Paradise Palms

Paradise Palms
41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HB
  • Telephone 0131 225 4186
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–1am.
  • Seasonal times Late licence at Christmas and Edinburgh Festival – 3am (mostly used at weekends).
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Tue–Sat 12.30–8.30pm. No food Sun/Mon.
  • Average price £7 (lunch); £7 (evening meal)
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Good-time cocktail lounge vibe in the heart of student land, where vegetarian soul food has spirit, as do the drinks.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Paradise Palms’ neon signs, disco balls and cocktail lounge vibe may transport you back to the beautifully tasteless 80s, but there’s nothing flavourless about the menu. Both drinks and food are carefully considered and the staff are passionate about sharing their favourite dishes, hot sauces and drinks. Choosing between the cocktails is a tough job, but is aided by enlightening descriptions. The bright blue Miami Nice is, as the menu promises, like a kiss from Don Johnson and the Buckfast Daiquiri will take your taste buds on a trip. With regular DJs and cabaret nights, this is a party bar for more than just the local students and the vegetarian (and often vegan) menu introduced in early 2016 is a far cry from the rabbit food stereotype. The corn fritters could rival the mighty bacon roll in curing a hangover and the nachos are piled high with fresh salsa and flavour.

  • High point: They even manage to make Buckfast taste good
  • Low point: Food only served until 8.30pm, so get there early
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Funky, upbeat tunes
  • Live entertainment: DJs, live bands, monthly cabaret and other one-off events
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 25–30
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £11 per bottle

Event times

There are 8 events at this location

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Scottish dance music pioneers mixing post-punk and Krautrock influences with Balearic house beats.

Sat 25 Feb

Free / 0131 225 4186

With Kris Wasabi.

The Intergalactic Funk Smugglers

Smuggling funk across the galaxy to bring you techno, disco and house to help you 'dance Uranus into a black hole'.

Fri 24 Feb

Free / 0131 225 4186

Jukebox Bingo

Bingo with a twist – instead of matching numbers to ball, match songs to artists to win prizes.

Wed 22 Feb

£5 / 0131 225 4186

Multicoloured Minds

Local music lineups.

Sun 26 Feb

Free / 0131 225 4186

With Edwin Organ, GLASSMASTERER and Misti.

Paradise Vinyl

Offbeat vinyl selections from in-house curators Percy Main, Andrea Montalto and guests

Sun 5 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Sun 2 Apr

Free / 0131 225 4186

Percy Main Social Club

Monthly social with Percy Main and pals, with disco tunes, plus boogie and gospel.

Sat 18 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Sat 15 Apr

Free / 0131 225 4186

Primitive Painters: Draw The Line – High Rise

Life drawing session inspired by the work of JG Ballard. Dystoperriffic!

Sun 2 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 4186

Samedia Shebeen

Tropical beats, jazz, funk and world music.

Fri 17 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Fri 21 Apr

Free / 0131 225 4186

Reviews & features

Paradise Palms announces record shop and label

4 Nov 2015

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