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Edinburgh — By Andy Hayes on December 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Review: The Newsroom

Looking for a centrally-located gastro-pub for great drinks and nice atmosphere?  Then look no further than The Newsroom.


What Is it?

The Newsroom is half pub/half restaurant — literally!  The front half of the establishment, with those big open windows opening up onto Leith Street (and the perfect people watching opportunity, I might add), is a bar, frequented by shoppers stopping in after a day’s exploring the mall across the street.  There’s also plenty of seating around the main bar area, so you can relax and enjoy the classic cocktails as well as an extensive beer/wine choice.

Usually, upstairs the room is ambient – the music isn’t too loud – though downstairs it can get a bit noisy.  There aren’t too many seats, though, so if you come late in the evening standing is a distinct possibility.  (Reservations not taken, but just come early – you don’t need them.)

Drinks?  Oh Definitely.

If you can’t decide what drinks you want, then you’re in trouble.  Firstly, there’s a map of whisky, which explains what whisky is from where and you’ll get plenty of support from the staff on making a choice.   (Free samples not guaranteed.)   Other cocktails also have an extensive description on the history of said beverage, so if you need to know why a cosmopolitan is cosmopolitan, the Newsroom has got your back.

You can get cocktails in a number of sizes – including some that I would call bowls, not glasses.  Take it easy – a little goes a long way with these concoctions.

Is there food?

Oh yes.  Until 9pm you’ll find a bar menu that features tapas-like dishes starting from £3.75, but you can also choose multiple dishes for a discount:  perfect for that post-shopping top up on Princes Street or John Lewis department store, or to get some filler in your stomach beofre a long night out.  One of my faves is the camembert ciabatta for £5, but I haven’t found any complaints with the menu.    Indian Chicken Salad and their burgers also get the thumbs up from friends and visitors.

There’s also a new feature (at least new to me) -’Dinner for a Tenner’ – available on Sundays.

Why should you go?

Well, there’s the great ambience and vibe.  The atmosphere here is top notch – luxurious without being pretentious.  There’s free Wifi, always a great highlight for those of us iPhone-enabled.  And with a lovely bar menu, what’s not to like?

You can reserve the basement bar area for private parties during the week; otherwise, there’s a live DJ on the weekend.  The Newsroom is open to 1AM, so go and check it out.

The Important Stuff

Website:  www.inthenewsroom.co.uk

Getting There:  5-11 Leith Street.  The Newsroom is literally 2 steps down from the east end of Princes Street.  Just cross the street and head down the hill and it’s just a few doors down on your right.

Open Daily 11AM – 1AM.

PS – In the area? If it’s a rainy way, I suggest a show at the Omni Cinema, one of several movie theatres in Edinburgh.  Or if the sun is shining, wear comfortable shoes and have a look at some of the nearby hidden architecture of Edinburgh.

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