Café Voltaire

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Café Voltaire
36–38 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR
  • Telephone 0131 247 4704
  • Seasonal times 11am–5am opening hours during Festival and Christmas.
  • Bar open Mon–Fri 5pm–3am; Sat/Sun noon–3am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 5–10pm.
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Café Voltaire

Blasting tunes until the early hours, this mellow music venue and bar is a favoured Old Town drinking den.

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Part of the G1 gang which also includes old school Edinburgh pubs Biddy Mulligans and the Three Sisters, Café Voltaire holds its own charm. Often filled with a sea of people barging past each other to explore the goings-on over two levels, the café sits upstairs and can be of equal madness right up until 3am. While many have their eye on the pricier selection of bottled beers, the bartenders are kept busy with a short, but well compiled list of predominantly rum and gin cocktails (also available by the kettle). Weather permitting, pizzas are carted in from their sister bar around the corner which seem to go down a treat. Dress however you please, as the hipster ambience and the once-loved bike hanging on the wall, mean that you won’t feel out of place.

  • High point: They host an interesting range of events, including deep house yoga and life drawing classes
  • Low point: But the stale booze smell needs sorting before yoga can be considered
  • Notable dish: Pizza
  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Hip-hop, house and dance.
  • Live entertainment: DJs Tue–Sat; Cabaret Voltaire club downstairs.
  • Capacity: 150
  • Largest group: 150
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle