- 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
- Website www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk
Big on events and ceilidhs, this grand, cavernous city centre bar and restaurant attracts locals and tourists alike.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With over 40 bars, restaurants and clubs under their belt (and plans to add a remarkable 100 more over the next year) Glasgow’s G1 group is becoming a sizeable beast. Ghillie Dhu is its flagship in Edinburgh; a cavernous two floor bar, restaurant and ceilidh venue (public ceilidhs are held every Friday and Saturday night) that manages a slightly camp but uncluttered olde-worldliness without feeling like it’s just there for the goggle-eyed tourists. The menu is designed and prepared in-house and is predominantly predictable pub staples – pies, pasta, grill options – which won't attract many gourmands, but it’s not the place for them anyway. Likewise, the bar hits dead centre with a range of crowd-pleasing beers, wines and cocktails, but doesn’t really define itself with any left-field options. Still, it’s a busy spot after work on a Friday, and, yes, it’s good for giving it laldy once in a while.
- High point: Medieval ballroom chic
- Low point: It all feels a bit scripted.
- Notable dish: Mac 'n' cheese
- 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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