quite an interesting place, thought i might be in the wrong place, as this bar looks a bit strange with its halloweeny decoration (does someone get what i mean?) drinks and food are nice and reasonable priced for edinburgh!
PS: the 2 meals for £8 is nice,try the fish & chips or yorkshire pudding
A trusty city-centre meeting place if you want to catch up with folk with a drink and a bit of grub. The themed bar is quite fun, with dark wood, booths and monster-themed bits and pieces throughout. Loos are hidden behind a book case; can't go wrong with hidden bathrooms! It's also considerably bigger inside than its front would suggest, with a downstairs section that works perfectly for the monthly film quiz (no mobile reception for quiz cheats, joy!).
I'm not a massive fan of the place, probably because I'm not very into themed bars, but it does its job well enough. Prices are about what you'd expect for a city centre bar and the food menu is basic pub grub - cheap enough and reasonably cheerful.
I do like that the Jekyll and Hyde isn't pretentious - you can come here and feel quite at home.
I knew about the Jeykll & Hyde for a while, however they housed one of our "rival" events and so I tended to avoid it. Ironically I ended up here during the Fringe with our event and I can't believe my pride kept me away for so long! I only manged to see the main bar are and The Ariee were we were performing but that was enough!
I'm a huge fan of horror and anything a little dark and so this venue totally won me over not to mention the prices are incredibly low for Edinburgh. I didn't eat however the people in our group who did were complete raving about it. The only issue is it took me ages to deal with finding the ladies toilet (behind the book shelves) and we had to scream "NOT THAT ONE!!!" to those who accidentally stumbled into the wrong one. After locating they also followed the venues theme although they could have done with a good clean. I'm putting the mess down to it being Fringe season and would highly recommend popping by to any one.
This is one of my favourite places to come in Edinburgh, and a great place to take people if they're new to Edinburgh.
It's a little off the beaten track being on Hanover Street, but not far enough that it's a hassle to get to.
The big plus for me is the decor. It's done up like a reject from a 50s B-movie horror... think Hammer Dracula flicks, all leather upholstery, pointed Gothic furniture, and even the odd bubbling beaker full of weird and wonderful potions.
Then there's the toilets.
They're behind a bookcase. If you know where they are, or look reeeeeal close, then it's no problem. Take a few people in after a few "adult beverages" and it becomes a war of attrition, watching people pushing blindly at the wall in desperation.
This amuses me, and I approve.
The bar itself is pretty good too, a nice selection of beers and ales - try the Trade Winds, it's groovy - and all sorts of shots, cocktails and shooters. The staff seem to genuinely enjoy working there and always have a smile and time to have a wee joke while they serve you.
During the fringe, there's always free comedy on as well, so check that out while you can.
I honestly love this place, it's well worth checking out.
We were glad we stumbled upon Jekyll & Hyde in our afternoon of searching for a place with their kitchen open. On top of serving food on a Saturday afternoon it tastes good, they have a fun atmosphere, decent prices, and friendly staff.
With the name Jekyll & Hyde you must expect a theme and themed it is! Love the atmosphere. Love the secret bathrooms even more.
We had the Yorkshire puddings - yum (yeah, it was our first time ever having Yorkshire so we having nothing to compare it to but it tasted good to us!), the fish & chips - yum, and chicken - yum and cooked right.
What a fun wee (well, actually quite big) pub this is. From the burning flames outside, the progressively rockin' tunes (not progressive-rock. Music that progressively got heavier as the night wore on). Dark wood, the Seven Deadly Sins cocktails, a cavernous expansion of tables and booths to mull a pint over, and friendly, edgy bar staff. A perfect place or a post-Elite Event drink or three.
Around 30 yelpers descened on Jekyll & Hyde at 10pm on a Thursday night, and the bar staff weren't phased, served us our drinks aplenty, and there was more than enough room for all of us and the other punters.
The Seven Deadly Sins cocktails are quite fun, but not really connosieur cocktails if you know what I mean. I tried the green one (envy?) with cream, milk and mint. Basically like a mint milkshake, if you like that sort of thing.
As Kerrin R has so eloquently put it, the toilets are somewhat of a mystery. Literally. They're hidden. Try and find them before you feel the need. I saw a few pained looks on people's faces who had returned, being unable, and had decided to try and avert the need. It's not gonna happen. But it's fun to find them when you're not in dire straits.
This bar plays off the gothic, melodrama theme well. It's fun, I can see it being somewhere I would happily hit up regularly for a drink or two despite not being the sort of bar that would serve me endless margaritas. I think it's a Scream pub (?) or a one of those chains but it doesn't really show. Great for groups, great for drink, great for some SOAD to Korn to full on shouty-shouty angry music (in hindsight maybe that's how the bar staff were trying to shunt us all out in the end?)
