Tempted by The Devil’s Advocate down Edinburgh’s medieval closes

One of our aims is to create an atmosphere of discovery every time someone walks around Edinburgh’s medieval closes. The design of the redevelopment in which the Old Town Chambers sit, offers new vistas through to Princes Street, the green space of Roxburgh Court is a haven of tranquillity and now we have The Devil’s Advocate, the latest edition to Edinburgh’s bar scene.

Run by the same people who operate the award winning Bon Vivant, The Devil’s Advocate opened earlier this month. The reviews and comments online have been phenomenal. A ‘hidden gem’, ‘reminiscent of a French underground bar’, ‘the place has a very cool vibe about it’ and ‘love the bare walls, the excellent use of space, the cosy, under the mezzanine booths and the lovely ladies toilets’ and ‘something special and unique for this end of town’ are just a few.

The bar’s interior design reflects the historic character of the area with exposed brick walls, rich wood floors and an almost industrial look to the ceiling lighting – the building once housed the printing presses for the Edinburgh Evening News. It has a wide and inviting glass frontage with the bar’s approximate 300 whiskies from all over the world on show against the back wall. It’s on two levels and has lots of nooks and crannies, low lights, and atmosphere. For guests of Old Town Chambers, it is a great place for something to eat (including breakfast) and to enjoy a drink; for people in Edinburgh it’s creating a new buzz of excitement about the Old Town.

Just off the Royal Mile, Advocate’s Close, Roxburgh’s Close and Warriston’s Close not only offer a sense of something new and exciting to be discovered with the Old Town Chambers serviced apartments, Zizzi and The Devil’s Advocate, but they also act as a catalyst to inspire greater appreciation of the historic character of this part of Edinburgh. We sit within an area of great historic importance and staying here, working or enjoying an evening out, is something people have been doing for centuries, I am so glad we have been able to return the closes to their proper uses.


Julie Grieve  


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