Bar 50

Bar 50
Bar 50
50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE
  • Telephone 0131 524 3252
  • Seasonal times Bar hours extended in Festival to 3am.
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 9am–midnight; Fri/Sat 9am-1am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8-10.30am, noon–10pm; Sat/Sun 8am–10pm.
  • Average price £10 (lunch); £10 (evening meal)
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Popular pit stop for both travellers and passers by, accessible from both Blackfriars Street and The Cowgate,

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019/20 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

Fortunately for backpackers seeking refuge after long hours of travelling to Scotland’s capital, the journey to one of the Cowgate’s liveliest and most hospitable bars is a short one. As well as beds for visitors to the city, Smart City Hostel by Safestay have created an open lounge space for mingling and refuelling. A buffet breakfast for guests is a backpackers dream – haggis is incorporated, to fuel a day of exploring. Their all-day menu attempts to maintain a Scottish theme, offering Innis and Gunn battered fish and chips, and bursting at the brim Buccleuch burgers, among other stodgy options. As for drinks, the recommended cocktails are dangerously priced at £3.50 a pop, while other options include a far too drinkable Star Anise Martini and a good selection of Scottish whiskies and beers.

  • High point: Live entertainment on two nights of the week
  • Low point: Although the menu clarifies that (g) means gluten free, the (g) offerings are minimal
  • Notable dish: Southern fried chicken burger.
  • Average price: £10 (lunch); £10 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie Pop
  • Live entertainment: Open mic evenings, quiz, festival events (comedy), occasional BBQs.
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Events at this venue

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Cowgate Comedy

Join us for a great night of stand-up comedy at Bar 50 @bar50edin featuring some of the best and most exciting emerging comedians on the Scottish comedy circuit.

Sun 6 Feb

£6 / 0131 524 3252