Candy Bar & Diner

Candy Bar & Diner
113–115 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN
  • Telephone 0131 225 9179
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 9–1am.
  • Seasonal times Festival, Hogmanay: extended hours
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–9pm.
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Candy Bar & Diner

Lively cocktail bar with appealing food and a welcoming atmosphere.

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Past pavement-side tables and bright murals below ground, this George St bar opens to an appealing basement space. It’s popular with a varied crowd, thanks to a decent menu that offers good deals for tighter purse strings. The relaxed and friendly daytime atmosphere, accompanied by coffee and cold-pressed juices, livens up in the evening when a range of guest DJs and drinks offers (cocktails for £5 and beer or wine for even less) bring the average age down a notch. Wait staff are friendly and clearly care about what they’re serving – recommendations are plentiful, as are the choices. Bites (which come in threes for just over a tenner) include tasty crab cake poppers, hot wings in the kitchen’s tangy sauce and lettuce tacos for the health-conscious. Stone-baked pizzas are the stars of the mains, with genre-hopping toppings like crispy duck and hoi sin or chicken Caesar salad. Finish off with a hard shake and a shimmy to the funky music.

The List's rating






Cat McCabe visited Candy Bar & Diner on 21 June 2018
  • High point: Hits the right notes for a variety of tastes
  • Low point: Cocktails may be a little gimmicky
  • Notable dish: Sourdough pizzas
  • Average price: £12.50 (lunch); £12.50 (dinner)

Energetic urban eatery and subterranean drinking den. All day fast, casual and affordable food and drinks. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night snacks - Candy Bar & Diner is Edinburgh's newest all-day hangout.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Varied pop, funk and dance
  • Live entertainment: DJs Wed–Sun, weekly quiz, big sporting events.
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2001
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £20 per bottle
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