Babbity’s is a beautiful, bright pub/restaurant/hotel in a Georgian building tucked away on a lane in Merchant City. Everything about this place is spot-on – the food, the friendly staff, the live music, the atmosphere and the location. Here’s a suggestion – take a walk up to the Necropolis (check the article) to get a good view of the city – it’s about a 15 minute walk away – and head down to Babbity’s around 2pm.
The smell of the peat fire will hit you as you open the door. The musician pals who play here every week will just be warming up. Have a dram while you’re listening to the music. Have another dram. Order a big plate of haggis, neeps and tatties (£6.95). They serve vegetarian haggis too, which is just as good. Go the whole hog and have a clootie dumpling too (£4.95) – a rich fruit pudding we eat at Hogmanay. By 4 o’clock the place will be heaving with musicians and punters and you’ll be glad you were there early for a seat. Copenhagen spotter Stefan loved it here. It’s the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon.