Brass Monkey is a casual pub on Drummond Street, opposite Chambers Street.
Tucked discreetly away, considering its central location, Brass Monkey is not far from the crowds. The Royal Mile, Grassmarket, Cowgate and the Festival Theatre are all just 5 mins away, yet the pub has an underground feel about it. Brass Monkey serves beer, wine, spirits, soft, and hot drinks. The pricing is remarkably reasonable for the area. There is still change from £3 for a rum & coke.
The small frontage of Brass Monkey hides its Tardis-like interior, though the bar area is cosy. There’s a large selection of board games and reliably good music that sticks with the familiar is played on the stereo. An open fire warms visitors in the colder months. Films are shown regularly in the cosy movie room and the celebration of cinema is obvious from the eclectic décor. Movie memorabilia, classic posters and
framed photos cover the traditional wood panelled walls.
The pub feels warm, friendly and inclusive. Attracting clientele from the nearby university, it is a college bar, in the best sense. No ‘student-night stoaters’ or multi-buy happy hours. But vibrant diverse customers, animated conversation and egalitarian, casual atmosphere.
Beyond the bar, the quirky place is full of little snugs and nooks that provide some intimacy to talk or play one of the many board games. And in the back, the movie room has a communal padded lounging area and offers daily screenings of classic films at 3pm. Some tables and seats are outside to enjoy the fresh air of central Edinburgh.
Open every day from 11am until 1pm, Brass Monkey on Drummond Street is a perfect place to have cheap and cheerful drinks and enjoy some pre-dinner chatter, or to turn in while away the whole day on a budget.
14 Drummond Street
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