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 Selected Comments in Southside

Chelsea
 
Fab wee pub, a double gordons gin AND tonic for £3.49!! Friendly clean and great atmosphere, ok toilets are upstairs but cant fault cleanliness of ladies or the rest of the pub for that matter, we will be back
Saturday, August 25, 2012Rating: rosettes

Miriam
 
Nice place...................
..........only ruined by the smell of cannabis whafting in throuh the window from the garden.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012Rating: rosettes

Anonymous
 recommended
Highly recommended I went back 5 times on my holiday in Edinburgh
Tuesday, May 22, 2012Rating: No rosettes

hana
 10/10 for the worst food ever
Ridiculously over-priced. Baked potato with cheese - or rather cheese glued to the plate and none on the actual potato. The salad looked a week old, my guess is the cheap tesco brand?

Chicken burger - looked like 2 defrosted chicken breasts with a piece of raw bacon on-top. Sickening.

My advice - sack the chef and buy some fresh food!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Jill Manners
 Totally Gone Downhill
I hate to say it, but I will not be back either. The druggie staff seem to have no regard whatsoever for the customers.
Saturday, October 8, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Mark Inch
 Won't Be Back!
I was reminded of the old joke what do you find under a ponytail? Answer: A horse's ass. on a visit to Sandy Bell's yesterday. I've been in and out of this bar for nearly 40 years, but after yesterday, I won't be back. I ordered a pint of IPA and a wine, £5.50 handed over a £20 note and got £4.50 change. I immediately queried this and was treated like I was an idiot. I was accused of only handing over a £10 note, 'cos there's only one in the till an it wasn't there 5 minutes ago. The guy sitting next to me had just paid for his drink with a £10 note he later told me and the barmaid. Then I had to wait 10 minutes whist the barman checked the tills. After all that I was grudgingly handed 2 £5 notes with a mumbled, that's never happened before. All I can say is Nice Try Mate but pick on some less awake next time. I won't be back under your stewardship!
Saturday, August 20, 2011Rating: No rosettes

sah
 Gone downhill a lot lately
Doctor's still have some good real ales on tap, but the food it awful
Sunday, July 17, 2011Rating: rosettes

Frank
 Loving this pub
What a great friendly bar, love the music and love the atmosphere. A nice mixed crowd, some locals and some tourists. Very welcoming.
Sunday, May 22, 2011Rating: No rosettes

john
 Another great night!
Another great night!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011Rating: rosettes

Jeanette
 Would go back
Good pub food, friendly staff, very helpful with arranging parties etc. in the function room upstairs. Great place both for a meal, a drink, coffee or a party!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010Rating: rosettes

TC
 Lost its charm
Sadly have to agree that Bells has lost its charm. Not as welcoming or friendly as before. Musicians seemed to be playing by the numbers. Bring back Charlie!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010Rating: rosettes

david
 
heather
it is celtic david
am i still ok to go in for a drink with karen
good pub good music good bar staff
take care
david
Thursday, July 22, 2010Rating: No rosettes

James
 Great little bar
This is a fabulous traditional little bar, tastefully done, very neat and friendly and there seems to always be some live music.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010Rating: rosettes

Sheila
 Traditonal Old pub
A hidden gem! In the heart of historic Edinburgh and beside The Old College University quadrant. We came across this by accident but the lady behind the bar was very friendly. The pub was recently re-opened and has traditional folk music in the evenings. A young girl came in and played violin on the afternoon that we were there. She seemed to have a few friends sitting with her and it was a wonderful atmosphere if a little quiet.
Thursday, June 24, 2010Rating: rosettes

Fred
 Lost its charm
One for the tourists these days, locals not made to feel welcome anymore, pints are fine though
Tuesday, June 15, 2010Rating: rosettes

sam
 great nite
Friday, April 30, 2010Rating: rosettes

Rimma
 My Love
I love Sandy Bells, I remember it very often.
Sunday, February 7, 2010Rating: rosettes

john
 Closed
Been closed for a long time now. It has been a Revolution bar for a few years now.
Monday, December 21, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Niknar riatsila
 Amazin
Great atmosphere, the friendliest of staff, melt in the mouth food, Great selection of draught and bottled beer and huge selection of spirits, coffee served too. What more do u want?
Thursday, November 6, 2008Rating: rosettes

