The Lioness of Leith

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The Lioness of Leith
21–25 Duke Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8HH
  • Telephone 0131 629 0580
  • Opening times Mon–Thu noon–1am; Fri & Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–12.30am.
  • Seasonal times Later opening during Festival and festive period.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri noon–1am; Sat 11–1am; Sun 11am–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–9.30pm; Fri noon–10pm; Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–9pm.
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The Lioness of Leith

This Leith hipster favourite is one of the best in the city for drink, burgers and socialising.

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Anyone who knows the bars of Leith knows the Lioness, a popular and versatile outpost in easy reach of Leith Walk, the Shore and Leith Links. On a weekend night, the place is packed – a good range of craft beers and spirits, decent wine selection and impressive cocktail list draws customers with a wide range of tastes. While the beautiful interior – a bright, open corner space which mixes original pub features with quirky decorations like arcade games and pinball machines – is enough to inspire a visit on its own, the recently upgraded food menu has also placed the Lioness among the best in the area. Classic fish and chips, nachos or veggie/non-veggie breakfasts aside, the place is yet another beer and burger joint, but what burgers they are. Choose from towering pieces of beef steak from Findlay’s, free-range chicken breast and four vegetarian options – for example, panko-crumbed mushroom or Cajun bean and halloumi – with toppings including chilli and cheddar, kimchi and wasabi, and onion rings and barbecue sauce. From the rich, cheese-smothered macaroni side to the revelatory halloumi chips, this is first-rate contemporary pub food.

The List's rating






David Pollock visited The Lioness of Leith
  • High point: Great burgers, and even better vegan and gluten-free options
  • Low point: The deep-fried jam sandwich is the most guilt-inducing thing you'll ever eat
  • Notable dish: 'The Fonz' - two burgers with cheddar and caramelised onions
  • Average price: Burger and fries for £10 before 5pm Mon–Wed; burger and a bottle of blue ribbon for £10 before 5pm Mon–Fri. (set lunch); £18.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Occasional bands on Sun and open mic on Wed.
  • Capacity: 60 seated, 150 standing.
  • Largest group: 150
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 19
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

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