City Cafe: "Retro Cool" Edinburgh Nightlife Tip by leok

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This was Edinburgh's first 'designer-bar' and was incredibly popular with the 'in-crowd' when it opened. Now more than a decade later things have gone full circle and it's one of the city's key draws again. The 1950's layout attracts a young attractive clientele in the evening while generous hamburgers, nachos and other American dishes can be bought during the day. DJ's (of variable quality) play the latest dance tracks - but never too loud to prevent conversation. Plenty of seats, a long bar and pool tables all add to the attraction. A second bar downstairs is sometimes open.

Dress Code: Relaxed

Address: 19 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Directions: Minutes from the Royal Mile, practically opposite Cabaret Voltaire and a short walk from the Grassmarket and the Cowgate
Phone: 0131 220 0125
Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 2, 2004
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