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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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2014 edition.

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

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