Rabble Taphouse & Grill
'Rough luxe' uptown bar-brasserie attracting style-conscious office workers and party-goers with cocktails, beer from copper tanks and low, slow grills.
Even Edinburgh institutions have to change sometimes. Rick’s had been packing them in for almost 20 years before owners Montpeliers decided to ring the changes last summer, creating Rabble, Edinburgh’s first ‘rough-luxe’ taphouse. There’s a lot to like about the renovation, which brings together high-end finishes with rough and ready wall cladding and lots of greenery, opening out the space to nicely pull off the trick of separating the booths from the main bar while still connecting diners to the busy bar area. Food leans heavily towards the charcoal grill – ribs, steaks and Iberian pork are all present and correct. From the lighter dishes, a seabass is well-cooked but misses the tandoori hits of spice promised by the menu. An attention-grabbing sharing espresso Martini pud stands out but the humbler peanut butter and chocolate tart is fudgy and sweet and won’t leave you feeling like you’ve missed out if your dining partner inexplicably doesn't want to share. Regular menu and drinks offers build a loyal crowd, pulling them into a bar now dominated by two gleaming tanks of unpasteurised Staropramen and creating a buzz on even otherwise quiet nights.
- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- No. overnight rooms: 10
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Mixed contemporary tunes
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
- House wine: £19.75 per bottle