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
  • Average price: £10 (lunch); £10 (dinner)
  • 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

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