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Kays Bar, Edinburgh

39 Jamaica Street
Edinburgh
EH3 6HF
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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
[User has posted 1677 recommendations about 1614 pubs]


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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
[User has posted 550 recommendations about 545 pubs]


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hondo . left this review about Kays Bar

Tucked away in the new town but well worth seeking out. Interior still the same as rob camra described below. 8 real ale taps 7 on. Good malt whisky selection.

On 22nd August 2015 - no rating submitted
[User has posted 2574 recommendations about 2518 pubs]


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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)
Latest updates View all updates for Kays Bar, Edinburgh
28th Jun 2019, 10:29
Review submitted by Blackthorn _
 
26th Jun 2019, 07:25
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 August 2015 by hondo .
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 August 2015 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 20 January 2014 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 August 2015 by hondo .
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