Under the Stairs

Gastropub and Pub
3A Merchant St., Old Town, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD, United Kingdom
Hours:
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • Noon–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • Noon–Midnight
Price:
£ £ £ £
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
7.7/10

Based on 69 votes

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    Ben
    "table service gives this bar"(2 Tips)
    Halsted B.
    "The cocktails are terrific, and the atmosphere is cosy and warm."(7 Tips)
    Alec M.
    "Nice relaxed atmosphere and good music background!"(4 Tips)
    Gary B.
    "Serves the excellent Barcelona brewed Estrella Damn on tap."(3 Tips)
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  • table service
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • underground bar
  • cozy
  • casual
  • intimate
  • fireplaces
  • sweet potato fries
  • risotto
  • good service
  • wine
  • beer
  • cake
  • steak
  • comfortable seats
  • gnocchi
  • hidden spots
  • margaritas
  • music
  • Brian

    Very varied an interesting menu. Popular, so often busy.

    Brian · March 22
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  • Artem B.

    Ridiculously rich cocktail selection. Cosy fireplace and homely couches.

    Artem Bjork · February 14
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  • Tim W.

    Fantastic cosy underground bar

    Tim Whitworth · December 28, 2014
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  • Halsted B.

    The first time I came here, I didn't expect the menu here to be so varied and interesting, but it always is. The cocktails are terrific, and the atmosphere is cosy and warm.

    Halsted Bernard · November 25, 2014
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  • Wian H.

    Cosy and warm in winter. Nice atmosphere for dinner and wine.

    Wian Hattingh · October 4, 2014
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  • Alec M.

    Nice relaxed atmosphere and good music background!

    Alec McDowall · October 1, 2014
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  • Hamilton P.

    Very cosy with a nice atmosphere. They serve Asahi beer in draft.

    Hamilton Pereira · September 16, 2014
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  • Tim B.

    Funky hipster layout, fish tank, fire, beer and wine

    Tim Bates · September 8, 2014
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  • Best Bars

    Dead cosy with kooky yet simple cocktails. Try the Beetroot and Wasabi Margarita, feels healthy with a subtle spicy kick. Perfect place for a casual catch up with nibbles served til midnight. Read more

    Best Bars · August 14, 2014
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  • Filia

    A hidden bar under the stairs with great music and pleasant environment will make you love it from the first moment!

    Filia · June 7, 2014
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  • Best Bars

    Dead cosy and kooky yet simple cocktails. Try the Beetroot and Wasabi Margarita, feels healthy with a subtle spicy kick. Perfect place for a casual catch up with nibbles served til midnight.

    Best Bars · March 25, 2014
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  • Laura S.

    Try any of their cocktails. They are in two words: a mazing!

    Laura Suárez · March 25, 2014
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  • Julia D.

    Fantastic cocktails. And lovely food!

    Julia Davies · March 21, 2014
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  • Alexander L.

    Great steak. Portions are generous.

    Alexander Lee · January 29, 2014
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  • Olivia V.

    Really good food, cheap and great music. No tourists.

    Olivia Vinden · September 25, 2013
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  • R N.

    Great place to escape Jocktoberfest

    R Nalin · July 12, 2013
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  • Rose S.

    Try the cheesecake - it's AMAZING!

    Rose Stott · May 26, 2013
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  • Jimmy G.

    Really great sweet potato fries. The service was a little slow but not outrageous, if kind of went with the ambience of the place. Really enjoyed both the food and venue itself.

    Jimmy Gale · April 15, 2013
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  • Angel A.

    This is a cozy spot where locals hang out. Comfy chairs, relaxed service, good range of drinks, and reasonably priced food. If you like Bloody Mary's, try the Beetlejuice!

    Angel Anderson · January 3, 2013
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  • Ben

    Cosiest of cosy. Great selection of drinks, very reasonable and tasty food, and the table service gives this bar an intimate, unhurried atmosphere.

    Ben · September 16, 2012
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  • Karli S.

    The risotto cake is the best! You have to have it when you go for trivia night. Try their rendition of a white russian after dinner too!

    Karli Scott · April 24, 2012
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  • Conrad D.

    Amazing food, amazing, casual atmosphere!

    Conrad Doucette · February 29, 2012
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  • Alan C.

    Be prepared to be asked to move seats if only in for a drink!

    Alan Connelly · February 6, 2012
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  • Illegal Jack

    Decent table service bar, great ambience, limited draft beer range, and grouchy management. I'm here a lot, I should know :)

    Illegal Jack · September 7, 2011
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  • Andrew S.

    Weird table policy, no drinks at the bar, and expensive-sounding tea! Hipster staff too :(

    Andrew Smith · August 19, 2011
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  • Alicia R.

    Make a reservation for dinner, especially during the Fringe.

    Alicia Romo · August 11, 2011
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  • Gary B.

    Serves the excellent Barcelona brewed Estrella Damn on tap. Great atmosphere. Good music.

    Gary Bowman · March 12, 2011
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  • Calum S.

    Serves Pacifico beer so it has to be good... Read more

    Calum Scouller · June 11, 2010
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  • Richard F.

    Ask for Ginger Prince Macleod at the bar and receive a free drink!

    Richard Falconer · June 10, 2010
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  • Alison P.

    Great new bar in Edinburgh - really relaxed place to meet friends!

    Alison Paul · May 5, 2010
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  • Gerard C.

    Excellent selection of bottled beers. Also, try the Falafel burger.

    Gerard C · April 6, 2010
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