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#107 of 309 Bar in Edinburgh
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Bar, European, British, Pub, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Old Town
0.2 miles from Edinburgh Castle
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Reviewed 10 October 2020

Came here for drinks a couple of times while staying at the area. Good atmosphere and comfy chairs to sit on. Lots of tv's with sport on but it didn't bother us. Friendly staff. Would recommend.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 8 September 2020 via mobile

we visited twice and felt totally safe with the covid measures in place. Staff really helpful and friendly and the pizzas totally delicious! Defo recommend.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 8 August 2020 via mobile

We stopped here for a drink as our feet were killing. Really friendly staff we tried some local Edinburgh lager which was lovely. Its definately more a sports pub though tvs everywhere and quite dark. We left happy though

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 27 July 2020

I can't imagine how anyone could give a poor review to this place but if its fine dining you want go elsewhere. Friendly welcome on the 3 occasions we went there - prompt service and very clean given the current covid issues and sanitation requirements....More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 9 March 2020

Footlights is dingy and expensive. There were flies all over the bar and the bar man was visibly swatting them away when he made our drinks. The ladies toilets were freezing cold and I'm told the gents smelt disgusting.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 3 March 2020

Came in with people I support and was approached by the “managing director” who told us we had to buy drinks to continue using the pool table. Totally fair enough but then refused to explain it to the supported people and completely ignored them when...More

Date of visit: March 2020
FootlightsBarGril, Owner at Footlights Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2020

Hi Nel, I did indeed approach you as a support worker and asked for your assistance in communicating the fact that our pool table and dart board are for the use of our customers and that a purchase had to be made in order to...More

Reviewed 14 February 2020

Meal was lovely everyone said there meal was nice no complaints we had macaroni cheese,haggis,and burger everything was good and the service we nice also liked the idea of a pool table x

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 14 February 2020 via mobile

Came in on my visit home from Spain with my Spanish partner. Had not been in for a while as I usually will go to the merkat the sister bar/restaurant. But due to bad weather and not wanting to get too cold walking. Had never...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 17 January 2020

Ate together with my boyfriend here and got some classic food. Mark (staff) was amazing with the service and a really genuine guy. Thank you!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 17 December 2019

We had a lovely lunch here and Abbey our server was really friendly & patient (we were so indecisive) would definitely recommend and come back again. We had the bacon cheeseburger and halloumi skewers

Date of visit: December 2019
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William S
23 December 2016|
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Response from Lee R | Property representative |
Hi William, immediately before Footlights Bar & Grill it was called Footlights & Firkin. Prior to that it was called The Garrick. Cheers Lee.
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    Footlights Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4