5a Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2PW
35 reviews of Filmhouse Cafe Bar in English
Too pretentious and snooty for anyone who doesn't wear tweed, smoke a pipe, has been to papa new guinea rescuing endangered snails on their gap year and say "yahhh, dah-ling, sweeeeet!"
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I must admit that I had only tried the drinks at the bar but some of my friends have tried the food and they say it is really good, especially the salads. I rarely have the time to sit there because I love watching movies and prefer spending my time in the cinema halls than in the bar. There is a good atmosphere but sometimes the place is overcrowded and it is difficult to have a normal conversation.
Amazing drink selection at the bar, so many drinks I'd never heard of!
My boyfriend got an ice cold bottle of Bud, and I got a cappuccino which was hot, strong and had a generous coating of chocolate!
When I was waiting for my film to start I could actually imagine coming here just for the cafe/bar.
The Filmhouse is Edinburgh’s premier arthouse cinema. It used to take centre stage during the Edinburgh Film Festival but I feel that it’s been usurped by Cineworld at Fountainbridge. Its still a good place to see a film. You never get rowdy noisy teens. I’m not sure if its airconditioned though. I remember this summer being uncomfortably hot during a Werner Herzog film about the Antarctic. (No, really) The DVD’s that they sell in the foyer are a bit pricey, you can get them all much cheaper on play.com. However, it may be one of the last places to pick up anything on the Tartan label now they are bust. The cafe does great food and its a nice place for a drink and to meet friends. You can even take kids into the bar early on.
Filmhouse is a place where the famous Edinburgh Film festival takes palce. It is arthouse rather than cinema. It have a bar/cafe, so you can get refreshments. You will mostly find independent and art film rather than big blockbusters on offer in here. The Filmhouse have three screens, so there is a good choice of films to see. It is bit more expensive than other cinemas in Edinburgh, but the status of Filmhouse is much higher than a normal cinema.
Very much an “arthouse” cinema that’s the home of various festivals showing world cinema and a selection of cult classics.
The cafe/bar is pretty decent and is almost an attraction on its own right - I’ve never tried the food but it certainly looks good. There are also a lot of DVDs for sale of various arthouse/culty interest movies in the front lobby.
If you’re a real film buff this place is well worth checking out.
wonderful independent cinema with great bar/cafe to hang out. home also to the annual Edinburgh Film Festival which has now moved to June.
They have a great programme of films showing a wide selection acroos the 3 cinema screens. Although it’s an old venue, it is fully accessible and has digital projection facilities.
what i like about them is that they also do other things such as film classes, film appreciation classes as well as things for children to engage them in all things filmic.
The cafe/bar is a great place to hang out with a great menu of food such as large plates of nachos, falafel and baked potatoes.
There is a selection of film books/dvds on sale too in the foyer. they have a members scheme which is worth joining to get discounts and involved in this special place.
A real gem amongst all the multiplex cinemas. They show a lot of foreign language and other “art house” films, spread over 3 cinemas. They often have mini festival themes so if you have a particular interest you can often be lucky enough to see a whole series, either from a particular region or by a particular director.
There is a cafe/bar attached with a quite extensive range of food and drink. Interesting wines by the glass. Others have said that the coffee is particularly good but I personally find their cappucino too bitter to be truly enjoyable.
A great place to meet up over coffee or a quick bite to eat. There are plenty of tables of various sizes, and lots of space inbetween for those with pushchairs or prams, etc. There is a limited menu of healthy, mostly vegetarian food, which is reasonably priced, tasty and served quickly. The spicy bean nachos are a favourite - a filling and tasty meal for under £5. The staff are very friendly and the hot chocolate is delicious! It can get busy just before or just after films as people meet up beforehand or grab a quick drink afterwards. One reviewer felt that the bar lacked atmosphere compared to some of the more traditional Edinburgh pubs, however I feel it has more atmosphere than most modern bars in the likes of George Street.
The cafe and bar attached to Edinburgh’s Filmhouse is a good place for a pre- or post film drink and snack, but is also worth visiting in its own right.
It’s fairly large so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem finding a seat, although it can get busy in between films. The size and decor mean that it does lack a bit of atmosphere, especially compared to some of Edinburgh’s pubs. The bar offers a good range of drinks, including some real ales. Drink prices are, however, rather expensive. In contrast, the food is good value and tasty - their nachos have become something of a legend in our office! It’s also served quickly.
They also have free wifi, which can be especially handy if you want to show off your iphone!
Expensive, but worth it! Shows a great range of 'arthouse’ films. Only thing I don’t like is the absence of popcorn- you can only get fancy pants food, but you can take wine into the cinema screen, which is never bad….
The place to go for arthouse movies in Edinburgh. The film quiz night is definitely one for film geeks only but there’s also an excellent bar and an excellent DVD/video library to buy films from.
I have introduced a lot of friends to this little restaurant over the years. The café offers an excellent range of healthy and not so healthy options, all freshly prepared, and the service is never slow, which is particularly important for those of us who are on a strict lunch hour time limit! A hot lunch can be bought for less than a fiver and there’s always a good availability of seats. If I could suggest one improvement, it would be the décor, which is perhaps a little old fashioned, but definitely worth putting up for in return for a great lunch.
An institution among the middle classes of Edinburgh, this place is essential for those that like art house and foreign films. There are often mini film festivals with a selection of films grouped together by theme and of course the Filmhouse is home to the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival. There is a great café and bar, which seems to be busy regardless of what time of day you go. You can buy beer or coffees to take into the screens with you and the food is excellent – far removed from the popcorn and ice cream of its more mainstream counterparts. Easily accessible by bus or on foot from Princes Street, the Filmhouse is definitely worth a visit.
The Filmhouse is an institution in Edinburgh. Easily reached on Lothian Road in the centre of town. It is an independent cinema which is reflected in the broad diversity, unconventional and mainly independent films it shows. The reason I haven’t given this review 5 stars is the terribly uncomfortable seating for anyone with adult sized legs! It can be quite uncomfortable, especially when one is sitting in for the horror festival all nighter. The Filmhouse has a very nice cafe and bar, worth a visit even if you are not in the mood for a film. For parents the Filmhouse runs “For Crying Out Loud” a showing for carers of babies with adult oriented films and “Weans World” for the over 2’s with kids films and an assumption of tolerance for the rowdy!
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