The Tourmalet

The Tourmalet
25 Buchanan Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8SQ
  • Telephone 0131 555 4387
  • Seasonal times Festival and Hogmanay: open late.
  • Bar open Sun-Fri 4pm–1am; Sat 2pm–1am.
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Laid-back local boozer with a cycling theme

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The Tourmalet (like its sister bar the Ventoux in Tollcross) is named after a strenuous stretch of the Tour de France. The theme extends to yellow-jersey coloured walls and an array of vintage cycling posters and interesting memorabilia. There’s a comfy little back room with a clutter of board games and books for a rainy afternoon, it’s dog-friendly and child-free, and the whole thing adds up to a cosy spot for locals looking to while away an hour or two with a laid-back pint. The breadth of the beer selection is perhaps not what it once was, but there is still an interesting range of bottled Belgian and German beers alongside a selection on tap. There’s no food – apart from the odd pickled egg – but customers are welcome to have a takeaway delivered.

  • High point: Interesting things to look at
  • Low point: Could do with a bit of a spruce up
  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 80s hits
  • Capacity: 60 standing, 30 seated
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

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