The Auld Hoose

The Auld Hoose
The Auld Hoose
23–25 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QN
  • Telephone 0131 668 2934
  • Seasonal times festival late license
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–12.45am; Sun 12.30pm–12.45am.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–9.30pm; Sun 12.30–8pm.
  • Average price £12 (lunch); £14 (evening meal)
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Traditional beer-focused pub which has benefited from sympathetic modernisation. Legendary hardcore/metal/punk jukebox along with equally famous nachos.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Dating back to the 1860’s, the Auld Hoose has been recently modernised without losing its charm. Essentially a traditional (and child-free) boozer, the 2016 refurbishment saw new seating installed, along with a kitchen and bathroom overhaul. There’s a diverse clientele, including student society groups and those attracted by a jukebox stuffed full of punk, metal and goth anthems. There are discounts for students and CAMRA members, along with a decent selection of ales and malts dispensed by a good-natured bar team. The food largely focuses on the standards – burgers, dogs, and mac and cheese – with vegetarian and vegan versions of these available too. A plate of nachos, towering high and slathered in chilli, jalapeños, sour cream and guacamole certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the biggest in town, while burgers are competently done.

  • High point: Pleasant lo-fi blend of modern and traditional
  • Low point: Some of the bench seats are a tight squeeze
  • Notable dish: Beef or Bean Chilli Nachos, topped with cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, and guacamole
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: punk/harcore/goth/metal
  • Live entertainment: pub quiz nights
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 1865
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle