Paradise Palms

Paradise Palms
41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HB
  • Telephone 0131 225 4186
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–1am.
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: late licence
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9pm.
  • Average price £10 (lunch); £10 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website theparadisepalms.com
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Good-time cocktail lounge vibe which goes beyond student land. The vegetarian soul food has spirit, as do the drinks.

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The décor of this cocktail bar, record shop and music venue is kitschy, 80s and tiki – sort of like a cocktail decoration itself. There are (slightly disturbing) teddy bears strung up over the bar and lots of fairy lights and fake plants. It’s fun just reading the cocktail menu, with drinks like a Miami Nice, Snozzcumber Sour and Lady Garden, though sharing a teapot (‘No drinking from the spout, please’) is recommended. The vegetarian/vegan soul food lines the stomach with carbs and cheese. Meat substitute seitan dominates, like in the Philly cheese steak – seitan strips and fried onion on sourdough with smoked applewood and chipotle cheese sauce. Delicious and filling, especially with lucky spice (paprika) fries. Grab a bite before kicking back with the house DJ, poetry nights, live band or speed-dating with an eclectic crowd who don’t take themselves too seriously.

  • High point: Anything could happen
  • Low point: The end of food service is a little rushed
  • Notable dish: Philly cheese steak
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 80s, eclectic
  • Live entertainment: DJs, live bands, cabaret, speed dating (on the 14th of the month), poetry, live stream to YouTube channel on a Thursday
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 25 for food, 40 for drinks and snacks
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £10 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 3 events at this location

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Afternoon T With Georgia Tasda

Georgia Tasda Here she comes! London’s breakthrough comedy drag act arrives in Edinburgh with a brand-new show! Join Georgia Tasda for a brew as she spills the T. Expect queer capers, gender-bending, and of course, cocktails! 'Georgia Tasda carries Leigh Bowery’s torch for weird and exceptional drag performance art…

Fri 18 Aug

Free / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Mon 21 Aug

Free / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

Free / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 25 Aug

The Fungasm Gameshow

Fungasm Productions The whimsical comedy game show inspired by classic TV game shows. Featuring a wacky hullabaloo of games, nonsensical scoring, extravagant prizes, mystery guests, a fantabulous host, glamorous assistants and a cocktail bar! Every ticket comes with the chance of spinning our wheel and being a…

Fri 18 Aug

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 13:00 – 13:50

Mon 21 Aug

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

£5 (£4) / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 3 more dates until 25 Aug

Pollyanna

Pollyanna Cabaret and Pollyfilla Hold your cocktails tight! Join host Pollyfilla for a showcase of performance art, drag, DJs and glittery carnage and ‘down-and-dirty joy… a bona fide asset to the Fringe’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). ‘Your life is poorer for not having been yet’ ★★★★★ (ScotsGay.co.uk). Escape the monotony, come…

Sun 20 Aug

Free / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Free / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

Free / 0131 225 4186

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 24 Aug

Reviews & features

Paradise Palms announces record shop and label

4 Nov 2015

'When you dig a little deeper you find a wealth of creatives.'

‘You’re not going to find much above ground with Edinburgh Council so lacking in integrity, vision or enterprise but when you dig a little deeper you find a wealth of creatives, performers, artists, makers and musicians.’ One of Edinburgh’s newest…