MONDAY's at 4PM this is the place to be. local musicians come in to play great music. had a blast here. mostly locals here, but everyone was very friendly. spent many hours here talking with the locals outside and had many laughs.
the main highlight of the day, was a young gentleman came in after a long day of playing the bagpipes and graced us with two excellent songs inside the pub. WOW is all i could say. i was able to record the him and the locals playing just awesome music. thanks for the great memories.
Rather surprised last night to be greeted here, at least an hour before last orders, by the barmaid expressing dismay at 3 more customers turning up. She already had in the region of ten on the premises but seemed keen to close up early and get a kip. Happy for the foreseeable future to enable her to do so by drinking elsewhere.
I only swung by this place because if the name, I could not see any connection this bar could have to the Hebrides unless you take the map on the wall into count, but that's where it stops. This bar looks more like a chain pub that has been fitted wrong. 20 people and the pub is full. A quick description to describe the bar would be dark and small, my first and last time here me so thinks!
I have just come back from Edinburgh after having completed a 6 month contract.
I can sort of see where people are coming from - the first time I walked in with a tie and siut and crombie, there were a few looks etc, but heh possibly because I'm a Geordie I persisted.
I can honestly say that the staff have been great in there to me - Laura, Ursula and Geraldine especially. The house vodka and tonic is very alatable and at about £3.20 for a double one (70ml) is a bargain.
The banter is good and I can honestly say that I do miss the place.
I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the music - especially on a Monday night when the locals bring their instruments in and sing traditional folk and some modern songs, its a really great atmosphere and one not to be missed - although as stated it is a tiny bar, and yes rather basic with floorboards down, i.e. not one to take a new girlfriend to if your trying to impress!
Bill, a blind regular plays the guitar and banjo, and occasionally mandolin on the music nights and is a great one to strike up a conversation with. I was very tempted to give this place 5 stars because I do love it so much - but it is a tiny bar, and does not do food - but heh - its a tradional "proper" pub that I hope will outsee the bar chains.
Pity I cant give it 4.5 :(
I had a friend visiting from England who came to meet me with shock that there was a bar called The He Brides and was that bar for transexual brides? I was totally confused until he took me here and I explained that The Hebrides were islands off the West Coast of Scotland. Not pronounced He Brides. So obviously we had to go in.
The bar is really small and quite dingy. It is filled with regulars who upon hearing my friends English accent struck up the old Braveheart conversation. It was all in good humour and they were all quite friendly. Drinks were fine and reasonably priced too. Now if I am waiting for a train at Waverley and fancy a drink I will often pop in here. Its one of the most real Edinburgh bars with real Edinburgh people that you will get in the city centre, so worth popping in just to see the difference between a small, local pub and the corporate, chain pubs which now litter Edinburgh.
Being one of the first public house establishments you encounter as you come up Waverley Station from this side, one would expect it to be full of travellers and tourists enjoying their first or last pint in the city.
This ain't the case for this place. Although it seems inviting from the outsider it certainly is a local pub with it's regulars which means if they don't like the look of you then don't expect great service. Or a smile.
Now before you get up in arms about this, I don't always find this such a bad thing- adds a bit of local attitude. Sure it's full of grumpy old men but buy them a pint and get them chatting and you made yourself a friend. Not everywhere has turned to Starbucks fake smile service yet and not everyone wants to either.
So yes it's slightly hostile but perhaps being a bit more thick-skinned about the whole thing ain't a bad life lesson. If they see you don't give a damn that they don't give a damn then everyone is happy. (in their own misserable way).
I'll second Emily when she says its localised. This is certainly a 'local pub for local people' in sinisterly uncomfortable Royston Vasey style, and it was that uncomfortable feeling that made us sup up quick and leave after a very swift half.
I don't know whether it was because we had Glaswegian accents or just because I had a rucksack (sure tourist sign) but the bar staff were very hostile, and the music basically stopped as we walked from the bar to our seats with all eyes on us. Awkward.com indeed.
Strangely, like Emily again, a couple of my friends who work and live up in Edinburgh during the week said they had never felt like this in the pub before, which was weird as I am pretty sure I wasn't being paranoid. Maybe Emily and I just have one of those faces...
The Hebrides Bar is exactly what you would expect from a train-station local....very localised! The punters all knew each other when I came in for a quick tipple with my mum before going to London, and we were met with silence and watched until we had taken our seat. There was no effort to make us feel welcome, or even comfortable.
Upon speaking to my friends about Hebrides bar, they were surprised as they have had really good experiences in the bar - at the weekend and late at night! I'm planning on going back at the weekend to see if it will change my mind....but I don't have high hopes
I cant say I had the 'You arent a local' treatment, but I think that might have been because I arrived with a friend whose local the Hebrides Bar is.
To be honest, if I had of arrived without my friend i think i would have hated it - it was quiet, dark, dingy, small, uncomfortable and had a atmosphere of 'leave-me-the-f**k-alone'. Charming.
There were a lot of whiskeys however, which my friend loves so I guess thats why he likes this place. Overall, I actually had a good night. Whether that was a combination of being with my friend or wanting a quiet night of supping pints, I dont know.
What a fantastic venue for a few drinks. This unassuming pub is perfectly placed near the station to pop in for a few drinks whilst waiting for your train. The staff are outstanding and they are really serious about the quality of the beer they serve. Excellent pint, great staff, a handy location, and the window seats are the perfect spot for a bit of people watching. Outstanding all round.
The Hebrides is a lovely little pub located in Market Street, which is to the rear of Waverley Station in Edinburgh.
I have visited this pub on several occasions and each time it was very busy.
The atmosphere is quite noisy, but friendly, but you may struggle to find a seat given how popular it is.
The main draw to the Hebrides is the live music - you will hear a lot of traditional Scottish folk music performed here, and lots of songs being sung in Gaelic. The talent I have seen has been outstanding and this is why the pub is so popular.
There is a good selection of drinks on offer but I don't know what the food is like as I have never visited this place during the day!
Staff are quick and helpful and you shouldn't have to wait too long to be served.
If you are visiting Edinburgh and want to experience a touch of real Scottish culture, the Hebrides is a great pub to find it.
Great wee bar to meet locals , small inside but a great atmosphere , you may be lucky as sometimes the pipers come in and do their stuff , staff are friendly and handy position where it's located.
A friend and I stumbled across this bar one lunchtime during the Festival as it was the only one with an empty table. What a find! It is tiny and a bit grubby (in an old way not a dirty way) and had really friendly staff and locals! It has the smallest of small menus, panninis and nachos and that's it ,and they had run out of nachos. But the panninis were great and only about £2. I'd really like to go back one evening, I bet it would be a good laugh!
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