The Refinery

The Refinery
5 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BH
  • Telephone 0333 210 0017
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 8am–midnight; Fri 8am–1am; Sat 9am–1am; Sun 10am–7pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–10pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
  • Average price £19 (lunch); £19 (evening meal)
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A distinctive, landmark bar set over two floors in the heart of St Andrew Square.

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Part of the recent regeneration of the South side of St Andrew Square, the Refinery is the first Scottish emissary of London-based megapub chain Drake & Morgan. A distinctive, landmark bar set over two floors, it does a reasonable job of being all things to all customers, from daytime family-friendliness to a space for crowds of after-work drinkers and a clubbier, DJ-led atmosphere on weekend evenings. The bright, modern interior is good for large parties. Cocktails and wine lists are impressive, while the extensive food menu is a step up from standard bar food – salads, burgers, brunches and steaks are joined by specials like tender braised beef casserole served with creamy polenta. Fashionable sharing plates also appear, including chicken satay and a scotch egg with chorizo. All in this is a versatile, popular new entry for city centre bar-goers.

  • High point: Great for large groups of drinkers or diners
  • Low point: So versatile it’s hard not to feel it's a little generic
  • Notable dish: Lemon chicken with sweet potato and caramelised onions.
  • Average price: £19 (lunch); £19 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 120 standing; 50 seated.
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Capacity: 224 (20 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 400 standing at a full venue hire.
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 28
  • House wine: £18 per bottle