The Basement Bar and Restaurant
- Telephone 0131 557 0097
- Opening times Daily: noon–1am.
- Seasonal times Festival licence until 3am.
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am
- Food served Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri/Sat 11am–11pm
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.basement-bar-edinburgh.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
Long-acknowledged by regulars in the Broughton Street area and from further afield as being an atmospheric wee hideaway for a late-night drink and a reasonable choice for a Mexican-flavoured bite to eat, the Basement’s recent purchase and refurbishment by the Signature Pubs group (whose portfolio also includes the Huxley and 99 Hanover Street) has been a breath of fresh air, even banishing the bar staff’s tacky Hawaiian shirts to the dustbin of history. A fresh, modern redesign includes quirky features like a wall of suspended plant pots and sliding wall-mounted shutters that reveal pieces of art by local artists, which complements a similarly fashionable but adventurous Tex-Mex menu. Among the highlights are a fresh, fruity ceviche of sea bream, chilli and pink grapefruit and a pot of cochinita pilbil (a thick stew of pork belly and pulled pork, topped with cooked slices of chorizo and morcilla), while the familiar fajitas, enchiladas and tequila cocktails are also available.
- High point: A welcome and convincing reboot of a bar with a strong reputation
- Low point: The location sadly means it’s off limits to anyone with mobility issues
- Notable dish: Scrabster haddock taco.
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 30 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 1994
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £14.75 per bottle
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