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1-3 South Bridge, EH1 1LL.
Tel: 0131 556 9940.
Logie Baird's Bar and the Bank Hotel
Logie Bairds Bar and the Bank Hotel

Occupying a prime location overlooking the crossroads between High Street and South Bridge is a building that looks as if it had to have been built as a bank. It was, in 1923, and the front-on view from across the High Street leaves you feeling that this is a distinctly skinny replica of the Bank of England.

Interior - The Gallery
Interior - The Gallery
The Interior from the Front
The Interior from the Front

The bank became the Bank Hotel in 1998. Its ground floor is occupied by Logie Bairds Bar, a triumph of dark wood and traditional pub styling including a large sort-of island bar. The bar is named after John Logie Baird (one of the fathers of television) and is themed around famous Scotsmen.

The Bar from Across the Royal Mile
The Bar from Across the Royal Mile

The space above the bar serves as a mezzanine floor known as Logie Baird's Gallery (complete, interestingly, with the apostrophe that is missing from the name of the bar itself!) Both the gallery and the "bank manager's office" are available for hire (for parties up to 30). An outside seating area or "sitooterie" is available in good weather.

A choice of real ales is usually available, and the whisky menu features over 20 malts. Food comes in the form of bar snacks. Logie Bairds Bar is popular with tourists, backpackers, business people and locals.

Inside Logie Baird's Bar
Inside Logie Baird's Bar
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