Taking its name from the Coen brothers film, The Big Lebowski, it wouldn’t surprise anyone that Lebowski’s main selling point are its White Russians.
What is surprising, however, is how many different variations Lebowski’s have managed to make on the White Russian. All of the drinks are named after characters from the film, and are very well prepared. Even if you don’t like the taste of vodka, there is still plenty on offer. For a unique Scottish take on the White Russian, there is the Gutter Ball which is Buckfast tonic wine blended with Kahlua and 50/50 milk. I enjoyed the Nihilist which features La Fee Bohemian Absinthe, Kahlua, and 50/50 milk.
As you can probably imagine, the drinks are slightly more expensive due to the quality of the ingredients, and you can expect to pay around £ 5 for a White Russian. If – like me, you’re more of a beer drinker – there are plenty of other things to try – a friend of mine always insists we go to Lebowski’s because he swears the Guinness is the best in Edinburgh!
It’s the sort of place I would go for one or two drinks after catching a film at the Cameo (check the Cameo article) or Filmhouse (check the Filmhouse article), or if I had seen a show across the road at the Traverse or Lyceum. However, at the weekends there is music, and it can get quite rowdy so I tend to avoid going too late at night.