Waverley Bar

Waverley Bar
1 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TA
  • Telephone 0131 557 1050
  • Food served Sun–Thu 11.30am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11.30–1am.
  • Average price Soup and toastie £6; pie and a pint £7.50 (set lunch); £4 (bar snack)
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A simple, classic Edinburgh bar whose near-century of history has been respected under new ownership.

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The Waverley Bar lay untouched for a year after the death of its owner ‘Captain’ Ian Walker in early 2016, his family having owned it since the 1920s. But this much-missed fixture of Edinburgh’s traditional pub circuit has now returned. To their credit, owners Caledonian Heritable have changed the atmospheric Victorian interior very little, with the maroon wood panelling, bright horseshoe bar and decorative Fringe flyers from years gone by lending the same convivial air. The upstairs room hosts folk sessions on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, as well as Fringe shows in August. While the tap selection is limited to Tennant’s, Guinness or cider, 60 whiskies and 40 gins offer drinkers variety, and the food range has increased slightly from the Captain’s bags of free crisps to include lentil soup, toasties and a selection of hot pies.

  • High point: A pub with real classic character which honours its history
  • Low point: Overload of Billy Connolly memorabilia in the gent's suggests a tourist-focus
  • Notable dish: Mince and tattie pie.
  • Average price: Soup and toastie £6; pie and a pint £7.50 (set lunch); £4 (bar snack)
  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Folk sessions on Fri evenings and Sun afternoons.
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1891 (2017 under new owners)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 10 events at this location

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Alexander Bennett: They Call Me Daddy Punchlines

Alexander Bennett / PBH's Free Fringe The rising cult comic presents a show for those without hope, looking for some. He's often dark, silly, filthy and thoughtful. Do come if you like the sound of those adjectives. Expect oversharing. ★★★★ (Stage). ★★★★★ (One4Review.co.uk). 'A producer and performer of some…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Becky Fury's One Hour to Save the World (in 55 Minutes)

Becky Fury / PBH's Free Fringe And other noble-minded nonsense… 'An hour to save the world. 59 minutes to define the problem and one minute to solve it', is a quote wrongly attributed to Einstein. It allegedly takes one hour to save the world, unfortunately we only have 55 minutes. Becky Fury (pronoun: the), your…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Evil Queen Rules!

Janis Haves / PBH's Free Fringe The evil queen usually gets bad press, but not in this show. An irreverent, pulls-no-punches celebration of being all grown up in a princess world. Great songs and packed full of punchlines, a mixture of stand-up comedy and songs so catchy you’ll be singing them for days. Come and find…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Tue 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 25 Aug

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Fri 28 Jun

suggested donation £4–£5 / 0131 557 1050

Four legs Good, Two Legs Bad with Daniel Serridge

Martin Angolo – Q: Is It Comedy? A: Well It's Martin Angolo!

Martin Angolo / PBH's Free Fringe Ireland's best joke-teller returns to the Fringe with his new show full of one-liners and silly observations. This show is all about spreading joy in dark times through jokes. Escape the real world and laugh. Expect variations on the format and silliness from one of the most in-demand…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Paul Savage: Shame Spiral

Paul Savage / PBH's Free Fringe Paul Savage is no stranger to shame. And that's before you add in being a straight white man. Sigh #himtoo. A show about identity, memory and fry-ups. 'Wonderful way with words' (BBC Radio WM). 'Razor-sharp wit' ★★★★ (Advertiser, Adelaide). Top 10 jokes of the fringe 2017 (Guardian…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Rhyme Marmalade

Melanie Branton / PBH's Free Fringe Where do gnus do their shopping? What are you supposed to do with broccoli? Where can you go in a time machine? Performance poetry, stories and songs for children (and adults, if they promise to behave). Very silly with lots of joining-in bits. Melanie Branton is a multi slam-winning…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 25 Aug

Sarah Southern: Tentatively Tory

Sarah Southern / PBH's Free Fringe Sarah Southern worked for the Conservative Party for many years and helped get them elected in 2010. But nine years on, is she still true blue? This is a tale of elections, campaigning, Prime Ministers, Linda at the Job Centre, negative equity, referendums and why David Cameron keeps…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Steffan Alun and Support: You Can't Escape Free Stand-Up

Steffan Alun / PBH's Free Fringe The Welsh optimist returns to the festival – and this year, he's been trying to escape. The result? 45 minutes of excellent stand-up comedy. His fourth solo show will quickly recap the previous three, so there's no better time to jump on board. The show also includes a support act…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 24 Aug

A Time Slot with Ger Staunton

Ger Staunton / PBH's Free Fringe Described last year as the best-kept secret of the Fringe, one of Ireland's best comedy writers returns with another brand-new show. Staunton's conversational style of comedy makes an hour in his company a joyous getaway from the hustle of the packed Edinburgh streets. Grab a drink, sit…

Sat 3 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug