Spit / Fire

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Spit/Fire Bar
Spit / Fire
26b Dublin Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6NN
  • Telephone 0131 556 5967
  • Seasonal times 4am licence during festival and Christmas/New Year. Closed Mon/Tue in winter. Check website for updates.
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–2am.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–4pm, 5–10pm; Sun noon–6pm.
  • Average price £8 (lunch); £11.50 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.spitfirebars.com
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Atmospheric subterranean New Town eating and drinking den, with constantly evolving food and drink choices.

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The beginning of 2016 brought some new sensations to Spit / Fire. The walls are still exposing their brick and the lightbulbs their filaments, but new (old) furniture and varied art on the walls have added interest in its two subterranean levels. As ever, the staff's passion for what they serve brings a constant rotation of new beers to sample. Don't get too attached though – when it's gone it's gone – and the same can be said of your food favourites. Chef Ruaridh Skinner is living an epicurean dream, with carte blanche to experiment and continually change the menu. 2015’s BBQ theme has been replaced with interesting and tasty choices like Arbor Motueka IPA-battered skate wing with kimchi or rose veal cheek pastrami with blue cheese mash and wild leek pesto. The less adventurous can still line their stomachs with well-prepared staples like burgers and pork pies before slinking down to the whiskey den to enjoy a wild variety of music genres courtesy of regular guest DJs Bourbon ‘n’ Razors.

  • High point: Knowledgeable and invested staff
  • Low point: Favourites may disappear on you
  • Average price: £8 (lunch); £11.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 60-80 downstairs
  • Provides: Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Reggae, hip hop, funk
  • Live entertainment: DJs dowstairs at the weekend.
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 25-30
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

Reviews & features

Restaurant review: Spit/Fire

13 Feb 2015

The Hanging Bat’s new sister venue aims to heat up Edinburgh's meat and beer scene

This two-storey venture in the former New Town Bar, just downhill from the Portrait Gallery, comes from the talented crew who brought deliciously dirty hot dogs and tasty schooners of local brew to Lothian Road’s Hanging Bat. If that venue proved a…