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Assembly Bar

Old Town
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Address: 41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HB, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 220 4288

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OK for a quick drink

Fine place for a drink or simple snack if you are in the area for a show. Surroundings quite pleasant.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 August 2015
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Fine place for a drink or simple snack if you are in the area for a show. Surroundings quite pleasant.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

I have just returned from having a meal at this venue after purchasing a living social deal. The main and cocktail were fine but the rest of the night was spent waiting for a dessert that never arrived. To top this off, we also spent most of the time telling groups of students to stop rocking the end of the... More 

Thank gh_15A
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

I've eaten lunch in Assembly on several occasions and have never been disappointed. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with big comfy sofas and armchairs and a bit of a quirky but cool feel. The menu is select but offers a decent range. On my most recent visit both myself and my friend opted for the fajitas, at £7 they... More 

Thank Ruth S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

I opted for the penne carbonara, bacon and garlic cream sauce. It was truly awful. There was a peculiar minty flavour, but no garlic flavour, throughout. I found earing the food quite an endurance, as overall it was rather unpleasant. My mouth was also unusually dry afterwards becasue the bacon was so salty. The décor was not very exciting and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2011

Myself and some friends ate here last weekend and had a lovely time. It was a cold and wet night but as soon as we stepped into the bar it felt so warm and welcoming. It has quite a varied layout with some booths tucked away at the back and some tables dotted about, there is an area out front... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

Used to go to this place a lot last year being a student & enjoyed the food for under a fiver. At that price you can't really complain and the food was decent for what it was worth. However, start of term and a group of friends and I returned not only to find the prices had increased but the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

We were atracted to the Assembly Bar for lunch as it had an outdoor seating area busy with people eating in the sunshine. We chose our food from the 'Dine for a Fiver' menu and were delighted with the Green Thai Chicken Curry and Chilli with Rice, Salad and Tacos. We were served quickly which suited us perfectly on this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2009

My husband and I and our 16-year old son stopped by for a quick meal before a Fringe theatre event and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere (great design and music) and appetizers/drinks. Despite its hip ambience, we felt welcome and comfortable.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2006

We visited the Assembly Bar, Lothian St, Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival. It has a great american-diner type vibe. a real buzz with friendly lively staff and trendy friendly customers. The portions of food from the varied menu are enormous and the prices very reasonable. There are tables outside where you can watch the world go by on good days.... More 

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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