The Lioness of Leith
- 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.
- Website www.thelionessofleith.co.uk
This Leith hipster favourite is one of the best in the city for drink, burgers and socialising.
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.
- 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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