While Edinburgh has plenty of historic sites from centuries ago, nothing beats a proper traditional pub. While we appreciate a good inside renovation, keeping the original appearance exactly as it was 120 years ago is an admirable move, especially when it comes to bars. Well, Bennets Bar on Leven Street is one of the oldest bars and restaurants in Edinburgh, and it has remained its authentic look since when the building was built in 1839.
While Bennets Bar itself opened in 1906, the owners have kept it fairly the same ever since. The bar is owned by independent restauranteurs, Kilderkin Group, who also owns Kilderkin, The Windsor and The Blue Blazer in Edinburgh.
Upon approaching Bennets Bar, guests can expect to see stained-glass windows, original wooden features and a bright green façade. However, the pub has a unique feature we don’t see often anymore – the ‘jug bar’. The ‘jug bar’ was used during the Victorian era among those who did not wish to be seen while out drinking, and is a secluded spot in the pub sectioned-off by a panel.
As one can imagine, the section was quite popular amongst priests, women and people in uniform back in the day.
If you’d like to go out for one or two at Bennets Bar, expect not only a decent whisky list, but also a wholesome pub food menu. Opt for a Mascarpone and Mushroom pizza for that comfort food fix or the Cauliflower Wings for a healthier option. And for the sweet tooth people out there, go for the Boozy Cheesecake infused with spirits from behind the bar. Sounds tempting, right?
The gin selection is almost as good as the whisky menu, with Ben Lomond, Botanist Gin, Caorunn, Edinburgh Gin, Glaswegin and more patiently waiting to be ordered. Also, the margaritas are only £6, so get in there for National Margarita Day on Wednesday, February 22. And to top this all off, the pub often hosts live music to cheer those dark nights right up.