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 Bar Alba, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

 

Bar Alba
11-13 Grassmarket
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH1 2HY

Contact:Unknown
Tel: 0131 229 2665
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Features
Wine Selection * Bar Food * Town/City Pubs

About the Pub
  Formerly known as The Fiddlers this recently renovated pub is now on the lines of a cafe/ bar with comfortable seating and large windows overlooking the Grassmarket. The large pewter style bar has a good selection of wines and the food menu is reasonably priced. The amenities are downstairs. Situated to the end of the main drinkers pubs, Bar Alba is a good place to enjoy a drink and read the papers.
Linda - Aug 2002
 
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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, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: No 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, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: No rosettes

georgina wright
omfg
Only one word.

Horrendous!!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: rosettes

catherine wright
no thank you,fiddlers rest
Awful....:......................................................................nothing else to add..............................................
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Rating: 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, 2012
Rating: No 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: No 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

bill
very busy so book if you are eating.very good folk band
Monday, August 29, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

julia higgins
oh dear,i do not like
Oh my god. That's being polite
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: 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, 2011
Rating: No 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, 2010
Rating: No 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, 2006
Rating: No 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, 2005
Rating: No 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, 2005
Rating: 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, 2004
Rating: No 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, 2004
Rating: No rosettes

 
 
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Bar Alba
11-13 Grassmarket
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH1 2HY

Contact:Unknown
Tel: 0131 229 2665
See Map

 



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