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Kays Bar, Edinburgh

39 Jamaica Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6HF
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Quinno _ left this review about Kays Bar

‘Hidden gem’ perfectly describes this one. An odd little side street building in a very posh (and quiet) part of town. On approach you can’t even see where the pub actually is and even when you do clock it there’s a slight pause to check it really is a bar, being a freestanding little building in a terrace full of 4+ storey houses. Wonderful when you enter though, it’s a small comfy and cosy place with no screens, machines or music. Red is the theme - fireman's red colour paint and magenta fabric button banquettes and carpet. A load of old vanished barrels are mounted upon a wall. On a dank late afternoon the coal fire was burning which was wonderful, amplifying the cosy ambience of the place. Apparently there was a tiny library room at the rear but I must have missed it – I was too engrossed! Five (I think) ales on; my Tryst Raj was barrel end but the Fyne Jarl was superb (NBSS 4.5). Also noted were a large amount (given the place’s bijou size) of whiskies above the bar but, more importantly in my opinion, were a selection of ham and salami crusty cobs. Staff and locals were friendly, I struck-up conversation about the pubs I’d done in city, pubs back in Reading and great pubs in general. The guv’nor even wore a shirt and tie, you don’t see that much now. Really atmospheric, great beer, cosy atmosphere and friendly locals - just up my street. This was a rare 10. You absolutely must do this one, no excuses. 9.5

On 15th November 2021 - rating: 10
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Kays Bar

Tucked away down some residential side streets, this is not somewhere you’re likely to stumble across by accident but is well worth taking the effort to track down. It’s rather unusual in appearance being a freestanding structure surrounded by terraced houses, and looks as though it may perhaps have been a garage or something similar in a former life.

Internally it’s one fairly compact room, although there did also look to be a much smaller room at the rear which was described as a library. The predominant colour in the pub was red, with deep red paint on the ceiling, padded red banquet seating around the perimeter and red padded bar stools elsewhere. Rough, black wood panelling was on the wall at the rear and there was also a small fireplace here. The left hand wall was entirely taken up with racks of old barrels in various sizes, although these looked to be decorative rather than functional. Food choice looked to be limited to the odd cling filmed roll that was lurking around.

Beers on tap were Fyne Ales Jarl, Timothy Taylor Landlord, London Pride, Deuchars IPA, Theakston’s Best, The Norseman and Jarsa Session Ale. After that lot, the solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately. Overall, despite the poor cider choice, I thought this was a cracking little pub with friendly service and a cosy atmosphere.

On 28th June 2019 - rating: 9
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Ian Mapp left this review about Kays Bar

I'm using various guides to find all the best pubs in Edinburgh and this may well be the one. More work to do, but its up there.

Small main room, bar seating, some tables. Quiet back room where you need to strike lucky. Classic pub interior.

Very high quality Deuchars IPA sampled in a pleasant atmosphere.

Will come again.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2Dga2p5

On 19th January 2018 - rating: 10
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Map location corrected by William Purnell
Edinburgh, 0.97 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Haymarket, 1.12 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Slateford, 2.82 miles, 54 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - Not permitted between 12 and 2.30. - last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes - 12.00 to 2.30 Monday to Saturday - last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 November 2021 by Quinno _
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