Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors
159 Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 7AD
  • Telephone 0131 467 0402
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 5pm–1am Fri–Sun 3pm–1am
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 5pm–midnight; Fri–Sun 3pm–1am.
  • Average price £3 (stromboli slice)
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Smoke & Mirrors

A friendly local bar with a mellow vibe and a planet-friendly ethos.

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Smoke and Mirrors is a wee bar with a big heart. Sweep aside the velvet curtain and you’ll find ambient lighting, comfy mismatched furniture, psychedelic art and a warm welcome. You couldn’t be further from the bright gleam of a city centre cocktail bar, but the drinks are just as good (if not better). There’s a really friendly vibe, with clientele as diverse as Leith itself – old-timers from the bar’s Alan Breck days still perch happily at the bar. Beers are local and there’s a small but lovingly chosen wine list with a delicious selection of organic and biodynamic wines, most of which are available by the glass. Food is very limited (mainly stromboli) which allows staff to focus on the seasonally changing cocktails, which all highlight local spirits and mixers and show a real level of care. No illusions here, this is a magic local pub.

  • High point: Great drinks and a relaxed community feel
  • Low point: Trippy lighting won’t be for everyone
  • Notable dish: Fair Trade Espresso Martini
  • Average price: £3 (stromboli slice)
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz and trip-hop
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £18 per bottle