41 Lothian Street | Edinburgh EH1 1HB
Phone: 0131 220 4288
One of the Montpelier venues in town, Assembly bar was always a student-magnet, offering great tasty fare (anyone else remember those chickpea burgers?) and and decent wine deals that weren't restricted to the student population. Catch 'em on a Friday evening and you'd usually get your mits on some two-for-one cocktails. Good pals with many a society at Edinburgh University, they'd often play host to fundraisers and cabaret nights, meaning you'd often get a chance to gatecrash a night of free entertainment to complement your cocktail. What a treat.
After its closure, the venue spent around a year or so under the moniker of Bristo Bar, sporting a slightly confused interior of red leather and pale wood, and a drinks menu which was slightly too expensive for students and slightly too boring for grown-ups. Enter Paradise Palms - the faux-tacky Marmite of bars, festooned with neon signs, hawaiian wreaths, pig's heads wearing Raybans and a delightful lineup of cocktails scibbled on chalkboards. They're usually doing something exciting, food-wise, and the staff are dreamy people with good hair and great chat.
We've got our fingers crossed for Paradise on a plot of land which seems somewhat cursed to say the least.