- Telephone 0131 297 2630
- Seasonal times Late Edinburgh Festival licence
- Bar open Mon–Sun 10am–1am.
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–8pm.
- Average price £17 (lunch); £19 (evening meal)
- Website www.copperblossom.com
Knowingly chintzy city-centre basement bar with some inventively designed drinks and a welcoming after-work atmosphere.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A new player on the crowded scene around George Street, Copper Blossom is an enticing-looking bar. Accessed through a bright and open basement space, the entire front wall has been replaced by glass, bringing the outside in and the inside out. Indoors there’s a feel of opulent chintz, with white-painted brickwork and flowery cushions – the toilets, cast in marble, with wall-mounted hand mirrors and monochrome décor, are particularly memorable. It’s an aesthetic which extends to the food and the drink; downstairs is a room with a glass door named the Laboratory, bearing equipment whose applications include removing the colour from liquids, creating clear Bloody Marys and Mojitos. The food is of a decent bar food rather than fine dining quality, but there’s good variety on the menu. Starters include beetroot fritters and a tender salt and pepper squid served with aioli, while mains feature a delicately fried cod fillet in a haricot bean and chorizo stew, chicken schnitzel stacked on vegetables, and a range of salads.
- High point: Attractive bar with a fun approach to drink creation
- Low point: The food is merely okay
- Notable dish: Pan-fried cod fillet with haricot bean and chorizo stew
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: DJs on Fri and Sat.
- Capacity: 105 seated, 250 standing
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 18
- House wine: £20 per bottle