Bar Brig

Bar Brig
96-98 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5HB
  • Telephone 0131 281 1090
  • Seasonal times Festival: open until 3am all week.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 3pm–1am; Fri 2pm–1am; Sat noon–1am; Sun noon-midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 5–10pm; Sat/Sun 3-10pm.
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Good food and good tunes galore in this colourful Leith local.

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Bar Brig is part of the wave of new pubs transforming Leith Walk into a hub for local live music. While perhaps not everyone welcomes this new vibe, especially those who have seen their local taken over by the younger generation, colourful places like this feel just as much at the heart of Leith’s ever-changing community. It’s a tight space but they cram a lot in, with booths around the edge and wee tables poking out from the bar. The staff are friendly, with a real welcome extending to new and returning customers. The crowd is mostly thirtysomethings in for the music, a few pints and a bite to eat and the food is a step up from the usual pub grub, riffing on a Mexican theme with tacos, tortillas and fajitas alongside burgers and ribs. Local bands play the Brig Below most nights while ad hoc acoustic sessions keep toes tapping upstairs.

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Chris Marks visited Bar Brig on 5 July 2018
  • High point: Spontaneous jamming sessions
  • Low point: Tight squeeze for larger groups
  • Notable dish: Taco boat salads with pulled chipotle chicken
  • Average price: £13 (lunch); £13 (dinner)
  • Delivery:
  • Private dining: Up to 35 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Laid-back tunes, geared to the night's live band
  • Live entertainment: Acoustic sets upstairs on Tues, impromptu jamming sessions, live music in Brig Below most nights.
  • Capacity: 60
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 11 events at this location

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Ain't Misbehavin'

Lisa Scott and Co Ain't Misbehavin' featuring Lisa Scott. Lisa is joined by four of Scotland's top-class musicians covering jazz and blues from a bygone era to date. Bringing class musicianship to Bar Brig, featuring vibes.

Sat 10 Aug

Brig Below

£9 (£8) / 0131 281 1090

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bar Brig's 4th Birthday Bash With Supa & Da Kryptonites

Come Help us Celebrate Bar Brigs 4th Birthday party in style with a night of fantastic live music. First 20 people in the door get a free cocktail to celebrate. Cheaper advance tickets only £4+bf, £6 on the door. SUPA & Da Kryptonites are a 9 piece Funk, Ska, Reggae, Soul, Hip-Hop, Swing and Grime Band. With…

Sun 21 Jul

£4.90 / 0131 281 1090

Chris Mossop (Full Band) With Jonty Morgan & The Deliberates

Chris Mossop is a Scottish singer/songwriter who has been compared to the likes of Damien Rice, Ben Howard and Paolo Nutini. He has one of those distinct voices that fully engages the audience and his tone is heartfelt and surprisingly disarming. He is hot off the back of three tours in Europe in 2018 and was recently…

Fri 23 Aug

£8.06 / 0131 281 1090

Hailey Beavis Ep Fundraiser

Hailey Beavis is a self taught musician, song writer and artist living in Edinburgh. Her music maps a journey through the surrealism of childhood, stretching into insightful and vividly captured love songs, both deeply personal and completely knowable. The undeniable message of hope and strength in Hailey’s sharp…

Sun 25 Aug

£11.37 / 0131 281 1090

Lorna Brooks Plus Rosie Bans

A regular night held by the talented singer songwriter Lorna Brooks Music and joined by a special guest each time. The Guest for this Evening is Glasgow based Singer Songwriter Rosie Bans. We Recommend getting tickets in advance for this as these events are always busy with the last one selling out before the show.

Fri 27 Sep

£9.21 / 0131 281 1090

Medicine Boy + L-Space + Storm the Palace

Medicine Boy are a Dream Noise duo from Cape Town, South Africa, based in Berlin. Influenced by the likes of Rowland S. Howard, Spiritualized, The Mary Chain and The Bad Seeds, the pair tread the fine line between the calm and the chaotic. Formed in 2014 by André Leo (vocals/guitar), Lucy Kruger (vocals/keys) and a drum…

Thu 15 Aug

£6.60 / 0131 281 1090

Moon River – The Songs of Johnny Mercer

Pam Lawson You'll feel That Old Black Magic with Pam and her band, (Campbell Normand on piano, Ed Kelly on bass, Dave Swanson on drums), as they perform the songs of Johnny Mercer. With songs including Something's Gotta Give, Lazy Bones and Autumn Leaves, it'll Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive. Age category: 12+

Fri 23 Aug

Brig Below

£10 (£9) / 0131 281 1090

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 24 Aug

Brig Below

£10 (£9) / 0131 281 1090

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 25 Aug

Brig Below

£10 (£9) / 0131 281 1090

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Red Richardson

We're back for another rib-tickling night of comedy in the heart of Leith. First Thursday of the month at Brig Bar. This month: Red Richardson So You Think You're Funny Finalist 2015 'The most exciting comedian of the last few years' ★★★★ - Chortle 'Delightfully Sardonic' ★★★★ - Edfestmag Graham Mackie Four time…

Thu 7 Nov

£6.60 some concessions / 0131 281 1090

Stone Soup: The Fringe of the Fringe of the Fringe Edition

Stone Soup is a long running but irregular evening of music and spoken word hosted in Edinburgh by davesnewbike and featuring a generous serving of special guests. Competing for the first time with the world's largest arts festival, this month's edition will feature a stone soup debut from singer-songwriter HarLey LoUdOn…

Thu 22 Aug

£8 (£6) / 0131 281 1090

  • 20:00 – 23:00

Super French Single Launch With Luke Hunter & Special Guests

On The 27th Super French I’m launching my new single with help from some special guests including the talented Edinburgh Based Rock & Classic Pop Singer Song-writer Luke Hunter if you haven’t heard my music before, i'm an Indie/Pop Singer-Songerwriter who sounds a bit like this-

Sat 27 Jul

£3.83 / 0131 281 1090

Tom Little

Tom Little Mercury Comedian of the Year 2015 BBC New Comedian Finalist 2014 As heard on Radio 4 'Inventive, unexpected and often very silly' ★★★★ - Chortle 'Gut-wrenchingly funny' - Fringe Review Bryan Ghosh Edinburgh Revue Champion 2017 'Mind blowingly brilliant' - Three Weeks 'a string of strong jokes… with an ease…

Thu 3 Oct

£6.60 some concessions / 0131 281 1090

Reviews & features

Compare the Market launch new 2 for 1 Meerkat Meals, restaurants in Edinburgh participate

7 Aug 2018

Alongside big chains independent Edinburgh restaurants 11, Zucca, The Rosehip, Bar Brig and more will participate

Thanks to the latest money saving incentive from Compare the Market you can now dine out on 2 for 1 starters, mains and desserts with Meerkat Meals. The deal runs in conjunction with the ever popular 2 for 1 cinema ticket deal Meerkat Movies, and is…