning the outside windows, a filthy smoke filled bar, the seats that offered that fab view have been removed and replaced by a pool table, bar staff were not only inflexible but ignorant and just plain scruffy - and lacked even the basics in appropiately handling customer complaints. This bar should be one of the best in Edinburgh its now one of the worst. Tourists - avoid this place there are loads of other fabulous bars around the city.
Friday, February 25, 2005Rating: No rosettes

jo wallace
 Fab!
I love this place - cheap drinks, friendly people and cosy surroundings.
Monday, February 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

Madalyn Jones
 I'd never eaten at a Tavern before...
I'm from America, Texas to be specific, and this last week was my first trip abroad. My brother, sister and I spent a day in Edinburgh, and had dinner at the Royal Mile Tavern. The atmosphere was very nice, and the food was excellent, as well as very reasonably priced. I highly recommend them.
Tuesday, February 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

paul walsh
 come on offaly
best irish bar in edinburgh had a brill 9 monhs over there even the gone of tayto crisps tated good. best plance in town for to watch a game and to pull a bird
Friday, February 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Paul Mallon
 Read on...
I live in South Manchester, a place not short of top-notch restaurants and bars, It was my first visit to Edinburgh and had been there only two days when by chance we decided to go here for a spot of lunch. First impressions were very good; the place was spotless and well-laid out and the staff were extremely helpful very efficient. I was immediately seated and drinks arrived in seconds, not minutes. After looking over the superb and wide-ranging choice on the menu I plumbed for the Fillet Steak with the Blue Cheese sauce with a side order of Garlic Bread with Cheese, followed up by warm pancakes with cream, ice-cream and chocolate sauce (greedy pig, yes I know!) and can I just say it was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. The girl who served me (Sarah I think her name was) was extremely polite and helpful, the food arrived quickly and was cooked to perfection. The décor and layout of the place was very interesting but relaxing at the same time and just added to the whole experience, which was nothing short of superb. I really enjoyed my time in Edinburgh, the Castle, the Scotts Monument, Mary Kings Close, the Camera Obcsura along with many (many, many!) bars all got a visit and were all excellent but it is a real tribute to the management and staff of this restaurant that the hour or two I spent here was the best part of the whole visit. If I could give more than 5 Rosettes I would! All I can say is a big thank you on a job superbly done to all at the Filling Station, and to anyone who is going to Edinburgh… EAT HERE!
Tuesday, February 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mike Hall
 Dont miss this place
Great bar, great atmosphere not only open late but the only place in town with live bands on Fri and Sat early evenings. Catch The Belgranos there.
Friday, January 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jimmy
 Crackin Pub
Best bar in edinburgh. Great selection of beers and whiskys. Great banter with the locals. You can walk in there and there will always be someone to talk to. Bar staff are friendly and are always up for a laugh. I would recommend a Thursday night for a visit. Andy Chung plays a mix of Scottish and rock and puts on a great show.

Thats aboot it.
Monday, January 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

Stuart Nicol
 Great pub!!!!!!!!!
This the best pub in Edinburgh
Monday, January 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

Kate
 eats review
Wow - the pasta had been put through some kind of endurance test. Farfalle big enough to wear to the circus. Scotland's heard of al dente right? Nice view for a drink but the foods an embarassment.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005Rating: No rosettes

ferret mcstumpy
 yip its braw
great pub, one long laugh, the bands are great and the atmosphere is superb. if you are looking for a loud enjoyable night then you wont beat this. another magners please!
Friday, December 31, 2004Rating: rosettes

james a learmonth
 cool bar
very cool atmosphere, a small moody bar, long and thin, very dark but still welcoming, good variety of drink on offer. music was very mixed, but good listening! staff very nice, will be back
Friday, December 31, 2004Rating: rosettes

Devon
 wonderful bar/pub
ive been to bannermans twice now.. once in 1981 and then in 2001... both times were lovely. Love the place!!!!!!!
Monday, December 20, 2004Rating: rosettes

JM
 music and drink good - food not!
Firstly...this is a good pub! the drink is reasonable, the entertainment was great (Graeme E Pearson), the atmosphere was friendly and the other drinkers too!

