A stone’s throw from Arthur’s seat with a well-stocked bar and laid-back groove lies The Kilderkin and its loyal punters.
Alongside some of the capital's tourist hotspots – the Museum of Childhood, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament – lies the Royal Mile's self-proclaimed most exciting pub. It's pretty unassuming from the outside but thanks to a whole host of weekly events, this audacious assertion might just be true. Standard pub lunch fare (a pretty decent burger, chunky fish of the day and a ginormous portion of bangers and mash) is blown out the water come 5pm when 35 varieties of pizza come topped with your favourite zoo animals. Yes, that includes zebra and kangaroo. Pizzas are just £1 on Mondays, Tuesday is quiz night and there's a live ukulele band on Wednesdays. Otherwise it's Led Zeppelin, Metallica and such like on the stereo, with the owner's love of old school rock proudly displayed in a wall of hanging vinyls. There are stags’ heads on another and a further side room is lined wall to wall with whisky bottle cases. Local beers and spirits mix with the big players and with over 150 rums you’ll struggle to request one they don't have, although it’s fun trying.
- Private dining: Side room seats 30
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Old school rock
- Live entertainment: Free Fringe venue; Tuesday night quiz; Wednesday Ukulele
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2011 under current management
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £20 per bottle
Events at this venue
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Actually, Totes Amaze
Lorraine Hoodless and Rachel O'Connor / PBH's Free Fringe Successful women doing the 9 to 5. Careers sorted… but is it Actually, Totes Amaze?! They may be unencumbered by embarrassing photos of their youth being plastered over Facebook but they're struggling to adjust to an image-driven Instagram world. Living with…
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An Atlantic Disaster – Titanic
James Frinton / PBH's Free Fringe As each name of those that perished aboard the Titanic is read aloud, an ice cube is dropped into a metal bucket. Members of the audience come face to face with tragedy, the passing of time and frozen water. It was unthinkable. She was unsinkable. This is unmissable.
Sat 17 Aug
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I Predict a Wyatt!
Sam Wyatt / PBH's Free Fringe Sam Wyatt is recording the pilot for his big new Saturday night game show I Predict a Wyatt. Everything seems fine but with so much on the line will he be able to keep his cheesy grin, family-friendly wits about him? A warm-up act that doesn’t show. A disgruntled wife as a director. Two…
Sat 3 Aug
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Mon 5 Aug
Working-Class Progress with Backenders
Clare McCartney, Sara Aston, CJ Hooper / PBH's Free Fringe Backenders is a live comedy sketch parody of the BBC soap opera Eastenders. With stand-up support from Clare Harrison McCartney and Sara Louise Aston (as seen on Judge Romesh, Dave UKTV), this show is guaranteed to tickle your soap buds. Sara is a whimsical…