Ghillie Dhu

Ghillie Dhu
2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
  • Box office 0131 222 9930
  • General enquiries 0131 222 9930
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 11am–3am; Sat & Sun 10am–3am.
  • Seasonal times Open until 5am during Festival and late during the festive season.
  • Bar open Mon–Fri 11am–3am; Sat/Sun 10am–3am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 11am–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times 12pm–5pm
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £22 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price 12.95 for two courses, 15.95 for three courses
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  • Website www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk
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Big on events and ceilidhs, this grand, cavernous city centre bar and restaurant attracts locals and tourists alike.

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As one of capital’s best-known weekly ceilidh spots, Ghillie Dhu has built up a reputation for its bustling ambience and buoyant atmosphere, made all the more appealing by a strong focus on live music and traditional Scottish food and drink. The menu features Scottish pub staples, from haggis, neeps and tatties to indulgent pies, while the more lavish additions such as braised Orkney beef cheek are not out of place and give a fuller picture of what the restaurant has to offer. Visit on a Friday or Saturday evening for the full-on Scots experience, expecting your heart, soul (and stomach) to be well and truly filled. But it’s not just a tourist hotspot; Ghillie Dhu’s relaxed and rustic décor, extensive drinks list, and private booths behind the bar area cater perfectly to after-work drinks or informal catch-ups as well as weekend nights out.

  • High point: Toasted oats cranachan ice cream sundae
  • Low point: Fairly pricey dishes and drinks
  • Notable dish: Luxury fish pie
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 220 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Traditional Scottish music with more contemporary tracks in the late evening.
  • Live entertainment: Live acoustic music every night in the main bar, Burly Ceilidh Club every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Capacity: 220 auditorium, 110 main bar
  • Largest group: 220
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17.50 per bottle

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The 4 of Us – Hometown on the Border

The 4 of Us Sensational guitar playing and unforgettable storytelling as the brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy give an uplifting account of their early life growing up on the Irish border during the Troubles. The show draws on their latest album Sugar Island and a selection of their Irish hits. Recent sold-out UK…

Thu 27 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£13) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy

Baz Ashmawy and Nancy Ashmawy An uplifting comedy confessional hosted by Nancy and Baz Ashmawy, Irish mother and son stars, of Sky One’s Emmy Award-winning TV show – 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy. Sold to over 140 countries worldwide. The stars talk through how they devised the show and their death-defying adventures…

Fri 7 Aug

Auditorium

£17.50 (£16) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Auditorium

£17.50 (£16) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Auditorium

£17.50 (£16) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 11 Aug

Beinn Lee

Beinn Lee are a six-piece band from Uist. Formed in 2013, the band are rooted in the West Coast style of traditional music. The collective inheritance of Gaelic song and West Coast pipe music provides a very strong traditional backbone to their music, but their music of contemporary and self-penned tunes and songs are…

Fri 28 Aug

Auditorium (standing)

£12 (£10) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bottomless Brunch

A brunch with optional cocktails.

Sun 26 Apr

0131 222 9930

Sun 31 May

0131 222 9930

The Burly Ceilidh Club

Join in the weekly Burly Ceilidh Club where you can be energetically entertained with one of the finest live ceilidh acts around and have a delicious hearty meal of local produce in the evening package.

Fri 10 Apr

£35 / 0131 228 1155

  • 19:00 – 03:00

Sat 11 Apr

£35 / 0131 228 1155

  • 19:00 – 03:00

Fri 17 Apr

£35 / 0131 228 1155

  • 19:00 – 03:00
…and 70 more dates until 18 Dec

Daft Punk Tribute Show

AMA Music Agency Currently the world's leading Daft Punk Tribute Act, having sold-out shows in Europe, China and Russia. An authentic live DJ duo set fitted out in state-of-the-art helmets. Immerse yourself in an incredible performance of a full live mix. The set possesses its own energy and momentum which needs to be…

Fri 14 Aug

Auditorium (standing)

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

Auditorium (standing)

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jamie Andrew Limbless Mountaineer

Jamie Andrew Jamie's great passion has always been mountaineering. At the height of his climbing career, tragedy struck unexpectedly when his climbing partner was caught in a terrible storm for five days in the French Alps. The ensuing helicopter rescue was one of the most dramatic in history and made news headlines…

Sat 22 Aug

Auditorium

£12 (£9) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 23 Aug

Auditorium

£12 (£9) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jamie MacDougall is Lauder

Jamie MacDougall Jamie MacDougall stars in the story of Sir Harry Lauder, the Portobello boy who became a global superstar, the highest-paid and most popular entertainer of his time. This rags-to-riches story is packed with all the Lauder hit songs: I Love a Lassie, Roamin in the Gloamin’ and Keep Right on to the End…

Fri 7 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£13) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£13) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£13) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 16 Aug

Mike Peters: Hurricane of Change (Act 1 – Downstream)

Mike Peters presents The Alarm This unique one-man performance binds classic 1980s Alarm album Eye of the Hurricane into a powerful theatrical narrative backed by emotive electro-acoustic rock concert dynamics. Documenting times of enormous and seismic change, Mike Peters (who has performed and sang on stage with Bob…

Fri 7 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mike Peters: Hurricane of Change (Act 2 – Upstream)

Mike Peters presents The Alarm This unique one-man performance binds classic 1980s Alarm album Change into a powerful theatrical narrative, backed by emotive electro-acoustic rock concert dynamics. Documenting times of enormous and seismic change, Mike Peters (who has performed and sang on stage with Bob Dylan, Neil…

Fri 7 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Auditorium

£15 (£14) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Muse Tribute: by Absolution Muse Tribute UK

Absolution Muse Tribute UK Absolution is Scotland's foremost live four-piece Muse tribute band. They provide a true concert experience. Set includes Muse classics: Hysteria, Knights of Cydonia, Starlight and Deep Cuts and many surprises. The sound hits you like a freight train! Eddie McLaughlin's vocals and falsetto…

Mon 10 Aug

Auditorium (standing)

£12 (£10) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Reely Jiggered

Winners of O2 ABC SoundWave Music Competition are inspired by Celtic folk music and intrigued by world beats and melodies. An interesting and unique fusion of funk, rock, pop and jazz, they take folk music to new heights. Be taken on a journey through the streets of Mexico and the salsa clubs of Cuba. The furious fiddling…

Mon 24 Aug

Auditorium (standing)

£11 (£10) / 0131 222 9930

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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2. Ed Diner31 Jan 2011, 1:58pm1 star Ghillie Dhu Report

Has gone downhill fast. Dreadful service. I've been here on about 4 occasions and all has been well, however my last visit, mid January 2011, was terrible. Service very poor, when the table was booked we asked for a table of 10 only to be given 2 tables of 5! If I didnt want to sit with my friends I would have asked for separate tables myself. Reduced menu on the night that we were not told about and the waitress demanded our bill be paid before 10pm because she wanted to 'settle everything up' even though we had not finished eating. Complaining has proved useless. I've sent 3 emails and not one has been responded to. I won't be going back.

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