Andrew Usher & Co
- Telephone 0131 662 1757
- Seasonal times Late licence during the Edinburgh Festival
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £10 (lunch); £13.50 (evening meal)
- Website ushersofedinburgh.co.uk
On a mission to bring beer to Edinburgh’s masses, Usher’s boasts 20 taps, including 6 showcasing their own micro-brewery lines.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The team behind this subterranean bar (named after the pioneers of Edinburgh’s brewing and distilling industries) are self-confessed beer nerds. Stocking a plethora of bottled beers, ciders and meads and with 20 beers on tap, there’s plenty of scope for them to pursue their obsession. Six of the taps are reserved for the output of the in-house micro-brewery, which operates from behind glass walls in a corner of the bar. Despite the glass and steel, it doesn’t feel too industrial, with wood panelling and old pub accessories softening the look. Food is largely carb-based (think burgers, hotdogs and mac and cheese) though those looking for something more adventurous might opt for moules-frites, bunny chow (a South African lamb curry) or grilled flatbreads. With a hefty student (and university staff) discount, tastings, tap takeovers and other themed events, there are plenty of opportunities to nurture your own beer knowledge here.
- High point: Cheerful staff who are good ambassadors for their product
- Low point: Not the place for a quiet pint at weekends
- Notable dish: Haggis Burger
- Private dining: Up to 70 covers
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Blues, rock, funk
- Live entertainment: Speakeasy every fortnight with swing dance and cocktails; live music Friday/Saturday – blues, jazz, folk; occasional themed beer tastings
- Capacity: 115
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £16 per bottle