The Brass Monkey Leith
- Telephone 0131 554 5286
- Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30pm–1am.
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 6–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–8pm
- Average price £3.50 (set lunch); £8.50 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
The latest addition in the effort to turn Leith Walk into Edinburgh’s premier street for welcoming and quirky local boozers, the Brass Monkey is the sister venue of Drummond Street’s long-established original branch, a bar with a mainly studenty crowd and a bunk-seated cinema in the back room showing classic films at 3pm every day. The newer bar also has a big screen, showing films at 1pm if it’s busy enough, but its catchment demographic is as broad as its odd Art Deco-meets-classic Oriental décor. There’s a dartboard, a quiz on Monday, an open-access jam session on Tuesday and some above-average pub meals, including pizzas and juicy home-made beefburgers, the latter of which are on a two-for-£8.50 offer during weekday lunchtimes.
- High point: The beer menu is excellent
- Low point: Gets a bit hectic on a weekend night
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: A mix chosen by the staff
- Capacity: 180
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2011
- House wine: £9.50 per bottle
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