Union Brew Lab

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Union Brew Lab
6–8 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA
  • Telephone 0131 662 8963
  • Opening times Mon 8am–6pm; Tue–Fri 8am–8pm; Sat & Sun 9am–8pm.
  • Seasonal times Festival: open till 11pm every day.
  • Food served Mon 8am–6pm; Tue–Fri 8am–8pm; Sat/Sun 9am–8pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.brewlabcoffee.co.uk
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Brew Lab

Coffee is king at Brew Lab, but the chilled atmosphere and artisan produce offer much more than just a caffeine hit

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Whether it’s a cosy armchair beside the window or a bench shared with strangers, Brew Lab offers something for the thoughtful, the gregarious and the serious coffee fan. Breakfast spans everything from fresh fruit to toast and jam, while lunch brings sandwiches from Gannet & Guga to satisfy vegetarians, vegans and carnivores – a feta, tzatziki, spiced courgette and sun-dried tomato baguette should ward off hunger pangs in style – as well as soups and salads from Union of Genius and cakes from Grace & Co. With later opening introduced in 2017, the early evening menu includes quiche and scotch eggs. Tea, trendy soft drinks, beer from Pilot and a couple of natural wines will quench all thirsts, but coffee, of course, steals the show with four varieties – complete with tasting notes – while true caffeine heads can book in at the training lab to learn the intricacies of the barista’s skill.

The List's rating






Colin Renton visited Union Brew Lab on 4 February 2018
  • High point: Coffee-lovers paradise
  • Low point: Sharing elbow room with complete strangers
  • Notable dish: Feta, tzatziki, spiced courgette and sun-dried tomato baguette
  • Average price: £7.50 (lunch); £7.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2

Reviews & features

Brew Lab introduce late night coffee to Edinburgh

24 Apr 2017

Expect to see Nitro Cold Brew Martinis, natural wines, cheese and charcuterie boards on the menu

Independent coffee specialists, Brew Lab are extending their café opening hours with an aim to change the country's drinking habits. Dave Law and Tom Hyde opened Scotland's first coffee bar back in 2012 and with suave, high tech brewing gear, they've…