Great as long as you don't have to eat here - and if you are in the centre of Edinburgh you certainly shouldn't have to!
Wednesday, December 8, 2004Rating: rosettes

Katie
 Savage!!!
Im from Cork & spent the summer working in Edinburgh.Some might think it sad that I spent my entire time in an Irish bar but believe me lads,this place rocked! Was like a little piece of home! Only place wit Bud on tap and Tayto crisps! Ollie,manager from Tralee was sound - love ya babe! But Mickey, the boss - in Cork we would call him a LANGER!
Wednesday, December 1, 2004Rating: rosettes

Customer no more,Edin.
 Whats happened.........???!!!
When bar:alba first opened,all refurbished,it was fab.Relaxing & comfortable for us young,single ladies to go.Whether for coffee or wine,this was ideal for 'me time'.However,its changed hands again & with its plasma's & so called 'jukebox',this is 1place my friends & I no longer frequent.Its turned into 'another of the Grassmarket Pubs' loosing all its unique identity.Not to mention the rude staff & thats just the manager......!!!!
Sunday, November 14, 2004Rating: No rosettes

ALLAN
 GOOD PUB
Excellent traditional pub 1st class ales, interesting wine list. Great food specialising in local produce(monday menu bargain all main courses £5). Live music 3/4 nights per week. A PROPER PUB
Thursday, November 11, 2004Rating: rosettes

fiona kelly
 Mental crack.
Its like home away from home. I know people will be saying why, when irish people go away the first thing they look for an irish bar but this place kicks ass. friendly staff, even the bouncers. Big HI! to eoin from clare and the rest of them. I will be back.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004Rating: rosettes

Isla
 Magners/Bulmers
Good bar for a bit of a boogy, just wear lots of layers cause it gets like a sauna!!

BTW, Magners was only lauched in Scotland this year and is still hard to come by. Finny's is one of the few places you can now find it.

Monday, October 11, 2004Rating: rosettes

billy
 not the hebs
that is not the hebrides bar in photo
Wednesday, October 6, 2004Rating: rosettes

David Anson
 Ya shoulda known better!
As a very frequent patron I have come to appreciate the style and character of this pub. It's such a shame that they have management who cannot properly pronounce the name of one of the leading single malts and takes it as a personal affront when offered the benefit of the knowledge of someone qualified to comment! I had the sad misfortune to have to witness a senior staff member repeatedly misinform four tourists seeking knowledge of single malts. The person concerned insisted on calling GlenMORangie GlenmorANGie and sought to ridicule and patronise me in front of others when I pointed out, quietly and calmly, that it rhymes with Orangey when pronounced correctly. I explained that the stress is on the first vowel in Gaelic, that TV adverts correctly pronounce it, and that he would be likely to be far less politely corrected were he to pronounce it in his incorrect manner in its area of creation! Such a shame to have to witness such a travesty when this excellent hostelry figures so highly in Scottish and Edinburgh social culture! Surely professionals should have the knowledge and the good manners that this person so singularly lacked? Lest I be accused of sour grapes (or should it be sour barley?) I still recommended several tourists to the Deacon Brodie for lunch today - the day after our contretent! Did I mention that I studied onomastics (names) as an honours module for my MA, or that I have worked as a guide in the whisky industry, or that I was trained in presentation and retail sale of whisky, that I still work in tourism, or that I am a passionate fan of said Glenmorangie!!!
Friday, October 1, 2004Rating: No rosettes

vc
 Students
cheap beer, cheap vodka, is a very cheap place. Great for students, unfortunate about the stagnant smell however.
Thursday, September 30, 2004Rating: rosettes

beure
 Snapfax is handy here
Nice staff.
Monday, September 27, 2004Rating: rosettes

ash
 Cheap vodka!!
it has cheap vodka
Monday, September 27, 2004Rating: rosettes

Celta
 Absolutely magic
Should you be looking for a peaceful place to sit and have a chat, you're not going to get it at Finnegan's Wake! You'll get a night of careless, great fun and with great music to match. Should you on Sundays, you'll catch The Roods who are most probably one of the most talented and eclectic group of musicians I've ever seen. But do be prepared to dance: before you know it, somebody's twirling you around or sticking a pint of guinness in your hand. Such a great atmosphere!
Tuesday, September 14, 2004Rating: rosettes

Sam
 Grrreat P.I.N.Ts here
Had a great time here, would deffinatly go there on anther trip in Edinburgh. Great Music and the croud was good as well!!!
Saturday, September 4, 2004Rating: rosettes

fergus
 Magners-BUlmers
Magners is called Bulmers in Ireland
Friday, September 3, 2004Rating: rosettes

Beefy
 Top Landlord!!
An outstanding little bar, ideal for watching footy, with a fine host! (how you doing Colin!)
Thursday, September 2, 2004Rating: rosettes

Iain Moss
 Pub-'o-the-decade!
Great for a late night date! I think I'm their longest serving regular ('94), but hey - it's not too trendy, open v.late, great live music 7 nights & a good atmosphere. What more do you want? Loses a star for £3 Guiness though - Scott!!!
Sunday, August 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

Bertien
 Meeting
My friend and i went to Edinburgh last month and we did had a meeting with John,very interesting
what he was all telling is in the castle!
Greez from 2 dutchies!
Friday, August 6, 2004Rating: rosettes

