The Basement Bar and Restaurant

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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.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sat 11am–5pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12
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The Basement Bar and Restaurant

Young and vibrant bar and restaurant tucked away in a Broughton Street basement, dishing up Tex-Mex food.

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Held fondly in the hazy memories of imbibers of a certain age, Broughton Street favourite The Basement stays ever-popular, as much for its food as its range of tequilas and mezcals – the largest in Scotland. Now under the slick stewardship of Signature Pubs, this boisterous den draws you down to Margaritaville with an interesting menu of Mexican dishes and a lengthy list of cocktails. Fire up with a bowl of freshly concocted house guacamole. Sample a starter like salmon and crayfish ceviche served with avocado hummus; try a pair of totty tacos like the cheeseburger taco (oh yes); then get stuck into mains like beef brisket and chorizo chilli, with its chocolate and ale sauce; or Veracruz bream – a grilled fillet on potato and pea shoot salad with black olive oil. Finish with chocolate pistachio and avocado brownie with avocado and lime mousse, or an almond, cinnamon and vanilla panacotta. Now, how about a round of tequilas?

The List's rating






James Teideman visited The Basement Bar and Restaurant on 13 February 2019
  • High point: Freshly prepared guacamole
  • Low point: Music in the bar area a bit loud for dining
  • Notable dish: Fresh guacamole
  • Average price: £12 (Mon–Sat 11am–5pm); £24 (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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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rock and pop music
  • Live entertainment: DJ 9–11pm on Fri/Sat; Sun 7–9pm live acoustic sets
  • Capacity: 80 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1994
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle

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