Jekyll and Hyde is the ONLY place I've drank Innis & Gunn all night, from start to finish, from woe to go, from crack to thump. For those of you who haven't tried Innis & Gunn, it's REALLY potent and tastes so good you just fly through them. This was a problem at Jekyll and Hyde.
The night in question wasn't a busy one and there were plenty of staff on, but for some reason service was SLOOOW. Mega slow. I was waiting 5 - 10 minutes in a one-person-deep line. This was not cool, my pal and I were commiserating a dirty break-up and needed alcohol swift and constant, not slow and sporadic. So I started buying two drinks each per line-up, then eventually three each. I don't like to do this because I can't control myself; I drink quick and hard and get too drunk too early. Which is precisely what happened.
After a few hours our table was COMPLETELY covered with empty bottles. Completely. When the glass dude came to clear them away he was all like "Are these all yours?" and we were like "(unintelligible sounds)".
And then the guy was like "Impressive!"
In one passive action, I stopped caring that the service was slow, the tables sticky and the music not to my liking. We had impressed the staff at a heavy-drinking establishment with the amount we had drunk! Bar-cred for us!
If you don't mind your bars a little bit sticky and scrappy and with a 'who gives a fuck' attitude, give Jekyll and Hyde a whirl. Just make sure you know where the bathroom is before you need to break the seal.
The Jekyll & Hyde is a theme bar, but don't be put off by this. It plays to the gothic designs of Dracula and Frankenstein, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. For the most part it is essentially a rock bar with chandeliers, gargoyles and toilets hidden behind fake book cases.
For the most part... There are other attractions, on a Sunday they generally have live music from 8 and Monday brings a B-Movie screening from 7 (both free). Then there are monthly events and the odd random gig, it s one of those bars that tends to have something going on.
To sum up, good pub with some fun quirks, give it a try!
Where's the toilet?
An important question to ponder before, not after, you've had a few potions to drink at Jekyll & Hyde. There are many important questions to ask in life, but this amoral question is one you do not want to puzzle over on your own for too long when here, for you may end up wandering a labyrinth in the back before you find the answer in solitude. If your mission is to relieve yourself don't discount the other good natured folk around you for guidance. Otherwise, there may be a strange case of your alter ego emerging as you seek the answer to this question in utter frustration.
Whom will you be, Jekyll or Hyde?
I study Forensic Anthropology..... there was not a hope in hell I was NOT going to like this place. I mean really..... skulls! Skeletons!!! I wonder if I could use the excuse 'I'm studying the bones they have on display' as a reason to go here more often!
The drinks were a little bit more expensive than I had expected, but nothing too ridiculous. Although I was told the Carling was a bad choice, a bit watery. I thought as soon as I walked in here I would stick out like a sore thumb. But I didn't there is a good mix of people and quite obvious regulars.
I actually came here to see some bands play in the little bit right out the very back. I was informed it was a bit of an odd/different space for a gig and that was spot on. Not necessarily in a bad way. It is pretty small, but I liked it. I also liked the music, which I did not expect. Judging by the image of the bar I would have expected screamy/shouty stuff that I would hate. Not at all. I also ended up staying til..... I dont know, pretty late, but they were not in any rush to chuck us out which was greatly appreciated. So it is first metacarpal's up for this place...... that is bones talk for a thumb's up!
Edinburgh, along with its inhabitants, suffer from many a crap rainy day accompanied by dull clouds and limited sunlight. What I can't quite fathom is why anyone would want to drink in bar that replicates these conditions.
Ok, the Gothic theme does come hand in hand with black walls, cobwebs and morgue esque surroundings but to be accompanied with flat watery beer and weak lifeless cocktails makes the place a little depressing.
It's hard enough battling SAD throughout the dreary winter months let alone exacerbating the condition by going out of your way to have a depressing social drink in here.
I loved the Jeckyll and Hyde.
For a theme pub, its gimmick is spot on. Massive black and burgandy leather booths, dark, dingy decor, big fake book cases, church pews, stained glass, "case studies" plastered all over the place, glass cases on the walls full of old botany equipment and Victorian gadgets....amazing.
I also can't believe how cheap the food is. 4 quid for main courses, are you shitting me? In this day and age! That is bloomin' marvellous!
I'm pretty sure a picture of Dracula is on the menus which is a bit of an identity crisis, but who am I to question a good Victorian icon? Put 'em all on there, I say! Throw Jane Eyre into the mix, she too was a bit frightful at times!
I had a bowl of chips and chilli out of here for 3 quid today. That ain't half bad.
