19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1QR
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15 reviews of Villager in English
Arrived, sat at one of four available tables and was told by the barman that we couldnt sit there unless we were eating – we hadnt even said hello to eachother, let alobe discussed whether we wanted to eat. Had to stand at the bar while he watched over us deciding what to do. Against my better judgement we ate, and recieved some of the worst service i have ever experienced. Rude staff, slow, grumpy and unhelpful.
Wont be back any time soon.
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I love that place! Great food, lovely atmosphere and nice cocktails!
Staff is always friendly and the location is very nice. (I know it's weird but Ilove the always clean and trendy toilette!!) Well done Villager!!!
I thought this bar was really cool when I visited here for the 1st time recently. I liked the retro décor, they had Erdinger on draught (which I love), good music (playing some funk & soul when we were there) and a nice laid back vibe to the place. We had no problem getting a seat on a comfy sofa with a nice candle lit table and the place wasn’t that busy when we went on a Thursday night. I would definitely go back for a few more drinks next time I am in Edinburgh.
I love Villager during the day - the food is delicious and the music and atmosphere are very cool. In the evening, though, it can be a different story - the bar seems to struggle to keep it "buzzing" rather than "unbearably packed", and I've been treated quite rudely by security staff in the past, told where I can and can't stand etc. The cocktails are good but the selection of other drinks isn't great, and the lager is really overpriced. It is generally quite pricey. Definitely go for a laid-back late lunch, but if you want to have a good night out you have to take your chances.
This is a cool, chic, funky little restaurant with good food and even better drinks (we ordered a gigantic cocktail for my friend’s birthday which arrived in a bowl and it was on fire...no kiddling!). The staff were a little slow when we were here however after a couple of their drinks you don’t really care... I’ll be back again!
I went to villager earlier in the year for some post meal drinks on a friends birthday. One of the party was disabled and after parking her mobility scooter outside, entered on crutches and sat at an empty unreserved table. We were promptly told that we would have to stand as the tables were for customers buying food only.
When we explained the situation, they told us the rest of us would have to stand as it would be unfair on other customers which we grudgingly did as they took our seats away. 10 minutes later, security tried to move us to a different part of the bar as we were standing in 'an eating area’ leaving the disabled woman sitting on her own. We promptly left.
Whilst this sort of treatment is apparently common, its entirely unacceptable and I wont be back
From the same people that bring you Dragonfly comes villager, and funky bar in the centre of Edinburgh’s drinking district. With high ceilings and well though through décor and drinks choices, Villager is cosy without being crowded, and provides an ideal place to meet mates, or dare I say it take someone you are trying to impress on a first date. In fact, that’s exactly how I’d define Villager, perfect first date territory – you can move to one of the quieter bits if things are going well, or rely on the hustle and bustle around you if conversation is running dry.
My preferred option would be getting involved with the food, it is really good – definitely at the upper, more imaginative end of light bar food, although it is a little pricey.
The villager is one of my favourite bars, perfect for after work drinks or for chilled out drinks on the sofas with friends. The decor is quirky and retro and the music is usually funky. As other reviewers have mentioned it can be busy at night and the bar area can feel quite cramped, however if you ask nicely you can sit in the area where they serve food which has a couple of couches and boothes by the window. The best time to come is a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when it is much quieter. The cocktails are great and I love the water jugs which come with cucumber and mint or watermelon inside - a nice touch which makes a real difference. The food is upmarket pub grub and can be hit or miss - I recommend eating there in the afternoon as the quality can take a nosedive in the evening when it’s busy. The menu is varied with curries and noodles alongside the burgers and chips. Although there are better places to eat nearby on George IV bridge this is the best bar. The Villager’s sister bar, Dragonfly is also a great place for some cocktails.
Villager is a really nice bar, part of the chain of Dragonfly and Voodoo Rooms. It’s a really trendy bar that gets very busy in the evenings. It’s not a cheap bar, pints are well over the £3 mark but they do have Erdinger - which I love.
The cocktails are really good too.
The decor is pretty fancy - very chic and the food not bad. But as I said, it does get really crowded at times.
i like it so much here! cocktails, big plus…and the carafes of water are infused with cucumber and mint leaves so even if you can’t partake of the lucious alcoholic offerings you can still feel quite posh.they used to do a fabulous prawn noodle dish but it disappeared to be replaced with even more delicious dishes…go along, check it out, make sure you have the next day off work…
Stylishly clad with comfortable couches, rich dark furnishings and contemporary wall designs, this prominent and popular bar promises an atmosphere that leans toward class and sophistication. Over weekends, it is usually jammed with polished professionals and twenty-somethings, often making it difficult if not impossible to find a seat. The cocktail menu is colourful and creative, offering any mix or concoction within the reaches of the imagination. Jugs of water infused with sliced melon or cucumber are constantly replenished on each table, adding a nice touch of quality.
The contemporary music and dimmed lightening create a relaxing ambience which is further enhanced by the chatty staff. All of this comes at a price so be prepared to dig deep in your pockets when having a night out at this sleek spot.
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