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16 S Fort Street, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 4DN
“We are fortunate enough to have a Lounge, this is great for having private parties, meetings and we have even held the odd Wedding Reception. Our Lounge Bar is also used for Exhibitions - These change every 5wks. If your interested in having an...” more...
12 reviews of Pivo Caffe in English
I would describe the patrons as scum and the staff as total c*nts. All drinks are expensive there is no food served but if they did they would mess that up too. A place to go to watch the local boxing (patrons vs patrons). Or you may want to go to be short changed by the dour unfriendly uncommunicative germanic Edinburgh “Scots” local staff, or maybe just insulted by strangers and racially abused for being British. Whatever you prefer Pivo can guarantee a night you will never forget – even with therapy.
"A great place to be entertained why not come and see one of our many impromptu fights if that’s your cup of tea or just just come and be verbally abused. If you like you can also be short changed by one of the bar staff!!! Great!!! We are very cosmopolitan with many people from different parts of Eastern Europe who all seem to hate each other while universally hating the polish clientele. What we lack in air conditioning we more than make up for with charismatic claustophobia and the stench of a gym locker room. If this doesn't make you sick our worst selection of Polish and Czech imported beers definitely will!!! Come in and enjoy!! We are not a caffe or a restaurant never have been that just to dupe more stupid people into coming here!! Wow!!!"
People seem to think it's a unique Czech pub when Pivo is simply a chain.. The one in Stirling is much better (if it's still there) so for a chain, it should be cheaper.
It's also badly laid out for space because it's in a cellar with low ceilings so if you are a hyperventilating hypochondriac like me, you might feel too enclosed. There's also more space in a wendy house than there is on the dance floor which isn't really a dance floor, just a space where perhaps a couple of tables would've fitted in instead.
Good for: Wealthy small people who like sweat.
Bad for: Tall people on a budget who get claustrophobia.
I love it here.
Ok so it is quite expensive compared to other bars in Edinburgh but if you like a bar that doesn't take itself seriously and you want to just chill out and having a good time with your friends then Pivo is the place for you.
I have never come accross a rude member of staff yet, the girl that serves me is really nice and can recommend a drink if you can't really make up your mind.
If you can get a sofa you will not want to move all night, as they are so comfortable.
Right the downside for me is the toilets. Tiny, cold and one of the doors doesn't lock.
I also have never been when its busy so can't comment on whats it like when the staff are under pressure.
Overall I love it, and would recommend anyone to try it.
Wonderful change from UK pubs. It's kinda hidden, below the Black Bull Tavern.
According to my Czech friend, this bar is a copy of an old, traditional countryside bar circa communist times. The seating is bare, the walls have Czech pictures but not touristy, more quaint, as if it were pictures of the local scenery. The wood is painted bright fire engine red, and with lighting bright, it doesn't feel cozy in the traditional sense, yet it has a coziness that I can only call shabby communist chic, the absurdity of those times encapsulated in the red paint, as if you're always on display, always being watched. That being said, it's still a laid back place. The low ceilings give it part of its cozy charm. There are also 2 plush sofas, where I found a wonderful place to take a load off my feet and lean into the pillows after a good night of drinking. Also... beers, they have Budvar, Staropramen, and Plzeň, or Pilsner Urquell (the original Pils).
Bonus review: a quote from worldsbestbars.com ---
"Winner of Scotland's 'Style Bar Of The Year 1999, 'Pivo Caffé' is a classic bohemian lair. Squash up against the oh-so-hip young dudes as they make it their mission to devour the finest cocktails, like a Longer Absinthe. Sit back and savour the unique and unconventional atmosphere and get drawn in."
Superb bar in which to chill out. They have a big range of beers, and specialize in all things Czech.
They have a tiny little club-type floor with good DJs.
Very central and well worth visiting. It’d be difficult to find a place less “in your face”.
Free to get in, and open until 3am. Perfect when you really just can’t be bothered to go clubbing, but still aren’t ready to head home. If you’re lucky, you can nab yourself one of the comfy sofas and just chat the night away with a pint. Speaking of which…the beers in there really are good. And since I’ve only just found out about their peach cider…I’ll definitely be having to give that one a try next!
At the opposite end of the bar, there’s a more 'club’ type area with a small dance floor. But I never tend to sit at that end, so it doesn’t interfere with conversation in any way.
The location isn’t amazing…I guess a lot of people don’t even realise that it’s there, since it’s tucked away down Calton Road beneath the Black Bull. But it really is quite a decent little bar. I frequently end up in there when all of the pubs shut at 1am!
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