The Devil's Advocate

The Devil's Advocate
9 Advocates Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND
  • Telephone 0131 225 4465
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 9am–1pm.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–4pm, 5–10pm.
  • Average price £22 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
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Quality food and drink within an imaginative space, all tucked into one of Edinburgh’s most distinctive closes.

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The Old Town’s closes are magical places to stumble upon – even Edinburgh natives can be surprised by a turn, a twist, a hidden garden, a sneaky short cut or a wonderful bar. Tucked into the bottom of atmospheric Advocates Close, the Devil’s Advocate reflects the mix of old and new architecture outside with its own split-level conversion of a Victorian pump house. Nothing here disappoints – the cocktails are distinctive and carefully made, the bar gleams with a huge range of whiskies (including a range of Japanese blends) and the food delivers confidently (though perhaps there could be a wider range of smaller snacks and nibbles for those who don’t fancy a full meal). Spiced fried polenta cake is well-seasoned and accompanies a pile of wilted greens blanketed with hollandaise in a pleasing mix of indulgence and health, while a salad of roast beef is beautifully dressed with sherry and nigella seeds. All in, this is an experience to be savoured and enjoyed.

  • High point: Beautiful space in a beautiful space
  • Low point: Some smaller bar nibbles wouldn't go amiss
  • Average price: £22 (lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 35
  • House wine: £22 per bottle