Under the Stairs Edinburgh

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Under the Stairs – Classy cocktail cave

Under the Stairs is, as the name suggests, hidden down a stairs underneath Edinburgh’s Central Library. You need to be almost on the subterranean level of the Cowgate to find it. From the outside it looks like a regular bar but on the inside it is cool and quirky. Done out in junk shop chic, imagine the front room of your cocktail loving, deck spinning, granny!

The friendly bar staff offer an extensive range of cocktails which are expertly put together. If you are more interested in beers they have a good selection of international brands, such as Kirin, on draught.

The food menu is a good mix of burgers, salads and Asian inspired treats. Try the crab and couscous cakes! They also do a great soup and quesadilla for £ 7 deal at lunchtime (Mon – Fri 12:00 – 16:00). Service is table only, so get there early (or book) on the weekend to grab a seat at a retro table.

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Details about this spot



3a Merchant St., Edinburgh

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 12:00 - 01:00, Sun 12:00 - 00:00


Cocktails from: £ 6.95


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)