So here’s my thoughts -
Cocktails ( bare in mind I don’t go out for cocktails often) -
Lucky Liquor Co - went here for my birthday! They have a cocktail in a lightbulb! Ooo fancy. I really liked it.
Panda & Sons
Hoot the Redeemer - I believe this and Panda & Sons are maybe owned by the same people, I will warn you they are HIDEOUSLY hipster. I’m pretty sure the bar staff are required to wear bowties and braces?
52 Canoes Tiki Den - Tiki bar
Craft Beer pubs -
The Hanging Bat
6 degrees North
Andrew Ushers and Co
I LOVE all of the above!! Holyrood 9A is not too bad either, it’s not my favourite though.
Should I bother mentioning BrewDog? It’s here too, in the Cowgate which is hell on earth on the weekend.
Old man whisky type pubs -
The Blue Blazer
General pubs -
The Black Fox
The Lioness of Leith
These three above do cocktails too!
So the boyfriend and I weirdly tend to either go to really cheap places or really expensive places to eat. Edinburgh has a lot of michelin starred restaurants and we’ve been to most of them, but only for lunch as It’s roughly 30 quid each instead of a bazillion pounds each and it’s brilliant if you fancy treating yourself! Problem is that they don’t always do lunch options on the weekend -
21212 - Our favourite place to go, despite the lavish surroundings its a really laid back atmosphere, the staff are really nice too.
Other fancyish restaurants -
First Chapter - Been here twice! Both times were really good!
The Gardeners Cottage - Never been here but we’ve heard good things. It’s a wee cottage off of London Road, they grow their own vegetables, fruit etc.
Field - Been here a few times for lunch, pretty cheap! However, there have been a few inconsistencies (warm bread roll was cold in the middle, my profiterole was burnt) I would still go back though.
Aizle - Never been but it’s meant to be great.
TIMBER YARD - Never been but again, it’s meant to be great. The prices always put me off.
Restaurant Mark Greenaway - We went here for lunch and it was totes tasty noms. I had a raspberry souffle with a hot custard and BY JESUS, it was phenomenal, I was scraping that bowl down!!
The Scran & Scallie - Tom Kitchin’s other restaurant which is meant to be more chilled out.
Cheaper options -
Mother India - Indian
La Favorita - Italian
Origano - Italian
Khushi’s - Indian
The Dogs - British
Sushiya - Japanese
Kanpai - Japanese
Chop Chop - Chinese
First Coast - asian european
Ting Thai Caravan - Asian
Chains you’ll probably be aware of -
Neither of us are vegetarian so I have no real clue if any of these are especially good for veggies, I’d presume they’d all have an option or two. The fancier ones when you book they’ll probably ask. One place I do know of that was really nice and a little fancy was David Bann’s restaurant. It’s completely vegetarian.
I don’t buy records so I’m not aware of which ones to recommend, I could ask about for you via thee ol’ book of faces. Bookshops though… if you like old books there’s loads! Down the Grassmarket there’s a few shops down in West Port. If you’re into art books there’s the Fruitmarket Gallery, then there’s the obvious Waterstones and Blackwells but I’m guessing you mean more independent places. Up in Bruntsfield there’s The Edinburgh Bookshop too.
Anyway sorry, that’s a heck of a lot of rambling! I hope it gives you some ideas and I apologise in advance if you venture to any of these places and hate them!