Kay’s Bar

Kay’s Bar
39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HF
  • Telephone 0131 225 1858
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30–11pm
  • Food served Fri–Sat noon–2.30pm; Sun 12.30–2.30pm
  • Average price £7.50 (lunch)
  • Email
  • Website www.kaysbar.co.uk
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

A classic New Town pub, small and unimposing next to the grand tenements around it but filled with a diverse clientele from all walks of life, Kay’s has recently come under the ownership of the old bar manager following the former owner’s retirement. A bit of a spruce-up hasn’t damaged what folk love about it, though. Still intact are the old-fashioned Victorian charm, the range of fifty whiskies and seven real ales and the homely barfly ballast of pies, haggis or mince with beans. With no music on it’s a pub for conversation in the open-front bar or the snug in the back, but its legacy as one of the city’s best rugby pubs means you’d best take an interest if there’s a televised match on.

  • High point: Huge amounts of classic character
  • Low point: Non-rugby fans beware on match day
  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing.
  • Capacity: 100 standing, 30 seated
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 1976
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £14 per bottle