The Voodoo Rooms

The Voodoo Rooms
19a West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 7060
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
  • Seasonal times August: Mon–Sun noon–3am; Dec and Hogmanay until 3am
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 4–10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Table back before 7pm
  • Pre-theatre price 20% off the set menu
  • Email
  • Website www.thevoodoorooms.com
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Covid-19 precautions

We are operating in a new table service only format on the top floor (including The Ballroom) with a range of measures including reduced capacity, perspex screens or physical distancing between tables, increased ventilation, one way systems and increased cleaning.
Last updated: 1 August 2020

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Voodoo Rooms

Competitively priced bistro staples with a hint of quirk in a live music-driven, eccentrically blinged-up period setting.

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Known more for it’s raucous weekend nights and excellent cocktails, this bar and gig venue also runs a busy restaurant in its opulent Victorian gothic rooms. Lofty ceilings, panelled walls, leather banquettes and curlicue chairs are a uniform black and gold, lending an eclectic Joan-Crawford-meets-Slayer vibe. At night it perhaps suggests good times and strong drinks more than dinner, but lunch times are quieter, and popular with city shoppers and tourists alike. Eclecticism runs to the menu too: beetroot sorbet accompanies smoked duck and blue cheese, and dark chocolate jelly tops a pearly cauliflower risotto. More conventional items include crunchy courgette fritters to start, or crab claw meat on wholemeal bread from the range of sandwiches available during lunch, though the latter’s mammoth proportions could stifle the rest of the day's activities. Cocktail bar, venue, restaurant: the Voodoo Rooms packs it all in, and doesn’t do a bad job, but maybe it’s not the best place to take your gran – unless she’s into Slayer.

The List's rating
6.4

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Will Bain visited The Voodoo Rooms on 20 January 2019
  • High point: Brilliant cocktails in fine, fin de siècle settings
  • Low point: Some menu items could do with a rethink
  • Notable dish: Cauliflower risotto with scallops, chocolate jelly and flaked almonds
  • Average price: £20 (lunch); £22.50 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 100 seated, 200 standing
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Various
  • Live entertainment: Live music, comedy, themed nights at least once a week, disco and house DJ from 9pm on Fri & Sat. Venue for hire.
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 20 (or can book whole restaurant occasionally)
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle

Events at this venue

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The Amy Winehouse Experience: Lioness

Tribute to the soulful jazz sounds of Amy Winehouse performed by Emma Wright and band.

Fri 5 Nov

£16.50 / 0131 556 7060

Ben Railway Robey

Starting the tour in Europe and traveling through Scotland, England and Ireland this is truly Blues on the road to get excited about.

Fri 19 Feb

£24.50 / 0131 556 7060

Ben Watt

London-born musician and producer, best known as one half of the duo Everything But The Girl. Current collaborator and acclaimed guitarist Bernard Butler (Suede) will be joining Watt on his November solo tour of the UK.

Thu 6 May

£19.80 / 0131 556 7060

The Blockheads

Ian Dury's redoubtable band return to pay tribute to their late, great frontman.

Fri 16 Apr

£28.13 / 0131 556 7060

Deeper Purple Live

Following the chaos of the global pandemic of 2020 the Battle Rages On in 2021 for Deeper Purple as they return to tour the UK.

Fri 2 Jul

£13.20 / 0131 556 7060

Dizraeli

The Bristol-born rapper and poet performs a lively and eclectic fusion of hip hop and folk.

Thu 29 Apr

£13.50 / 0131 556 7060

Dutty Moonshine Big Band

Fourteen-piece heavy bass ensemble, playing a fusion of jazz with grime and hip-hop.

Thu 20 May

£16.88 / 0131 556 7060

Gerry Jablonski Band

Return to the Voodoo Rooms for the Gerry Jablonski Band with support from Bourbon Street

Sat 27 Mar

£12 / 0131 556 7060

The Haggis Horns

The Haggis Horns are an eight piece live funk extravaganza combining heavy breakbeat funk, soul, hip-hop and afrobeat with the virtuosity of trained jazz musicians.

Sat 10 Apr

£16.88 / 0131 556 7060

The Hillbilly Moon Explosion

A half-English 4-piece hidden away in the unlikely habitat of Switzerland, they?ve honed their craft without distraction for many years.

Fri 26 Mar

Free / 0131 556 7060

A Kick Up The 90s

A Kick Up The 90s bring their 90's tribute show to the Voodoo Rooms. 2 hours of start to finish 90s hits and anthems featuring songs from acts such as Oasis, Pulp, Blur, The Stone Roses, Supergrass, The Happy Mondays and a whole lot more.

Fri 26 Mar

£10 / 0131 556 7060

London Calling - A Tribute to The Clash

Punk legends The Clash have their best-know tunes performed live.

Fri 18 Jun

£14.85 / 0131 556 7060

Sat 19 Jun

£14.85 / 0131 556 7060

Luca Stricagnoli

Classical guitarist from Italy known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques.

Sun 19 Sep

£19.50 / 0131 556 7060

Nearly Dan

A tribute band covering Steely Dan's hits note for note.

