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Under the Stairs: the artists' watering hole

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In Old Town, this rustic-chic restaurant-bar is a hangout for intellectuals, artists, and students, who come for the relaxed atmosphere and the cheap and delicious cocktails and cuisine.

On the mezzanine floor of an old building hidden inside a maze of alleys, the place is well worth the effort it takes to find it. Home of the best cocktails in Edinburgh, the bar, with its plain stone walls and wood floors, is especially cosy around the fireplace. Everyone sits in chairs or mismatched sofas that are soft and comfortable. There is no better place to enjoy a Mary Stairs, the flagship cocktail of the house, a mixture of spirits and spices that whets the appetite. Choose a soup to start, followed by a burger or slow-roasted lamb. It's hard to choose between the many local and seasonal offerings, all reasonably priced.

Under the Stairs
3A Merchant Street
Edinburgh EH1 2QD

+44 131 466 8550

www.underthestairs.org

Menu: around 15 GBP

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