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.
  • Email
  • Website
Photo of The Basement Bar and Restaurant

Jump to times or articles

The Basement Bar and Restaurant

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

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

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 (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.

Text supplied by third party.

  • 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

Events at this venue

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 25 Sep

£10 / 0131 557 0097

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Reviews & features

Best dog-friendly pubs and cafés in Edinburgh

21 May 2018

Where to grab some good grub with your dog by your side

As the number of hipster bars and cafés rises in Edinburgh, so too does the number of dog-friendly joints. We've picked out some of the best places to grab a pint and some food when you're out and about with your pooch.

Take Three: Good pub grub

14 Feb 2008

The Butterfly and the Pig 153 Bath Street, Glasgow 0141 221 7711, Unique and a little zany, this flighty butterfly and dashing pig have made a rather refreshing splash across the Glasgow pub food scene. The retro décor…