The Compass Bar

The Compass Bar
44 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7EX
  • Telephone 0131 554 1979
  • Bar open Sun–Wed 10am–11pm; Thu–Sat 10am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Average price £5.95 soup and sandwich deal (set lunch)
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in association with
Birra Moretti

Attractive neighbourhood bar, with a shiny new refurb and extension, sustaining the locals from breakfast through to dinner.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2016/17 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

It’s all change down at The Compass. A significant extension and refurb in early 2016 saw the pub taking over the vacant restaurant next door, almost doubling the space. There’s (finally) a bigger kitchen, plenty of exposed brick, lots more seating plus a comfy sofa area, and a toasty stove for those days when the Leith winds blow down Queen Charlotte Street (so, all of the days). The extra space means space for an expanded drinks list, with an emphasis on bottled beers including selections from cult and kitsch Lagunitas. Food-wise, there’s a pleasant ‘any time’ feeling to the menu, which kicks off with brekkie at 10am and keeps going till the last Leither’s been fed. There’s a strong and ever-changing selection of daily specials, while Thursday night is steak night: two steaks and a bottle of wine for £29.

  • High point: A fantastic re-boot of a much-loved bar
  • Low point: Some locals will miss the comapact old space
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2004 (2009 under current owner)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle