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Edinburgh -going Southside  2/2



Pear Tree  is a modern pub with a square island bar having seating all around it. Outside is a very large sheltered space with lots of tables and a stage. Variety of seating and tables.

The real ale dispensing does not look like tradition pumps.

Have a pint here

Real ale: Deuchers;  Tight Head;  Doombar;

Heavy:            Caledonia Best

Lager:            Tennent’s;   Stella; 1664;  Alechemy Orange and Lemon; Citra Burst; Calton Gold; Blue Moon


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Head to the Southside - trail 7


Back onto the main road, the next right hand corner has Greenmantle. Continue down and on the left-hand side is McSorley's Bar. Cross back over and turn right (no car entry) and go down Gifford Park to reach another main road (Buccleuch St) and turn to the right and walk up to The Dagba.

Continue up Buccleuch St which becomes Chapel St, and turn right at the crossroads into West Nicolson St. On this corner is The Pear Tree and next door is The Blind Poet and next door again is Andrew Usher & Co.

Leaving here return to the corner and keep walking on the right (now Potterrow) to reach The Potting Shed. Continue up from here and turn right into Marshall St which will return you to Nicolson St.

Continuing straight up the pavement which curves around to the left brings you to Paradise Palms and the Beyond The Grassmarket Trail.

The Potting Shed has a  long metal bar counter. Booths and tables beyond this. Wood (and plywood) predominates, most of it distressed. Tables along side window. Variety of seating to go with low  and dining tables. Beers advertised on blackboard and not at the pump. Which are real and which are craft keg. Schooners or pints!

Have a pint here

Craft beer:

Carbon Copy and Carbon Footprint (both from Carbon Smith);           Saison de pluies( a farmhouse ale from Stewarts) 

Mariana Trench  (Weird Beard) ;          Great Pacific Hop Patch and Ragnarok  (both Fyne Ales) ;         House, unfined (Pilot) 

Dead Pony Club (Brewdog) Malaca (Alechemy) ;      Blood Revenge (Black Metal ) ;T       he Clas – a Braggot (Celt Experience)  

Ambner ale (Wiper & True)  ;     Under Current (Siren)  ;         Armarillo (Tempest) ;                      Revelry (Cotswold Spring)

Lager:       Williams;  

Cider: Aspall


Andrew Usher  & Co. has stairs leading to a basement bar with slightly lower level beyond serving area.  The  rooms have the basement style brick walls

Armchair style stools along the bar with 5 real ale pumps and 15 craft keg.  Tables range from small round to large benches via barrels. Some sofas and lots of standing room

Lower back area has blackboard describing ales and window access to viewing the brewing process. Deliberately very basic wooden tables for lots to sit around.

Have a pint(s) here

Real ale: (5)     Adam Henson’s Rare Breed (Butcombe) ;  The Clas – a Braggot (Celt Experience)  

Craft: (15)

Clown Juice(Magic Rock)  ; Villainous (Magic Rock) ;  Holy Cowbell Stout (Ikley) ;    Far Skyline (Buxton) 

Vintage; ;  Grande Cru;  Monumental (Alechemy)

and frum Usher themselves Fusion; Mangos; Alderalon; Happy Bruges; Computer Love;  La Place du Solely


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The Blind Poet is a one roomed pub. Servery to the right hand wall and performance area opposite it.  Small tables around stage and longer tables closer to door.

Have a pint here

Real ale:       Starlaw;   Ten Storey malt (both Alechemy); Deuchers

Heavy:         McEwans 80/-;  

Lager:         Calton Gold; Urquell; Tennents; Coors

Cider          Strongbow

The Royal Mile back to start of Southside

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.

    John Ciardi (1966)

Grassmarket The Cowgate

I'm not so think and drunk you I am.

    John Squires.

The Dagba is a small one roomed bar with U-shaped servery coming out of the far wall.  Seating along side walls and front window. Information on beers on blackboard.

Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2016

Have a pint here.

Real ale:       Butcombe Bitter; Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (Oakham); Oakham Citra; N2 IPA; Dragba draught

Craft     :       Black Isle Organic Blond; Caesar Augustus; Edinburgh Gold; Schillhalion,

Heavy:         Caledonia Best; Asaroth (Oakham)  

Lager:          Tennents;  Erdinger;      

Cider:           Black Rat Cider                      Black Isle Organic Porter

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From the French bis (twice) and cuit (cooked.

McSorley’s is a two roomed bar. The serving counter is to the right. It has high tables around the wall.  Another room through to left with small tables around padded side seating. Some brick walls and some with old LPs. Offers food and music nights.

Real ale: McSorleys (2 pumps not in use)


Lager:          Three Hop; Fosters; Heineken

Cider:           Strongbow + Cloudy Apple+ Dark Fruit; Symmonds Guinness

Waverley Station