The corridor may not always be quiet though, not when Sandro and his Eden Angels are there :) However, i must admit it is my favourite part of the pub, it would be better if it was not lit up at one end by a giant emergency exit light though :)
19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1QR
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9 reviews of Nicol Edwards in English
Seedy backstreet dive of a cave,with a wonderful atmosphere!!!! Go there during the fringe and your bound to pick up some free comedy!
Probably more for the youngsters at night but friendly bar staff and a great ambience! Look out for a passing ghost tour!
i love Nicol Edwards! When I lived at the High Street Hostel for a year I would frequent the pub, especially for the "Green Monkey" parties! One night in the vault I met my husband - a local Scot. We live in my home town of San Francisco now and have 3 kids. So, Nicols will always be dear to my heart. Glad to hear they're back open, since on our visit last year they were closed. Can't wait to go back!
Seedy, a dive, dingy, grotty. Yes, all of these descriptions apply. But all of these descriptions are what makes Nicol Edwards…well…’Nicol Edwards’. And I’d not change it for that at all.
There’s always a buzz of activity in the downstairs bar - live music galore until 3am for just a minimal entrance fee of about £2. In fact it’s so popular for its live music, it’s a victim of its own success. You’ve really got to get in there early to get yourself a seat and settle yourself down for the night. Otherwise you’ll spend the night standing with your pint and unable to stop your foot from tapping whilst sharing the space with the other dancing [and singing] revellers.
If you’re a student, you can register for a 'VIP Card’ which gets you a whopping 25% off drinks. You can’t say fairer than that!
For a quieter drink, there’s the dark corridor which forms part of the Edinburgh Vaults - very atmospheric. And if you’re a budding ghost hunter (as I am), then this is definitely the place to be!
Comment 2 comments on this review
Lorna76, 18 July 2008:
Nic, 18 July 2008:
This is true. I’d forgotten about Eden Angels! The corridor is way better when it’s quiet and you can get out of the way of everybody. And I totally agree about the emergency exit light…it does spoil the atmosphere somewhat!! If they can sort that…it’d be absolutely perfect!
This is a very nice little cave, the staff here are very friendly and the drinks are reasonably cheap. There is usually always some sort of live music in the downstairs bar which is always entertaining, its a bit of a dingy cave but its very laid back and relaxed. Its open til 3am so if you don’t fancy going clubbing then this place is perfect, and even if you feel like a little dance a bit later you can just pop downstairs to the live music bar and you won’t go far wrong.
Nicol Edwards is a seedy dive - a fantastic seedy dive. As seedy dives go they don’t get too much scummier than Nicol Edwards. For those among us who don’t much go for the club scene, pubs like this are really the only option after a certain stage of the evening; namely the point at which getting up and attempting to sing ‘American Pie’ to a crowd of drunken backpackers seems like a really, really great idea. Its one of those things that must be done at least once in everyone’s life, and the cellar bar at Nicol Edwards provides the perfect setting with the perfect crowd. Just try not to slip on the vomit stains down Niddry St on your way out.
Nicol's runs a good tight-arse Tuesday tradition but other than that, don't expect to get cheap drinks in general. However, they do one great deal - £3 DOUBLE vodka and red bulls - noice! Another big plus is that this is one of the few pubs open til 3am (most close at 1am).
The pub itself is quite good as there's pretty much something for everyone. DJs in the underground caves (mostly classic old school pop tunes), and live music in the other downstairs space.
If you don't like musty smells or tend to get claustrophobic, the caves might not be for you...I think they're great and really give you an idea of the early days Nicol's dates back to.
A regular haunt of mine, this bar has a whole lot of character. It’s connected to the underground vaults that honeycomb Edinburgh’s depths, and the ghost tours end here. It smells of cave. I like that, some don’t. Drinks are cheap if you’re a student, and not too bad if you’re not. The staff are usually pretty chatty, especially on week days when it can get rather quiet at the upstairs bar. Nichol Edwards is one of those Edinburgh establishments that mess up your sense of direction by having various routes to the same place - a hazard of being an old vault I suppose. However you get there, the downstairs bar is very cosy, with a lot of live music - most famously that Edinburgh legend, Acoustic Dave. The vault at the back is opened up at weekends, when there’s a (generally) good DJ and an extra bar, and there’s also a function room, I believe. The mix of customers is usually pretty good and the bouncers are lovely. It’s also one of the only pubs with a 3am license. Watch out for weekends - there’s usually a charge to get in after 9pm of £2/3.
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