51a George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HT
  • Telephone 0131 226 2275
  • Seasonal times Hogmanay until 5am
  • Bar open Mon 10pm–3am; Tue–Sun 5pm–3am.
  • Food served Tue–Sun 5pm–3am.
  • Email
  • Website www.eastsideedinburgh.co.uk
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Eastside aims to bring some edginess to George Street, with street food stalls and pool tables as well as DJs, cocktails and craft beers.

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This late-night bar aims to bring some urban edge to George Street, replacing the glitzier vibe of the previous tenant, Opal Lounge. Exposed air conditioning, concrete and street art set the tone, with a beer vending machine, three free pool tables, weekend DJs and street food stalls adding to the looser feel. On a Friday and Saturday night, local foodie favourites man the stalls. A rotating cast includes Chick + Pea, Kebabbar, Haggis Box and Dog n Bon hotdogs, with the latter sometimes catering Wednesday’s quiz night. Tuesday and Thursday it’s Eastside’s own pizza slices and mac and cheese. Monday is student night with a strictly liquid menu (no food). The bar has Camden beers on tap, lots of craft cans and a long list of cocktails, with shots featuring prominently too. Don’t forget the free pool.

The List's rating






Megan Welford visited Eastside on 19 February 2019
  • High point: Free pool and street food stalls
  • Low point: Mac and cheese portions a bit small to be stomach-lining
  • Notable dish: Holy Macaroni
  • Average price: £9 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 32/16
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: House, disco, dance, rock - depends on the crowd
  • Live entertainment: DJs Babes and Gareth Summervilel alternate Fri and Sat nights
  • Capacity: 108
  • Largest group: Whole place (650 standing)
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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