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 Festival and Christmas: open 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
  • Average price £20 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price 20% off the set menu
  • Email
  • Website www.thevoodoorooms.com
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Voodoo Rooms

Competitively priced bistro staples within an eccentrically blinged-up period setting.

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On paper some might say black leather, gold and mirrored surfaces are not the most obvious of bedfellows for a 19th-century period property. Yet, in the same spirit of adventure adopted by the bar’s mixologists, the interior mash-up just seems to work. The main bar is the heart of the operation, which also includes live music, fringe and event spaces. The vibe is buzzing – folk wait for their gig to start, office workers enjoy a post-work tipple and tired shoppers kick back in one of the booths for a snack or a bottle of something fizzy. The menu is competitively priced and delivers good quality bistro staples in an intimate, and slightly Gothic, dining room. Smoked venison with goat's cheese and cucumber salad; plump scallops with iron-rich black pudding and chorizo sit among the starters. The gourmet burger is hefty, its well-seasoned beef served in a crisp brioche bun with skinny fries. There are few surprises on this solid menu, but everything is executed with confidence, leaving the more experimental activities to the other side of the bar.

  • High point: Bling-tastic interior worth the flight of stairs
  • Low point: Service can feel a little strained at busier times
  • Notable dish: Gourmet burger
  • Private dining: 100 seated, 200 standing
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Cool lounge
  • Live entertainment: Live music, comedy, themed nights at least once a week
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 35 events at this location

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The Blockheads

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

Sun 29 Oct

£24.50 / 0131 556 7060

Callaghan

New wave country sounds from singer-songwriter Callaghan, playing from latest album A History of Now.

Sun 4 Jun

£12.10 / 0131 556 7060

Carol Cates: Lady Carol

Carol Cates She's performed as Lady Carol around the world for over a decade, from America, Canada, all over Europe and Australia; in the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House; on boats, barges, and bridges; caves, castles and kitchens; pubs, clubs, and all the exciting social hubs. But things change, shoes wear…

Fri 4 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 27 Aug

Carter Sampson

Country singer.

Mon 1 May

£12 / 0131 556 7060

Chameleons Vox

The latest incarnation of 80s guitar band the Chameleons led by original vocalist and bassist Mark Burgess.

Thu 1 Jun

£17.50 / 0131 556 7060

The Chap-Hop Decade

Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer Mr B returns to his Edinburgh Fringe home at the Voodoo Rooms for a show celebrating a decade of chap-hop. Hail the chap! Mr B began his chap-hop career in 2007 when he decided to bring elements of his previous incarnations (UK rapper, jump-up breaks producer, banjolele maverick and dandy…

Tue 15 Aug

The Ballroom

£12 / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

The Ballroom

£12 / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

The Ballroom

£12 / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

John Osborne / PBH Free Fringe venue A brand new storytelling show by John Osborne (John Peel's Shed, Sky 1's After Hours). Finding a collection of old copies of the Radio Times leads John to piece together the life of the previous owner through the shows that have been circled. This show looks at the changing way all…

Sat 5 Aug

French Quarter

0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

French Quarter

0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 7 Aug

French Quarter

0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Aug

Cross Fit

Jesus L’Oreal Christ In a world that has gone toupee-sy turvy, Jesus L’Oreal Christ returns once again from the call centre in the sky with more untold stories, legwarmers and wind machines to promote his new fitness and wellbeing empire. Join the dyslexic disco-dancing King of the Shoes as he inspires you to achieve…

Fri 4 Aug

The Ballroom

£10–£12 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

The Ballroom

£10–£12 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

The Ballroom

£10–£12 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 27 Aug

DJ Format & Abdominal

The hip hop DJ and rap star back together again.

Fri 5 May

Elles Bailey

Blues, country and rock vocalist.

Fri 20 Oct

£15 / 0131 556 7060

With Logans Close.

Eric Gales

Memphis blues guitarist.

Wed 24 May

£16 / 0131 556 7060

With Gary Hoey.

The Gift And Tiger Moth Tales In Edinburgh

The Gift are a contemporary progressive rock band who blend strong songs with instrumental complexity, power and emotion. Tiger Moth Tales is the brainchild of Peter Jones, a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer.

Hilda & The Spectrum

Elf Lyons and Ryan Lane / PBH Free Fringe Weird comedy soul mates* Elf and Ryan perform their debut show. Part clown show, part autobiography, it's an absurd, camp comedy about ping-pong, the DDR and Angela Lansbury. Expect improvisation, time travel *, niche film references and lemons. Graduates of Ecole Gaulier.

Sat 5 Aug

French Quarter

0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

French Quarter

0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 7 Aug

French Quarter

0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug

The Illicit Thrill

  • 4 stars

A night of burlesque, striptease and entertainment, hosted by housemistress Gypsy Charms.

Fri 4 Aug

Sat 5 Aug

Sun 6 Aug

…and 12 more dates until 27 Aug

Illicit Thrill: Tits, Tease and Ten Pound Notes

Gypsy Charms The Fringe’s shadiest nightspot, the Illicit Thrill is back in the stripteasing business. Housemistress Gypsy 'Fur Coat No Knickers' Charms and trusty sidekick Savannah 'Best Butt in the Business' Duvall will guide punters through the bump'n'grindy world of tits, tease and ten pound notes. Leave your…

Fri 4 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 27 Aug

Jamaica Sings Robert Burns

Reggae versions of Burns classics from Jamaican artist Brina's upcoming album Jamaica Sings Robert Burns.