Fri 3 Dec

£20.25 / 0131 556 7060

The Nightingales

The Nightingales was formed by former members of Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects. The current line up features Lloyd, original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass and ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson.

Fri 23 Apr

£12 / 0131 556 7060

Oh My God! Its The Church

Oh My God It?s The Church! ? The Genesis Tour 2020. The Lord may work in mysterious ways, but there is nothing mysterious about the rise of the phenomenon that is - Oh My God! It?s The Church.

Fri 14 May

£13.50 / 0131 556 7060

Ren Harvieu

Salford-born songstress Lauren Maria 'Ren' Harvieu began her rise to success uploading original tracks to MySpace and has since gone on to receive a nomination for the BBC Sounds Of 2012 poll, as well as critical and commercial success. She blends vintage soulful tones with sumptuous swing touches in a live performance…

Fri 19 Mar

£14 / 0131 556 7060

Rescheduled The Hillbilly Moon Explosion

This is the rescheduled gig for The Hillbilly Moon Explosion. All tickets for the previous event are valid and you will be on the guest list. They will be supported by Supports. The Best Bad Influence The Rocka Hillbillies The Bikini Bottoms Cherry Red ‘ 53

Thu 11 Mar

£25 / 0131 556 7060

Robert Jon & The Wreck

Blues rock band from Southern California.

Tue 4 May

£16.50 / 0131 556 7060

Scott Matthews

Solo artist from Wolverhampton whose folk/blues influenced sound can be heard on albums Passing Stranger and Elsewhere, the latter of which featured a duet with Robert Plant.

Thu 18 Mar

£19.25 / 0131 556 7060

Smoove & Turrell

A seductive take on Motown, funk and acid jazz from this Geordie vocal duo.

Fri 25 Jun

£18.95 / 0131 556 7060

The Specials Ltd.

Tribute to 2-Tone legends, The Specials.

Sat 29 May

£16.50 / 0131 556 7060

The Spitfires - Life Worth Living Tour

"If there is any justice left in this world, 'Life Worth Living' should propel The Spitfires way, way into the celestial sphere." Louder Than War Magazine The Spitfires launch their incredible new album Life Worth Living on Acid Jazz Records, which recently charted at #1 on the Indie Breakers Chart and #4 in the overall…

Fri 7 May

£13.75 / 0131 556 7060

Tam Petty and The Heartfakers

Tam Petty & The Heartfakers present an evening of Tom's music in the intimate setting of the Speakeasy at Edinburgh's legendary Voodoo Rooms.

Sat 23 Oct

Free / 0131 556 7060

Teenage Werewolves(Cramps Tribute)She'Sinbauhaus/Carbona Not Glue

TEENAGE WEREWOLVES - the world’s best Cramps tribute return to the UK after their wildly successful 2019 UK tour. The most unlikely & ridiculous show youll ever find, started in 2010 with their visually intoxicating show preaching the gospel of The Cramps from the pulpit-stage in Los Angeles after the death of Lux…

Tue 8 Jun

£16.95 / 0131 556 7060

Thomas Benjamin Esq.

Yes, the 'No More F*cks' guy

Sat 6 Feb

£11.50 / 0131 556 7060

Transmission: The Sound Of Joy Division

Tribute act devoted to recreating the atmosphere and sound of Joy Division.

Sun 24 Jan

£13.75 / 0131 556 7060

Reviews & features

Celebrate National Daiquiri Day in Edinburgh as part of Bacardi Rum Month

11 Jul 2019

Join Bacardi for their special daiquiri cocktail tasting tour at the Voyage of Buck, Voodoo Rooms and Bullard & Worth

Now in its sophomore year, Bacardi Rum Month is back and hosting 50 events across the UK in July. Bacardi Rum Month brings together the best bars and rum cocktails in the UK for a month-long celebration featuring mojitos, piña coladas and daiquiris. On…

Compare the Market launch new 2 for 1 Meerkat Meals, restaurants in Edinburgh participate

7 Aug 2018

Alongside big chains independent Edinburgh restaurants 11, Zucca, The Rosehip, Bar Brig and more will participate

Thanks to the latest money saving incentive from Compare the Market you can now dine out on 2 for 1 starters, mains and desserts with Meerkat Meals. The deal runs in conjunction with the ever popular 2 for 1 cinema ticket deal Meerkat Movies, and is…

The Twilight Sad

4 Dec 2009

In our four-star review of their debut album Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters, the List proclaimed that the Twilight Sad are ‘a band who make sad music – yet it’s that particular Scottish sadness which finds itself couched in a kind of…

Cocktail kudos

17 Jul 2008

Shervene Shahbazkhani recently won the Scottish heats of the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in Edinburgh with her innovative cocktail, ‘Bring the Beat Back’. She describes how she made it; ‘I tend to follow what my instincts tell me to make. Most cocktails…

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4. Rulou16 Jun 2009, 10:09pm2 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Fabulous setting, but unfortunately the distinctly mediocre food does not live up to the splendid decor.

3. Rulou16 Jun 2009, 10:07pm2 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Fabulous setting, but, unfortunately the distinctly mediocre food does not live up to the splendid decor.

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