Jim
 Polar
A fantastic pub, loved the cask ales (best I have had in Scotland) would definitely recommend
Friday, May 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

Matt Izdinsky
 
Doctors has a new manager, the best ever, so it is worth visiting and the place is gonna rock!
Saturday, February 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Anonymous
 
I sat on the bar and took a crap. Yep I did ha eh..
Friday, February 9, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Anonymous
 
Great pub great food! great night out cheers kieran
Tuesday, February 6, 2007Rating: rosettes

Natalie...hawaii
 love it!!!
I came to Edinburgh for two weeks and spent most of it hanging out in the Brass Monkey. Everyone who works there is great and the pub it's self is a friendly and clean environment. You can meet people from all around the world and if you go I bet you'll have a blast!
Saturday, January 13, 2007Rating: No rosettes

J cassidy
 Friendly place and a great laugh
Great staff, loads of fun.

They put on loads of good stuff including bands and DJ's. Great for students and the rest.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Rob Peacock
 Definitely worth popping in
Great atmosphere - a cosy, friendly vibe. Agree with the last reviewer - it must be the best jukebox in Edinburgh. Always a couple of cracking real ales on too.
Sunday, October 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ryan Blackwood
 Geat bar! It's the people that make it!
Just read some less than flattering remarks elsewhere about the unsympathetic refurbishment - apparently Gordon Brown and Donald Dewar. Despite the few flaws The Brass Monkey is one of my favourite bars in Edinburgh! It's great that you can really lounge about and make new friends very quicky.
Monday, September 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Trisha
 Great pub
We've been there recently and were amazed at the changes - clean, friendly, inviting.
Friday, September 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

C
 hot barmen...
I totally subscribe to the bar man who works there is soooo hot! - not sure we're talking about the same one, but hey... ;) Oh...and YES, and it's a cool atmosphere,love the back room to lounge in.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

Gordon Littlejohn
 Great Beer, Great Tunes, Great Service
friendly bar staff, v pleasent atmosphere, fantastic selection of imported beers at very reasonable prices for the quality
Tuesday, August 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Yeah!
 Yeah!
Yeah!
Saturday, May 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

Diane Taylor
 Brilliant music pub
Excellent! Wonderful ambience. The main musicians that I saw were 4 fiddlers, a guitarist, a bodhran player and a whistle and clarinet player. I asked if I could join them and played on my couple of egg shakers.

It was very crowded! Do like I did and get there by 8.30 or you'll find yourself standing all evening.
Sunday, April 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

elainemarie
 Great for tourists and locals
A great bar - I have taken numerous visitors from overseas (some of whom rarely,if ever, venture into bars). they all have loved the bar, the locals and of course the music. This is a must for visitors and locals.
Friday, April 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

Tam
 Amazing pub
Absolutely terrific staff, the friendliest pub
in Scotland. Locals provide great chat from
footie to astrology. Nothing too much bother when serving drinks. Great pub = the best
Saturday, January 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Colin Gardner
 The best reading pub
I lived in Edinburgh for about 3 months a few years back to get away from it all and write a book. I went to The Old Bell almost nightly to read books and enjoy a good pint. The atmosphere is perfect, not too bright but not too dim. Wooden tables, stone walls. Lovely!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Adrian
 sterile
grey grey grey, what a boring lifeless pub. no longer can one find vets vomitting in the corner. no atmosphere, tryingto be a pretentious yah bar
Friday, November 25, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Emma
 It has Changed!
This use to be a great student pub, where you could rely on the cheap drinks and grungy atmosphere! Now it has been modernized with adverse effect! It has changed so much that I can guarantee that it has lost most of its old customers! It’s no longer going to be my local!
Friday, November 18, 2005Rating: rosettes

