Beer & Skittles

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Beer & Skittles
Basement, 14 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT
  • Telephone 0131 556 1289
  • Opening times Mon–Wed 5pm–midnight; Thu 5pm–1am; Fri 4pm–2am; Sat & Sun noon–2am
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 4pm–midnight; Fri 5pm–1am; Sat/Sun noon–1am
  • Food served Mon–Thu 4–10pm; Fri/Sum until 11pm.
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Beer & Skittles

Stylish, unfussy basement sports bar with amazing neon signage, expansive beer list covering Scotland and beyond, pool tables and a comfortable outdoor seating area.

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Sports bars can be associated with some less-than-palatable scenes: frenzied lighting, sticky surfaces, clouds of testosterone so thick you can barely peer through. Happily, Beer & Skittles serve up a different vision - think less 'den of iniquity', more 'friendly pal’s cool basement digs'. A pink and blue neon wash falls over a sleek, newly-revamped bar and pool tables, while the booth seating is sensibly arranged to allow for both intimate gatherings as well as unimpeded views toward any the bar’s many, many widescreen televisions – you won't miss a moment of the action wherever you are. Ribs come slathered in a whisky barbecue sauce with real heat and are a touch chewy but still good. The eponymous burger is a solid hit, balancing a dense tranche of beef with a dollop of sticky-sweet bacon jam and the salty kick of cornichons. Both come with a mountain of moreish chips that never seem to shrink, despite valiant efforts. But, as you might expect, beer is undoubtedly the star of the show here, with an extensive selection of ales from Scotland and beyond chilling in the fridge, and a solid line-up of both established and exotic names on tap.

The List's rating






Deborah Chu visited Beer & Skittles on 14 June 2018
  • High point: Relaxed vibe and well-curated beer list
  • Low point: Little on the menu for non-carnivores
  • Notable dish: Beer & Skittles burger
  • Average price: £17 (dinner)
  • No. overnight rooms: 10
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie rock – Kaiser Chiefs, the Strokes, etc.
  • Capacity: 250 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 250
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

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