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65 Lothian Road | Lothian, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
+44 131 228 8400
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good43%
  • Average7%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
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65 Lothian Road | Lothian, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a great atmosphere and lots of places to grab a seat. Friendly staff and reasonably priced food and drink

1  Thank dgstravelinfo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

not a single soul eating but this place stunk ! scampi or fish but not great , staff more interested in blowing balloons up ,3 lots walked out as no staff at bar ,we stood waiting for few mins ,got served when he was finished...More

1  Thank MerseysideMike1991
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Good selection of Gins, nice gin glasses, prices are comparable with what I’m used to back at home very busy but still service was reasonably quick, empty glasses collected from the tables with a smile. Would visit again if up for a gig would have...More

1  Thank Mrsvineberg
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Nice bar which I visit every time I m in Edinburgh. Good selection of real ales, and good well cooked food to accompany. Friendly staff make this a good place to eat or drink

1  Thank Benniskeeper
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Uptown visiting the festival so we popped in for lunch, although the pub was fairly busy we managed to get a table. Ordered at the bar, staff were very pleasant and service was good. Enjoyed our lunch very much and will be back again soon.

1  Thank James S
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Waited at least 10 minutes to get served at the bar, several people behind us left in frustration. Decided to stay for food after seeing the menu, ordered gammon and eggs, service was fast however the quality was highly disappointing. The stakes were dripping in...More

1  Thank Ewan B
GManager15, Manager at Shakespeare, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Hi Ewan, thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback, and would like to discuss further the issues encountered during your visit. If you are happy to talk further, please contact us on 0131 228 8400.

Reviewed 20 August 2017

Came here for a drink before lunch, nice place by the concert hall, service was ok and friendly, tables needed cleared so seemed a little untidy

Thank stuart w
GManager15, Manager at Shakespeare, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Hi Stuart, thank you for your review! We have taken your feedback on board. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your experience with us, and we hope you visit again in future.

Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This pub is well located for a post concert drink being situated next to Usher Hall. There is a wide range of whiskey wine and beer. There is plenty of seating and a spacious bar.

1  Thank 2017Helen
theManager2017, Manager at Shakespeare, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Hi Helen, thank you for your review! We take pride in serving such an extensive range of premium spirits, wine and beer, so we appreciate the positive feedback!

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Nice outside but very cold atmosphere inside, the waiter didn't listen to us and served pints instead of the half pints we ordered. The beer was warm, unpleasant full pints!More

Thank Soline A
theManager2017, Manager at Shakespeare, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback Soline, we are sorry you did not enjoy your experience here. As we take pride in our range of craft beers and cask ales as well as our friendly service, we would really like to discuss your visit further to...More

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We visited here based on other reviews from TA. I got the steak which, not even joking, is possibly the best steak I've even had! My girlfriend got the scampi, which too was amazing. The atmosphere is so chilled and relaxed it's perfect. Staff were...More

Thank Bin16
theManager2017, Manager at Shakespeare, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your steak so much! Our drinks menu is in the works so we will soon be able to offer a complete wine and cocktail list :) We hope to see you again!

West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in
industrial Britain had their most desirable
neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes.
Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest
citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind
grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel
crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and
sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Lothian Road | Lothian, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +44 131 228 8400
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