Louisa Thomson
 No football colours
We consider ourselves regulars in this restaurant. We were asked to leave because my fiance had his football top on. The bouncers had already greeted us at the door, we had sat down at our table and were looking thru the menu when the bouncer approached us and asked us to leave because no football colours were allowed. We asked him to show us the sign which indicates this, he was unable as there is no such sign, it was the managers decision he said. Quite embarrassing being asked to leave a restaurant. Never go back.
Monday, August 2, 2004Rating: No rosettes

David Wright
 More beer to your elbow
The Halfway House, a little gem in the heart of Edinburgh. Things have changed a little since the last report was written. I called in last week and there are now 4 handpumps on the bar. Only 3 were in use at the time but the potential is there. Food has changed also. The blackboard menu is not extensive but it is quality, and the prices are very reasonable for the city centre. I can recommend the Cullen Skink, a creamy fish soup, tastes better than it sounds. To finish the evening I tried one of the nice range of malts.
This is a unique place. It doesn't offer a lot in the way of size but it is a haven for the person who doesn't want mass production. I will be back soon.
Thursday, July 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

Vw
 Don't Go!!
This is the worst pub I have ever visited in every respect. The beer is poor - staff unbelievably unfriendly - the atmosphere hostile. A give-it-a-miss - definitely!
Tuesday, June 29, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Keith Brock
 A welcome change from Berties
It's actually clean now and the drinks taste how they should.They don't do cheap stuff anymore but it's a hundred times better. From an Irish point of view,it kicks Finnegan's ass!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

Katie O'Sullivan
 Best night I had in Edinburgh
Great Irish boozer. All Irish staff-Olly from Kerry is mental! Very relaxed surroundings. Never seen so many Irish people in one place! If you are in Edinburgh you have to try it.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

Christy Pierce
 Real Irish atmosphere
Best Guinness outside of Ireland! Friendly staff from all over Ireland who can actually pour a pint properly! They even have Tayto crisps and red lemonade! Loads of Irish tunes were played, even when the band werent on.Move over Biddys and Finnegans!
Tuesday, June 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

Dave Heenihan
 Poor excuse for an Irish bar
Majority of staff aren't even Irish and know less about Ireland than George Bush! Where are the Irish products? Don't even have Magners. A few t-shirts and posters don't make an Irish bar!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2004Rating: rosettes

Kris
 Worked There
Well its ok I suppose, just cant stop going there now thats my problem! ;-)
Wednesday, June 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

Edinburgh Critic
 cosy pub
The Scotsman is a cosy wee pub with a rustic atmosphere
Tuesday, May 18, 2004Rating: rosettes

Fiona
 An Embarassment for Edinburgh
The signs all over the place ('no tap water served', 'do not stand here' etc) and a combination lock on the toilets, makes this pub a classic example of the appaulling customer service approach that Scotland is trying desperately to live down. As a born and bred Edinburgh resident, my apologies go out to all our visitors who seek and deserve better options to spend their hard earned money. There's plenty other historical pubs nearby that are a better bet.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004Rating: rosettes

Andy Collin
 SAD! SAD!
Prime example of Brewery Vandalism! Ruining a perfectly good, busy hostelry, frequented by locals, loved by visitors, and known all over the world! I am referring to the Fiddlers, not this up-market (allegedly) burger bar with (allegedly) designer beers! SAD!

RIP The Fiddlers!
Saturday, May 15, 2004Rating: No rosettes

elvis
 Possibly the most fun, friendly bar in Edinburgh
This is definitely the most friendly, lively and laid back place in Edinburgh with a relaxed mixture of locals and tourists and a guaranteed atmoshphere almost every night of the week save perhaps mondays and tuesdays. The draft beer, however, is a big disappointment - lukewarm and tasteless - I recommend you drink the malt whisky or bottled beer!
Sunday, May 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

Garry
 small world!
Hey! My stepfather Dave works there! He's a smashing guy, you're always guaranteed a 'guid blither'! Quiet though....nice place to seek refuge with a newspaper and a relaxing pint.
Monday, April 26, 2004Rating: rosettes

Andy O
 A good craic!!
A great Pub for music and craic; the owner/landlord is John Murphy
Wednesday, April 7, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Francis MacKechnie
 What a pub!!!
It's obviously been a while since your reviewer has been into this little treasure! No television, no bright flashy fruit machine, live folk music five nights a week, it has to be one of the undicovered pub gems of Edinburgh. Everyone should go...go now in fact!
Tuesday, March 23, 2004Rating: rosettes

Pintmaster
 Serves a delicious pint in a classy environment.
Serves a delicious pint in a classy environment.
Friday, February 20, 2004Rating: rosettes

E'dios Budvar
 Only keg!
No Cask No Task.
Friday, February 20, 2004Rating: rosettes


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