The Basement Bar and Restaurant

The Basement Bar and Restaurant
10–12a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RH
  • Telephone 0131 557 0097
  • Opening times Daily: noon–1am.
  • Seasonal times Festival licence until 3am Fri–Sat.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri/Sat 11am–11pm.
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The Basement Bar and Restaurant

Long-standing New Town bar with full-on Mexican menu and a mega selection of tequilas.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The Basement’s lively but laid-back vibe has been beckoning a regular crowd to Broughton Street for two decades. If you’ve not been for a while, don’t dismiss the Basement as something you've already done or – worse – its Mexican-influenced menu as simply spiced-up pub grub. From the día de muertos artwork to the carefully curated cocktails, tequilas and mezcals, attention to detail is evident in every effort to bring a flavour of Mexico alive – with the food no exception. Punchy guacamole, freshly prepared at your table for added theatre, is the only way to get the fiesta started (other appetisers are available). Next, decide on sharers; a selection of small plates or go full-on grande with large plates combining inventive and vibrant sweet, sour and spicy meat, fish and vegetable fillings, within more familiar flour and corn-based confines. For a different take on chilli, try jackfruit (the vegan equivalent of pulled pork) scooped up with equally intriguing mouthfuls of green rice. Or, if you prefer your protein chargrilled and melt-in-the-mouth, steak fajitas are a safe bet.

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Gill Thomson visited The Basement Bar and Restaurant on 19 January 2018
  • High point: Good food, good service and good times
  • Low point: Ditch the olives and burgers and go full-on Mexican
  • Notable dish: Guacemole with corn chips
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)

The Basement Bar and Restaurant is a genuine Edinburgh institution, long favoured by locals and found by savvy travellers. Known for its good quality, imaginative food, carefully chosen drinks list and home-spun cocktails, served by knowledgeable staff in eclectic surroundings. It is advisable to book a table any day of the week as tables always seem to be busy in the separate restaurant area, however the same menu is served in the bar.

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  • Private dining: Up to 15 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Hip hop
  • Live entertainment: 7–9pm live acoustic sets; DJ 9–11pm on Fri–Sun
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 1994
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle

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Edinburgh Generative Coaching, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy

The purpose of this group is to provide a platform of self development for anyone interested in using hypnotherapy, coaching or generative trance meditation. Generative trance meditation, hypnotherapy and coaching is a blend of both western traditional methods of hypnotherapy, meditation and eastern & escoteric…

Wed 27 Mar

£10 / 0131 557 0097

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 24 Apr

£10 / 0131 557 0097

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 22 May

£10 / 0131 557 0097

  • 19:00 – 21:00
…and 4 more dates until 25 Sep

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