The Ventoux

The Ventoux
2 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH
  • Telephone 0131 229 5066
  • Seasonal times 3am licence during Edinburgh Festival and Christmas
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 3.30pm–1am; Fri–Sun 2pm–1am.
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Friendly local boozer that’s comfortable in its own shabby – but emphatically not shabby chic – skin.

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The Ventoux is a rare thing in Edinburgh; it’s a pub. It’s not a real ale pub, or a cocktail bar, or a gastropub. It’s just a pub. It doesn’t have a kitchen, or a TV, or a range of artisan bar snacks. It doesn’t even have a Twitter feed or Instagram. It does have a theme of sorts, which, like it’s sister, The Tourmalet in Leith, is borne of owner Murray McKean’s obsession with the Tour de France, so there’s loads of cycling memorabilia and bikes all over the place, but despite this it’s no MAMIL hangout nor a fixie-geeks den. And despite the excellent selection of bottled German beer, it’s not a German beer pub. What The Ventoux is, is simply a pub, a pub that knows that you don’t need to try too hard to have a good time.

  • High point: Lovely staff, great music, top atmosphere
  • Low point: Could be more interesting beers on tap
  • Notable dish: Edelstoff Dunkell
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Dub, folk, Cuban jazz
  • Capacity: 60 (12 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £14 per bottle