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19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1QR
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We booked a booth in the bar for six on a Saturday evening. The bar itself is beautiful and the atmosphere was brilliant. The staff were all very nice and friendly. The food was probably the worst part of the evening but that's not saying it was bad, just a bit average when compared to everything else. And the table service for drinks suffered hugely once the bar became busier meaning we had to go to the bar to order our drinks on a few occasions. But all in all we had a very enjoyable evening and would definitely go back.
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AntonyAloysius, 15 March 2011:
A bit of a "jack of all trades" venue that happens to do them all pretty well.
It is on the 1st floor of a grand Georgian era building behind Burger King at the East End of Princes Street, and the internal decor is well worth a viewing on its own right.
The food is pretty good, and the cocktails are very imaginative - the show at the bar is half the fun e.g. one is created by setting an alcoholic jelly alight with a flammable spirit, causing it to melt!
Definitely a place I would go back to from time to time.
THe Voodoo Rooms is a really cool, classy music venue, which is one thing Edinburgh doesn't have enough of. At the same time, I find it pretty chilled out here, which makes a good change from the more high-frequency night-spots in the city.
Make sure you make an experience at Soul Explosion, their monthly funk and soul night featuring immense residents the Soul Foundation.
Having enjoyed a number of drinking nights here since it was made over the opportunity arose at the weekend to check out the re-vamped food menu.
Arriving around 13:00 I was pretty surprised to find that my companion and I were the only customers. Possibly people only see it as a good place for a night out (which it is) but given the attentive service, interesting choice of background music (jazz, soul, funk and the theme from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) I'd suggest thaat those who already like it in the late hours should arrive earlier to fully appreciate all it has to offer.
The food itself was good. Whilst the 2 for 1 offer on the Full Scottish Breakfast couldn't be taken advantage of due to a wish to keep it light I would expect it's worth a return visit. The chicken, avocado and brie ciabatta was pronounced a success and a dangerous inhibitor of movement whilst my piri-piri tiger prawns were well presented and suitably spicy.
Stopped in here on April 1st as fancied comparing their bottle of booze at your table efforts. We were initially quoted £84 for a bottle of 42 Below vodka but that reduced to £75 when it turned out they'd no Belvedere available which seems to be the standard on offer. Mixers were by the carafe from the gun (or the can when we changed to Irn Bru later on) and unlimited as you'd expect. Given the amount of work the staff are saved by you doing all your own pouring and mixing the price is rather steep at £10 more than Monteith's but otherwise there's little to choose between the two.
Great venue! My first and only outing to the Voodoo Rooms was for my staff christmas night out and I was very impresed by our meal, the friendly, attentive staff and the bar and cocktials afterwards. Especially the cocktails. I'd definitely iclude this place in my next girlie night out.
Very central and very special. Great venue for fans of different styles of music and people mix.I ended up there on my last birthday by mistake because the taxi driver misunderstood us, may be because we were a bit tipsy. I liked the Ballroom and the many black curtains between the rooms with the kinky architectural design which reminded me somehow of the Twin Peaks movie.
The Voodoo Rooms changed its cocktail menu quite recently and I actually couldn’t find one I wanted to try… they were all a bit too weird (champagne and chocolate liqueur, anyone?).
It’s a beautiful venue though!
The Bar & Restaurant are open daily, and entry to the bar is always free. The Ballroom & Speakeasy are self-contained function rooms which are equipped for a variety of events, ranging from live music, to club-style events, to private functions & parties.
There is a busy schedule of quality entertainment in place for The Ballroom & Speakeasy, and admission may be charged to these rooms, depending upon the event. We have had concerts from the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Barry Adamson, Mark Stewart, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere & Lyrics Born to name a few, with DJ appearances by David Holmes, Andy Smith & Jazzanova.
Many events in The Ballroom & Speakeasy are free entry - Please see the website for up-to-date information.
Both function rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art sound & audiovisual systems and have been used for a variety of different events ranging from trade shows & business meetings, through to birthday parties & wedding receptions.
The building itself is a stunning A-listed New Town property located above the Cafe Royal, and indeed when first built, a part of the same luxury hotel. It has recently been revamped & restored to the high standard that it deserves.
We have full onsite catering facilities,and we can cater for any size of function, ranging from a private dining experience for 2, through to a banquet for 120. The Voodoo Rooms restaurant menu offers brasserie style dishes prepared using fresh Scottish produce. The restaurant is open every day until 10pm, with daily specials available.
Breakfast / Lunch / Brunch is served Friday - Sunday.