Oskar Fidjestøl
 Best pub in the world!
I have been in a few, and this was very special to me. The atmosphere is unique. To be called by my first name the third time I entered the pub, and also be invited to play along with some very fine musicians... It's really special. Although I didn't dare to play, I really enjoyed the offer and the occasionally wonderful music. It made my trip to Scotland. Michael is a good guy, may Sandy Bells prevail as a true part of Scottish culture in a rather touristic city. People and music gives a lot more to a tourist than a buying a red wig and a lousy bagpipe for five pounds. Thanks!
Friday, November 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

Emma
 LOVE IT!
I'm an aussie who worked at Swanys and loved it. I miss the banter and all the shite i got from the staff and the patrons. Lots of fun to be had!
Thursday, November 10, 2005Rating: rosettes

pleasance 2005
 the bar man who works there is soooo hot!
the bar man who works there is soooo hot!
Sunday, November 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mark Packham
 Everything a pub should be.
Pleasant value for money drinks, comfortable furniture, well decorated room and good service.
Saturday, October 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Steve and Jeanette
 Its Alive!!
Definately alive on the saturday night we went but the menu was inviting and the staff friendly, it got louder too and being on the wrong side of 45 i had to leave. (My wife was with me) We did go back the following day around tea time when it was much quieter but the food was as good and the waitress just as nice. A worthwhile visit.
Monday, October 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mike Schneider
 The New Bell is it!
I wasn't downstairs, but I visited the New Bell about two weeks ago and found it to be phantastic.

The food, the wine, the service: I found it nothing short of perfect.
I can fully understand the description of the duck dish described above.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

mackie
 this will be my first stop on the way home
this will be my first stop on the way home
Thursday, August 18, 2005Rating: rosettes

aquarius
 ya- dahlings!
Nice beer garden.

Service depends on the staff. Sometimes good. Sometimes surly.

Thursday, August 18, 2005Rating: rosettes

Sean Cartwright
 cosy, friendly

Now boasts one of the best selections of Single Malt Whisky in the Edinburgh Southside, and a juke-box with a classic pop bias.
Interesting guest ales and friendly banter are stock in trade.
Saturday, July 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

John
 Message
Message for David McNaughton at Pear Tree Edinburgh. Please pass on that would be great.
Hope you're doin OK. Having a nice time in Shetland. Phone no. is 01595 880865. Lots of love, Mum xx
You are a brilliant boy. We all love you loads. Jean xx
Tuesday, June 28, 2005Rating: No rosettes

lucy
 i,m going back
went into drouthy neebors to meet a friend who regularily visits and was really surprised, this small pub has big personality, the staff are fantastic, spoke to a woman called lesley ( i think she was the boss) while i waited for my friend, she was so friendly, my friend was very late and she made the wait interesting. the other staff were very friendly too. there was decent music on, and great offers on student drinks, i'm going back this weekend!!!!
Tuesday, June 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

Some Random
 FANTASTIC!
Beluga is the best ever! I love it!
Saturday, June 4, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Mouelle
 Scotland's Nostalgia
Hello, i'm a french guy who lived in Edinburg formerly. I apologize for my english but I don't have a really good english. I don't know if this place still working but I worked in the kitchen of the New Bell restaurant five years ago and it was a really good and famous restaurant.
I ate few times and the duck was orgasmic (a nice customer said us one time)
The Boss were really nice (Rick and Michelle) and the chef funny (Didier).
The Old Bell was really good too (downstairs).
Monday, April 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

hammy
 lively
this is a great bar all week round, hen & stag partys aplenty at the weekend. 2 large screens for the footie!!
Tuesday, March 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

michael kinsley
 great pub
great snacks, great beer, great service, what more could you want, football on the telly? yes they have that too!!! i'd recommend this place to anyone.
Monday, February 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Niall
 great sofa
Most of the back room is raised about a foot off the floor and covered in rugs, cushions and wee tables with drinks holders. The walls are covered from foot to ceiling in old movie posters. It's a great place to go and relax with some mates.
Sunday, February 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

jamie hulme
 cool bar
really good food and drink,student bar and the cheapest in the area. i had a party upstairs,and they made a great buffet and room is free!
Friday, February 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

chris smith
 what an improvement
i have recently been into drouthy neebors and see that they have been refurnished in lounge area, its is now really warm and inviting and they've got a lot more entertainment now. Definatly a good new local!!! p.s the staff are really nice too
Tuesday, February 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mike
 Great traditional old pub!
As a frequent business visitor to Edinburgh, I really look forward to spending an evening in this excellent pub - beers are great and staff are very polite and friendly!

