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 11 events at this location

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Alexander Bennett: Housewives' Favourite

Alexander Bennett / PBH's Free Fringe Tragedy + time + a desperate need to fill a void in your heart = comedy. Alexander Bennett is an award-nominated comedian and creator of the cult fringe show Hell To Play. He’s emotionally broken and quietly desperate. Funny guy. ★★★★ (Stage). ★★★★★ (One4Review.co.uk). 'Touched…

Sat 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Sun 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Mon 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

Another Time Slot With Ger Staunton

Ger Staunton / PBH's Free Fringe A nice, relaxed way to spend an hour of your Edinburgh Fringe with conversational-style delivery from 'one of the best comedy writers in Ireland' (Aidan Bishop, The International Comedy Club, Dublin). 'Incredibly Funny' (Examiner). 'Weaving stories in the true tradition of Irish comedy…

Sat 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Sun 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Mon 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

Braw Gigs Presents: Frankie Stubbs (leatherface) + Support

FRANKIE STUBBS As one of the most influential and revered songwriters of his generation, it is our distinct pleasure to welcome legendary Leatherface singer/songwriter back to Scotland. Having recently emerged to play shows in Hamburg and to wow the devoted crowd at Pouzza Fest in Montreal, Make That A Take and…

Sat 15 Sep

£8.80 / 0131 557 1050

Cassie Atkinson – Swan Songs

Cassie Atkinson / PBH's Free Fringe Join Cassie (second place, Musical Comedy Awards 2018) for a few ditties, a little bit of death and a whole lot of fun. Words on BBC Radio 4 and popped up on ITV and E4. 'Future national treasure’ ★★★★ (ToDoList.org.uk). ‘Most vivacious presence on stage’ (Financial Times). Age…

Sat 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Sun 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Mon 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

…and 17 more dates until 26 Aug

Crizards Cromedy Show

Crizards / PBH's Free Fringe Crizards come to Edinburgh with some spicy cromedy concerning bronze, weevils and utility bills. Will and Eddy (the Crizard boys) are an offbeat double act specialising in bulletproof patter and groovy audiovisual happenings. Crizards were third place champions of the Leicester Square…

Sat 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Sun 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Mon 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night.

Fri 27 Jul

Suggested donation £4 or £5 / 0131 557 1050

Led by storyteller Jane Mather

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Loose Comedy

Weekly stand-up comedy night hosted by Reg Anderson.

Tue 24 Jul

Free / 0131 557 1050

  • 21:00 – 22:30

Tue 31 Jul

Free / 0131 557 1050

  • 21:00 – 22:30

Northern Power Blouse – Up Your Promenade

Northern Power Blouse / PBH's Free Fringe Saunter down the promenade with Northern Power Blouse for a show full of sketches, silly songs and larger-than-life characters. Between them they've written for BBC Radio 4, Comic Relief, Comedy Central, popped up on ITV and E4, and have been finalists for the BAFTA Rocliffe…

Sat 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Sun 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Mon 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

…and 10 more dates until 18 Aug

Relatively Normal

Aaron Levene / PBH's Free Fringe Why are comics so messed up? Aaron Levene introduces a rolling line-up of four top comedians each day as they joke about the one trauma that unites us all, our families. 'I thought I had a messed up family, but growing up with Aaron I can emphatically state he had it much, much worse.

Sat 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Sun 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Mon 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

…and 20 more dates until 26 Aug

Sympathetic Magick

New work from artist Ruth Ewan and magician Ian Saville, combining magic with a political edge.

Sat 28 Jul

Free / 0131 557 1050

Places limited. Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 20:00

Wedding Guest Extraordinaire: Sarah Southern

Sarah Southern / PBH's Free Fringe Full of joy and love following the royal wedding, the Wedding Guest Extraordinaire has brought her obsession with love matches to Edinburgh and wants to share her tales with you. She’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of some of her latest nuptials and share some cheeky stories. If you…

Sat 4 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Sun 5 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

Mon 6 Aug

Upstairs Lounge

Free / 0131 557 1050

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

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug