- 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
- Bar open Mon–Fri 11am–3am; Sat & Sun 10am–3am.
- Food served Mon–Fri 11am–10pm; Sat & Sun 10am–10pm.
- Average price £9 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- 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 200 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: 60's and 70's rock n roll
- Live entertainment: Live acoustic music nightly in the main bar, full ceilidh band in the auditorium every Friday, covers band and DJs every Saturday, plus talks, performances and Free Fringe in August.
- Capacity: 200 auditorium, 70 main bar
- Largest group: 200
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
There are 2 events at this location
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An Evening With Giovanna Fletcher
Join us as we celebrate the publication of Happy Mum, Happy Baby with Giovanna Fletcher. In Giovanna’s eagerly awaited new book, she shares the honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be…
Ghillie Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience
Enjoy a dram on arrival and witness the haggis being piped into the room before enjoying a three-course meal accompanied by Scottish folk music. After the food ceilidh band The Norman Mackay Experience lead the dancing.
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