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

The Blockheads

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

Sat 7 May 2022

£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

Sat 23 Apr 2022

£13.20 / 0131 556 7060

Dutty Moonshine Big Band

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

Sat 14 May 2022

£16.88 / 0131 556 7060

London Calling: A Tribute to The Clash

Tribute to punk legends The Clash.

Fri 18 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 556 7060

Fri 14 Jan 2022

Sold out / 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

Nine Below Zero

Hard rockin' blues and R&B outfit.

Sat 2 Oct

£19.25 / 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 13 May 2022

£13.50 / 0131 556 7060

Pillow Queens

Alt indie four-piece.

Fri 12 Nov

£11.25 / 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…

Tue 23 Nov

£14 / 0131 556 7060

Robert Jon & The Wreck

Blues rock band from Southern California.

Fri 24 Sep

£16.50 / 0131 556 7060

Royal South

Royal South will be back in the Speakeasy at The VooDoo Rooms on Sunday, Sept 20th! The doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7:30pm!

Sun 19 Sep

£12.50–£15 / 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 14 Oct

£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

Fri 21 Jan 2022

£16.50 / 0131 556 7060

The Spitfires

Energetic Mod sounds with a modern punky twist.

Fri 1 Oct

£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

Tribute to American punk band the Cramps.

Tue 8 Jun

£16.95 / 0131 556 7060

Thomas Benjamin Esq.

Yes, the 'No More F*cks' guy

Sat 27 Nov

£11.50 / 0131 556 7060

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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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