The Voodoo Rooms is the newest & most decedent creation of the people behind the hugely successful Vegas club night and the Villager and Dragonfly style bars and it in no way dissapoints.
Located in the former upstairs rooms of the Cafe Royale (still located downstairs), the venue has been very lovingly restored - the new decor is stunning and won the venue a, well deserved, Scottish Style award in 2008.
The best feature of the venue, for me, is the experience and friendly attitude of the staff, a drink at the Voodoo Rooms is always a pleasure and, no matter how busy, never stressful!
The Ballroom and Speakeasy rooms are great for seeing bands and for the various (and varied) club nights they host, I have attended everything from deep funk to cabaret events here and love that diversity.
I’ve eaten here a few times and the food menu is a creole lovers dream. The kitchen is always helpful to allergy sufferers, which is always a bonus in my book.
I highly recommend this to locals and visitors alike!
Great atmosphere, incredible decor, especially in the top “ballroom” and the main bar, imagine gold and black victoriana and you won’t be far off. Absolutely heaving Friday/Saturday, but it’s a popular city centre bar, so what do you expect?
The best part of the set up however, s the rolling program of live music / club nights, which rivals anywhere else in Edinburgh (of a similar size, ie Whistle Binkie’s, Henry’s Cellar Bar).
Speakeasy bar can be hired out for private functions - this is a popular option, as every time I’ve been there it has been closed off for a party.
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Voodoo Rooms is the latest creation of the people behind the Vegas club night and everything is as decadent as you would expect.
Situated in the upstairs part of the old Cafe Royal, the architecture inside and out is stunning, with a really sympathetic refurbishment. The bar area is made up of a number of booths with leather seats and high stools around them.
The drinks menu at the bar can only be described as “extensive”! They seem to offer every drink imaginable, and judging by the size of the bar could mix anything you wanted. The bar staff are lovely and friendly and are willing to either serve from the bar or you can have table service.
The function rooms are great for seeing bands and for the various club nights they have, and the whole atmosphere of the place makes it feel like a big night out.
i’ve never eaten in the restaurant, but have been assured by friends that it’s equally as good as the bar
I visited the Voodoo Rooms last month to see Keane play a “secret” gig here.
Obviously the experience of seeing a world class band play in a venue which has a capacity of about 200 was incredible.
The venue is upstairs from the Cafe Royale and the bar area is dominated by the long thin bar itself, with most seating either at the bar or just across from it.
Obviously it was busy when I visited due to the concert but I didn’t have long to wait to be served at the bar and the barmen were well trained, friendly and polite. Prices were a bit steep but you do expect to pay more in a bar which has live music so its probably unfair to compare them to those charged in a locals pub.
Also the environment is very luxurious and you are paying extra to enjoy this.
The “ballroom” is small but ideal for intimate gigs and has an opulent interior done in a slightly gothic style.
I would recommend a visit to the Voodoo Rooms for a special night out or just to treat yourself, and if there is live music playing its also recommended - it is a great venue with good acoustics and beautifully intimate.
I went here on my hen night recently and I was really impressed. Even the bouncers were friendly and the whole feel of the place was really relaxed and chilled out.
I liked the cocktails, the music and the different 'feelings’ that had been applied to the different rooms. To be honest, it felt at times like I was in another, far cooler, city! It seems like someone has put a lot of thought into making the venue a place that is really appealing to a lot of people. I also am really impressed at the calibre of musicians and dj’s that they have had appearing - I love David Holmes and I think if he likes the place as well then it can’t be bad at all.
This is a great wee club in the heart of Edinburgh. It sells Drinks at good prices , bads play here often , not big groups but the ones that like smaller venues , Good food is served here aswel. Worth checking out if your in the Area.
A fantastic improvement on the original 'upstairsy bit’ to Café Royale.
The gig venue has a frighteningly good acoustic setup and has been taken care of wonderfully as a club/venue by the management. Little has changed about the main bar, apart from the increase in prices, but it is understandable with the raft of new punters.
Recently went to The Voodoo Rooms to have some cocktails. Vibe was awesome, DJ in the corner of the main bar, the bar was busy but brilliant, everyone seemed friendly and looked amazing under the dimly lit chandeliers. The perfect lighting to make everyone look at their best and really show off the luxurious venue. The walls are all black with quirky pieces of gold- trust me is works!!
Had some delicious cocktails and a few rums that we had not tried before. I had a nosy around the rest of the venue and instantly loved their Speakeasy room, a quirky little private room, possibly used for VIP? or intimate gigs?
Over all, good service, great design and tasty drinks.
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