The Blackbird

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The Blackbird
37–39 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH
  • Telephone 0131 228 2280
  • Seasonal times 3am during Festival and Christmas period
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 10am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
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The Blackbird

credit: James Gourlay

Colourful, lively bar popular with students and workers alike for its good craic and great cocktails.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The Blackbird offers cocktails, beers and casual dining in a laid-back, contemporary setting. The cocktail list is extensive with lots of fruit flavours and high-end spirits. Food-wise the beef burger is dense and comes with lots of hot, salty shoestring fries while small plates and desserts show flair. Sticky chicken wings with pomegranate molasses (complete with finger bowl) will satisfy hungry diners, while orange crème brûlée and polenta cake are both worth saving space for. There are no pre-theatre deals but the Blackbird still attracts a crowd from the King’s Theatre as well as plenty of Tollcross and Bruntsfield regulars. The popular beer garden is a real highlight and it's open all year round for hardier souls.

The List's rating






Caroline Rye visited The Blackbird on 22 November 2017
  • High point: Brilliant beer garden
  • Low point: Dining tables packed quite tightly
  • Notable dish: Pistachio polenta cake
  • Average price: £18 (lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 35 in dining section.
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: pop/urban/chart playlist
  • Capacity: 60 (plus 60 in garden)
  • Largest group: 64
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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