The Salvation of Leith
- Telephone 0131 555 4636
- Bar open Sun–Thu 10am–midnight; Fri-Sat 10–1am.
- Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
- Average price £17 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
A new bar gracing Leith's Shore, from the team behind the Empress of Broughton Street and Jeremiah's Taproom. Food, craft beer, Scottish gin and lots of outdoor seating for when there's sunshine on Leith.
‘The journeyman’s house of call – Estd. 1872’ reads the motto stencilled alongside the door of the recently refurbished Salvation of Leith. Formerly the Leith Beer Co, the bar’s main selling point remains the bright terrace out front with its great views across The Shore. The bar pays homage to the building’s original use as a house for the poor where – ironically – sailors could be saved from the temptations of alcohol. The owners of Jeremiah’s Taproom and The Empress of Broughton Street have press-ganged the split-level bar into very 21st century use, with bare brick walls and slate floors. The menu is burger-centric, yet inventive. A heaped El Inferno pairs breaded chicken with chilli con carne and jalapenos; while the ‘Not a Burger’ varies the theme, with filled rolls stuffed with breaded fish, buffalo mozzarella or pulled pork. Smaller, snack-sized portions include tacos, spicy chicken wings and a dense, cheese-rich macaroni. There’s also a decent cocktail list, a very strong craft beer offering (eight of the thirteen taps rotate regularly, with over a hundred bottles and cans in the fridge) and an auction-bought range of more than forty collector-pleasing whiskies.
- High point: The beer terrace is first-rate on a sunny day
- Low point: The men's toilets are awkward and cramped
- Notable dish: Salvation burger, topped with cheese, smoked streaky bacon, haggis fritter and aioli.
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Pub quiz on Thursday.
- Capacity: 75 (60 outdoors)
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £15 per bottle