Casual bar at the top of the Walk with Scandi food and an intimate vibe.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Locals treat JP’s like a second living room – somewhere to bring the kids during the day, to catch up with friends in the evening, to gather with family over brunch, or even to do a spot of exercise (a jogging club of regulars meet every week). It's a perfect example of the re-invention of the old man’s boozer for the top of the Walk’s bright young (and not-so-young) things. Part of Edinburgh’s mini-chain of Swedish bars, the menu bears a Scandi influence – expect smörgåsbords (so much more fun to say than ‘sharing platters’), hasselback potatoes and, of course, meatballs served with lingonberry jam. The cocktail list is interesting, with aquavit making the odd appearance, most notably in the Hot Bjorn Borg which packs a chilli punch. Keep your eyes peeled for regular Swedish events too, like August’s traditional crayfish parties.
- High point: The Hot Bjorn Borg cocktail (aquavit, chilis, lychee & lime)
- Low point: Boring beer selection
- Notable dish: Swedish meatballs
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: An eclectic mix
- Live entertainment: Friday events – soul, funk, RnB, hip-hop featuring live DJs
- Capacity: 200 (70 seated); 20 outdoors
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
- House wine: £14 per bottle
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