Thu 4 May

£12 / 0131 556 7060

Part of TradFest.

Just Beatles

Tribute to The Beatles.

Fri 16 Jun

£11 / 0131 556 7060

Lucky Peterson

Contemporary blues musician who fuses soul, R&B, gospel and rock'n'roll.

Sat 2 Sep

£18 / 0131 556 7060

With Lewis Hamilton.

Mcfleetwood

Tribute to fleetwood mac

Fri 30 Jun

£13.45 / 0131 556 7060

Miracle Glass Company

Austen George (The Set Up), William Douglas (William Douglas & the Wheel), and Andy Duncan (Miyagi, The Black Diamond Express) perform psychedelic rock as Miracle Glass Company.

Fri 28 Apr

£8–£10 / 0131 556 7060

Part of Late Night In The Big City.

Paul Lamb & the Kingsnakes

One of the UK's premier blues bands takes to the stage with a fusion of west coast swing and Chicago south side blues.

Sat 30 Sep

£16 / 0131 556 7060

With Lights Out By Nine.

Prince Party

Clubnight celebrating the music of Prince.

Sat 10 Jun

£11.25 / 0131 556 7060

Non-stop Prince music and exclusive videos played by DJ Unique.

Rhoda Dakar

An appearance by the talented singer-songwriter and Bodysnatchers star.

Fri 6 Oct

£13.75 / 0131 556 7060

Rhythm & Style

A fashion show by Scottish designer Jacqui Burke, with live music, a raffle and dance from Fierce Pro Dancers. All profits to be donated to AsthmaUK.

Thu 27 Apr

£7 / 0131 556 7060

Skinny Lister

Folky sounds from London five-piece.

Wed 26 Apr

£12 / 0131 556 7060

Sat 29 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 556 7060

The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Keith James in Concert

Keith James brings his wonderful interpretation of Leonard Cohen to Edinburgh

Speech Debelle

Female British rapper signed to Big Dadda Records and winner of 2009's Mercury Music Prize.

Sat 27 May

£12.50 / 0131 556 7060

Stillmarillion - Clutching At Straws

StillMarillion are the established "tribute" to the classic Fish Era of British progressive rock legends Marillion. More of a homage than a tribute StillMarillion have been on the European scene since 2009 and feature Martin Jakubski on vocals. Martin has the distinction of also singing in original Marillion guitarist…

Stone Foundation

Northern soul band from the Midlands, rocking the old school rhythm'n'blues sound on Hammond and horns.

Fri 19 May

£13.50 / 0131 556 7060

Stuck In Ze Bunker With You

One-man show from the leader of The Iraq Pack who hopes to win the hearts of western audiences with songs like 'Third Reich' and 'You've Got Me Under Berlin'.

Fri 4 Aug

£10–£12 / 0131 556 7060

Sat 5 Aug

£10–£12 / 0131 556 7060

Sun 6 Aug

£10–£12 / 0131 556 7060

…and 12 more dates until 27 Aug

Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado

Singer and guitarist Thorbjørn Risager and his all-star band from Denmark.

Thu 28 Sep

£15 / 0131 556 7060

With Main Street Blues.

VEGAS!

Hipster swing, jump jive, rockin' R&B, dancefloor jazz, sleazy listening and gangster grooves at the multiple award-winning, multi-genre club night for movers, groovers, hipsters, flipsters, guys and dolls.

Sat 29 Apr

£9 / 0131 556 7060

Vive La Variete

Blond Ambition Productions Vaudeville, comedy and cabaret are all on the menu in a five-star feast of first-rate fun. Vive La Variete gathers performers from all around the world to create a dazzling spectacle that is guaranteed to entertain and never fails to please. No smoke. No mirrors. A rip-roaring show with…

Fri 4 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

The Ballroom

£10 / 0131 556 7060

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 27 Aug

Reviews & features

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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5. king-salami8 Jan 2010, 4:14pm4 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

We popped in for Friday lunch and had the duck stir fry (very tasty) and the breakfast fry-up (which was a huge plateful, and tasty) in the bar. It wasn't very busy (it is January) but service and atmosphere were good. The food was great value. I'd recommend it and intend to return at some point for an evening visit to check it out at night.

Shame about the scaffolding - it ruins the view...

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.

2. frank_s18 May 2009, 2:08pm4 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Had a great meal here on Friday night... it was busy but not too busy. The food was surprisingly good (especially the surf n turf), the staff helpful and the drinks excellent.

A very pleasant night - try the "Purple Rose of Tokyo" or "Choco Pops" if you like cocktails..

1. Shawn18 Feb 2009, 2:46pm5 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

I've been to the Voodoo Rooms a few times for nights out and so was looking forward to finally eating here too. The place really lived up to my expectations, the great decor and atmosphere, good service, all be it on a quiet tuesday night, lovely cocktails and good food, my burger being cooked just right. When i was struggling to make my mind up on the choice of dessert, the friendly waitress recommended the sticky toffee pudding, which was a great tip, as it turned out to be one of the best i'd ever had.

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 5 reviews of The Voodoo Rooms.

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