The Outhouse

The Outhouse
12a Broughton Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3LY
  • Telephone 0131 557 6668
  • Opening times Mon–Thu & Sun 5pm–1am; Fri & Sat 3pm–1am
  • Seasonal times Sun–Thu 5pm–1am (5pm–3am during August); Fri, Sat 3pm–1am (3pm–3am during August)
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 3–11pm
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The Outhouse’s location is both its plus point and its disadvantage. Hidden away down a cobbled lane off bustling Broughton Street, it’s not the easiest place to find unless you know you’re looking for it, but it’s also got a certain amount of backstreet charm, a feeling you’ve discovered somewhere off the beaten track in the heart of the city. Although the owners have made conscious steps to move away from a pre-club vibe and turn the place into an attraction in its own right, the atmosphere is still young and lively on weekend nights, and Fridays through summer see a DJ playing soul, funk and hip-hop tracks. It’s got a great beer garden, and although food isn’t something the Outhouse does on the premises, a link-up with excellent Leith pizza parlour La Favorita allows customers to order in pizza and pasta from a shortened menu for priority delivery. A feature is also made of regularly changing wall murals created by local artists, while the upstairs function room is used for private parties and some performances during the Fringe Festival.

  • High point: The feeling of discovering a hidden secret
  • Low point: Cobbled alleyways are tough on high heels
  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Live music every second Wed; DJs every Fri in Jul and Aug; Fringe events throughout Aug
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1998
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £11/13 per bottle

Events at this venue


New compositions and superlative playing from the contemporary jazz quartet with Martin Kershaw (saxes), Graeme Stephen (guitar), Mario Caribe (bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums).

Thu 23 Nov

£9 (£7) / 0131 557 6668

Playtime with Robert Henderson

  • 20:00 – 22:30

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