I strongly recommend it!
Wednesday, December 29, 2004Rating: rosettes

Spirt of the age
 What happened?
the Junction bar used to serve the best food in the Southside. Stunning home made burgers, fantastic steaks, and a particularly ming blowing chilli. It now seems to be a hovel were old men gather and wait to die, and the place smells appalling. Wouldn't let my dog eat there now!
Wednesday, December 1, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Miguel (Dylan's mate)
 You've been in Heaven when you've been there!!!!
Forget about the lager, the ales and the malts...you can get all them in any good pub in Edinburgh but the best laugh of your life you can only have it with the locals at Swany's...specially with Mr Camp...the only one...the best...the unique!!!!!
Thursday, November 18, 2004Rating: rosettes

Sara Williams
 A hidden gem. Amazing food, thats very reasonable
This is a great bar. Its recently been taken over and the new menu is great! The food is amazing and very reasonably priced.

Fab for private functions.
Friday, November 5, 2004Rating: rosettes

petere job
 great atmosphere, fun and friendly staff
in here all the time, chilled out place yet still high standards. staff are great and very fun. place is still one of the hippest in town even without the usual beech wood and chrome!! highly recommended
Tuesday, September 14, 2004Rating: rosettes

Philippa
 just brillant
what a great pub! interesting locals always up for a laugh, I'll be seeing you soon guys!
Sunday, August 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

Keith
 Good bar
Bloody good bar

excellent prices for the centre of Edinburgh for both food and drink.

plus the bar girls are hot ;)
Wednesday, August 4, 2004Rating: rosettes

The Instigator (?)
 6?? Was it not 5?
Yes I believe we did! How many harmonies were there at once?? I still liked the free champagne though! :)
Saturday, July 24, 2004Rating: rosettes

JD's husband
 Paper Pants....
....I have never...... Do you remember the night we sang Happy Birtbhday to 6 different people; none of them celebrating a birthday it appeared - a weird pub man.
Friday, July 16, 2004Rating: rosettes

JD
 Paper......
pants! :) To name only one interesting topic from the fish room! lol.
Thursday, July 8, 2004Rating: rosettes

...
 Elija beware...
I think you're very talented
Tuesday, June 29, 2004Rating: rosettes

VW
 Gold Fish beware....
A rich mix of the interesting and bizarre a room for drinking with the fishes where odd things happen!
Tuesday, June 29, 2004Rating: rosettes

Micky Square
 Old Manager
When the old Manager Keith Mooney was in charge the place was really good with great food , service and beer. It's not the same without him.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004Rating: rosettes

Gary Rodney Cowan
 PISH!
Hasn't been the Woolpack for a long time.. wall to wall students with 200 decibel voices, even without the beer improving the student population would put you off it! Was better appreciated in its former life as a newspaper wholesalers! Woolpack indeed! PISH!
Friday, May 14, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Chris Hope
 I used to work there
I worked at The Doctor's Bar in 1995/1996 with Bryony, Clare and Lee who were the managers at the time. I had a great time as part of my stay in Europle (I'm from New Zealand) and made a lot of friends when I worked there.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004Rating: rosettes

Andrew
 One of the best I've been in!
I've been going to the Brass Monkey for a while, and its by far one of my favourite. Staff are very friendly, good music, fireplace, leather seats, seperate rooms, and the mini-theatre with a BED! Now thats one nice touch. Reasonably good prices, especially for Edinburgh. I highly recommend it!
Monday, April 19, 2004Rating: rosettes


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