The Barologist

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The Barologist
23 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6JA
  • Telephone 0131 554 9999
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–10pm.
  • Average price £16 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
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The newest Commercial Street watering hole is a weather-themed bar offering a crowd-pleasing range of pub food and drinks.

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Being greeted at the door by an eccentric top-hatted man isn’t the most conventional start to a Leith night out. It transpires that this character is fictitious inventor Ulysses G Houston, aka the barologist, who is keen to show off his weather-themed home. The former Cameo Bar, always a bit of a tardis, has been transformed into a set of seasonal rooms embellished by an abundance of ornaments; a Phileas Fogg-inspired rotating hot-air balloon, rain statues, brass contraptions that produce clouds – you name it, and if it’s weather-related it’s probably there. The theme extends to the cocktails, which can even come with an image of your own face projected on to the foam top – handy if you need reminding what it looks like. The cocktail list’s extreme weather section might involve a Dark and Stormy or Filthy Pornstar, while the sunshine in a glass section features a cinnamon cough-syrupy number. Ulysses’ food tastes are less adventurous – crowd-pleasers like burgers, fish and chips and mushroom linguine all reinforce that the décor is the main event here.

  • High point: Immersive weather theme is quirky and unusual
  • Low point: A bit style over substance
  • Notable dish: Cocktails with plenty of creativity
  • Average price: £16 (lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 40-60
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Latest hits
  • Live entertainment: DJ from 10pm on Friday & Saturday nights
  • Capacity: 165 (sitting), 200+ (standing)
  • Largest group: 200+
  • Open since: 2018
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).