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)
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Good-time cocktail lounge vibe which goes beyond student land. The 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 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 11 events at this location

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

Sat 25 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

FiniTribe presents Edinburgh duo Hi & Saberhägen.

Jacuzzi General

Hip hop, electro and funky house.

Thu 23 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Thu 30 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Thu 6 Apr

Free / 0131 225 4186

…and 3 more dates until 27 Apr


A disco, funk and electronica mash.

Fri 31 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Paradise Pains

Paradise Pains brings ECA students together for a night of performance art, music and dancing. Expect an eclectic mix of live art and DJing.

Thu 30 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Paradise Vinyl

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

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 15 Apr

Free / 0131 225 4186

Primitive Painters

Regular drawing and painting circle where participants can create works of art using a reimagined version of a scene with a model, props and set.

Mon 27 Mar

£12 / 0131 225 4186

Primitive Painters: Picture This - Selfie By Numbers. Portrait artist and illustrator Charlie of Liberty & Bread invites you to create a portrait. A photo you supply in advance will be illustrated and transferred to a canvas, ready for you to paint on the day.

Primitive Painters: Draw The Line

A life drawing session.

Sun 7 May

£15 / 0131 225 4186

This month’s life session is inspired by cult series Twin Peaks. Come fill your imaginations and sketchbooks as Agent Cooper and Audrey model their signature poses,

Primitive Painters: Draw The Line – High Rise

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

Sun 2 Apr

£15 / 0131 225 4186

A life drawing session inspired by JG Ballard's novel High-Rise. Admission includes a complimentary cocktail.

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 225 4186

Samedia Shebeen

Tropical beats, jazz, funk and world music.

Fri 21 Apr

Free / 0131 225 4186


A night of sixties girl group, YéYé and kitsch classics as well as rockabilly and rock'n'roll spun by DJs Killer Kim and Laura Lurex.

Fri 24 Mar

Free / 0131 225 4186

Reviews & features

Paradise Palms announces record shop and label

4 Nov 2015

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