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“Fun and different!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bramble Bar & Lounge

Bramble Bar & Lounge
Ranked #269 of 2,438 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Drinks, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: New Town
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fun and different!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Managed to find this place relatively easily after following the advice from other comments as I have tried to visit before. The venue itself is great and something different off George Street. It has a sort of speakeasy vibe. There is a great selection of drinks and I really enjoyed the cocktails. My only complaint is the noise level - quite difficult to have a conversation over the DJ but if you're looking for somewhere with great drinks, not too busy and with great service (table service was brilliant!) then this is the place for you. It is also quite dark because it's in the basement. Because it's not easy to just "walk into" it's a lot quieter than other bars in the area. Would definitely go back and maybe with a larger group of people too. We came on a Saturday night at around 9ish and although we found the last seats at the time, it didn't get too crowded and most people who came afterwards managed to get a seat too.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“5 star”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

Loved this place amazing cocktails only downside is that it's pretty small. But will be going back to try more of the cocktails.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great cocktails”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Its not very easy to find but when you do its worth it! really nice cocktails and atmosphere, will definitely be back!

Visited April 2014
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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

On a weekend trip to Edinburgh we had read about Bramble in a guide book (The Lonely Planet I think). Always a fan of cocktails, especially when we can treat ourselves, we decided to go on the hunt for the elusive bar.

The guidebook wasn't kidding, this place isn't the easiest to find. It took us about half an hour of walking and googlemapping to try and get ourselves in the right place. Bramble is a cellar bar and it's only signage is a bronze plaque on the wall. The steps down to the cellar are intriguing and the door to enter just looks like a normal door. This isn't the type of bar that's going to offer you everything on a plate, you've got to work for the results.

Once you enter, the layout is all alcoves, angles and hideaway seating areas. The ambiance is set wonderfully by the music and the low lighting. I've seen negative reviews about the lighting but we found it wonderful, very cosy and removed. Again I've seen negative reviews about the staff but the bartender was incredibly welcoming, a real gentleman, and the drinks he made us were absolutely wonderful. The pricing wasn't anymore than we expected to pay for a good cocktail and we didn't feel out of place. We were sad we couldn't spend longer there as we had reservations for tea.

All in all we absolutely loved Bramble. Really helped make our weekend away that extra bit special. It's a shame if some others have had bad times there but don't let that completely influence you, we had a brilliant time. We can't wait to go back and we always tell all our friends about it even if they aren't visiting Edinburgh just because we had such a fun time there!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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“Great cocktail in hidden bar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

I had been told about Bramble so was determined to visit when in Edinburgh. Admittedly it was difficult to find but a passer by managed to point my partner and I to the underground bar which sits below what looks like a closed down shop. It's very discrete but the staff were great and the cocktails very impressive. Would recommend.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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