Brilliant beers and burgers in Edinburgh
24 August 2016
- food and drink
With the weekend looming, now is the perfect time to treat yourself to an indulgent beer and burger. Something about the combination goes so well together, and there are lots of places in Edinburgh that have this classic meal down to a fine art. Read on to discover our favourite venues in the city to enjoy this iconic pairing...
Beers and Skittles
In the basement of the renounced Steak restaurant, Beer and Skittles make their very own steak burger. Inspired by the American dirty burgers, these bad boys are made from quality Scottish beef. Grab a bargain on a weekday, when you can get a burger, fries and beer for only a tenner.
As well as cracking burgers, Beer and Skittles boasts an ample draft and bottled menu. Their intriguing list of beer cocktails gives any cocktail lover a fresh twist on some classics –the Beer Margarita sounds almost too good to miss!
14 Picardy Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JT (website)
The Boozy Cow
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Enjoy some beautiful meaty goodness at the Boozy Cow. There are no airs and graces here - your meal is served on a tray and cutlery is optional! Still, you can't deny that the burgers here are incredible, melting in your mouth as soon as you bite into the patty. In terms of the beers available, they have taken a really interesting approach with their large selection available in 330ml cans and served with a cold frosted glass, making for a refreshing accompaniment to your tasty feast.
Remember to leave some room, though - no trip to the Boozy Cow is complete without washing down their burger with one of their oh-so-tempting milkshakes. So thick you have to tackle it with a spoon, this is a wonderfully decadent way to finish off your meal.
17 Frederick St, Edinburgh, EH2 2EY (website)
Bread Meats Bread
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Already a hit in Glasgow, when news spread that Bread Meats Bread would be coming to Edinburgh anticipation was high. Since opening in late 2015, the Lothian Road restaurant has become a firm favourite with local burger fans. Choose from their Black Label quality, dry aged Scotch beef burgers, Red Label Scotch beef and 'Nduja Calabrian sausage burgers or Green Label seasonal veggie burgers. Each option comes stacked high with mouthwatering, belly-bursting toppings. Popular choices include, their sigature, Black Label 'Lothian Wolf' topped with American cheese, Crispy Bacon, Pulled Pork in BBQ sauce, crispy fried onions and 'Nduja Mayo. All of the ingredients are locally sourced and everything is made fresh in-house.
Wash it all down with their own house lager, served in half prints, schooners and two pint jugs. Or for a taste of Glasgow order a bottle of West brewery's St Mungo. Other Scottish options available include Williams Bros, Innis & Gunn and Brew Dog. They regularly have special craft guest beers available too so make sure you ask your server what the latest option is.
92 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BE (website)
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Byron is all about proper burgers, burgers like the ones that founder Tom Byng enjoyed during his college days in the states. Each Byron Burger is made with four cuts of properly sourced British beef, ground fresh and served in a squishy bun with minimum fuss and fanfare. They're also big on their beers, stocking a carefully chosen selection of craft varieties at their Edinburgh restaurants on Lothian Road and North Bridge - they've even created their own lager and IPA with London's Camden Town Brewery. Look out for Scottish favourites like Brewdog’s Dead Pony Club and 5am Saint or ask your server for their recommendation for a great buger and beer pairing.
113-117 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh, EH3 9AN/29-31 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1SF (website)
The Potting Shed
A garden shed of culinary greatness and cocktail goodness, the Potting Shed is arguably one of the quirkier place to enjoy a burger. Their signature offering, the Potting Shed beef burger, is served with moreish skinny fries and red slaw.
Overflowing with beers and ales, the recently re-launched venue teams bountiful beverages with small plates, perfect for the nibblers and sippers of the group.
32 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT (website)
This grillhouse in the Cowgate was quick to establish its reputation for craft beers, with a wide selection of beverages to choose from on the menu. Their range of burgers doesn't disappoint either, with the crowd-pleasing OX184 special served with oak smoked bacon, Hereford hop cheese, sauteed onions, beer mustard mayonnaise and house seasoned fries. However if you want to go off the beaten burger track, you can try their more unusual options such as the pork and chorizo burger, or their sumptious vegetarian haggis creation - perfect for your meat-free mates.
184-186 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JJ (website)
The Cambridge Bar
The Cambridge Bar takes pride in its burgers, beers and ales, a well-known feature of this Young Street venue. Choose your patty (chicken, beef, buffalo or bean) and an amazing selection of toppings and spicy sauces. If you fancy shaking it up a little, keep an eye on their specials, which incorporate imaginative topping combinations and changes every month.
With locally sourced meats and a pint of Guinness (among many) to wash it all, The Cambridge Bar is a great place to pop in and enjoy a leisurely beer and burger.
20 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JB (website)
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A menu piled high with scrumptious food and beer, this child and dog-friendly could be an option for those wishing to take the family along for a burger feast. They have a huge range of toppings available, so if you're feeling a little adventurous, try the Wolfpack burger, which is a beef patty served with haggis, hash brown and fried egg!
Knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices, they are a firm favourite of visitors and locals alike.
7-8 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA (website)