The staff are pretty cool and the selection of booze is decent enough.
But the best bit of all, there are seats in the shape of organs.
Did you hear me?
SEATS IN THE SHAPE OF ORGANS!!!
'Nuff said. It rocks.
A fun, themed bar not far from the city centre; whether you're a tourist or one of the children of the night, there's a time of day for everyone to enjoy a visit.
They offer the usual selection of drinks, a fairly decent offering of cheap, edible pub food, and a fun selection of themed cocktails and shots for the more adventurous; I recommend the Pride, but Gluttony isn't necessarily a bad thing either.
They host regular events such as Heresy Comedy on Thursday evenings, Rock-In The Aerie on Sunday's, and I highly recommend the B-Movie night hosted by The Edinburgh B-Team every Monday evening in The Crypt; it's free of charge and they even provide popcorn, though get there early or you may have to stand.
My only complaint is the facilities; if you can find them (and you should ask if you're struggling!) they aren't the best presented in the world and could do with a bit of domestos every-now-and-then.
Yes, it's kitschy as all getout and it's morbid, dreary, cliche, what have you. I don't care. I love this bar. Maybe I'm slightly biased towards the Gothic and macabre, but I love the ever-so-slightly tacky decor of the Jekyll & Hyde.
It's fairly cheap as far as bars go, and the drinks are good. The Seven Deadly Sins cocktails are quite delicious, and there are test tube shots for the punters who aren't quite so concerned with sophistication. It's good old fun. There are big booths in the back for bigger groups, or you can squirrel yourself and your significant other in a cobweb-mired alcove and sip your blood-red wine until the clock strikes midnight. I enjoy it.
Just to start this review off with a small rant, am I the only one, that despite having been here a number of times, still fails to locate the ladies toilet on every occasion? I know it is kind of hidden away for banter purposes and to link in with the decor, but surely after several imbibing visits here, my sense of direction should have improved? Anyway, this New Town pub is a steady contender on the night time scene, always filled with locals and a bit of a tourist crowd, and its novelty interior is always a fun environment to have a few bevs in, with the dark booths and potion like substances running up the walls.
For those who know the term Jekyll and Hyde refers to a person with a split personality, but aren't sure why, I shall explain. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a book written by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, about a man called Dr. Jekyll, who had a good and evil side of his personality, but in a physical sense too, as his sinister scientific research had led him to drink potions, which transformed him into the evil Mr. Hyde. If you've ever been keen to read the book and I've just spoilt some of the plot, then apologies.
A more acceptable version of Frankenstein's, Jekyll and Hyde's horror theme plasters the bar, the walls, and the atmosphere, yet never manages to feel overbearing or overdone. It is a bit crap, but Jekyll and Hyde knows it's a bit crap, and plays on this in order to make it a selling point, much like Channel 5 or Pot Noodle.
It's quite busy on a regular basis, but like most theme pubs pretty much everyone seems fairly pissed all the time, so if it's quiet after-dinner drinks you're looking for I wouldn't bother.
I'm slightly biased in my feelings for this place. It's where a friend of mine put on his comedy performance during the Fringe last year. So it holds good memories for me - I found it to a fun little spot.
Of course, if this type of gothic themed bar doesn't float your boat, then you might not even make it past the door. It's harmless though.
The booth out the back are ideal for gathering friends, and the downstairs bar is another hidden treat. Fairly average selection of drinks.
Jekyll and Hyde is a quirky little bar which can get very busy.
It is themed around Jekyll and Hyde, and is a very dark, Gothic pub. Its very mad scientist in here and as you sit taking in your surroundings you will be transfixed by the random jars, test tubes and skeletons which cover the walls. The music is a mix of rock and metal to compliment the surroundings.
They serve a wide selection of well priced drinks, with special mention to the drinks named after the seven sins. I recommend giving them a go (maybe not all at once!), just to try them.
The food is pretty good pub food. It is fairly cheap! I had a rather tasty soup and sandwich for only a few pounds. The burgers are pretty good too. I'd say it is best to visit at lunchtime as it gets pretty busy with after work drinkers in the evening. We came on for dinner one night and the place was jam packed so we had to go elsewhere.
One last thing: good luck finding the toilets!
Jekyll and Hyde is a sort of themed 'alternative' studenty pub, although it seems to be located in an odd place to be any of those things.
It sits on Hanover St next to The Dogs and over the road from 99, yet always seems to be busy(ish). It is decorated with skeletons, cobwebs and other sorts of leftover Halloween tat. The entrance to the loos is hidden behind a bookcase and whilst you're in the loos themselves 'spooky' noises can be heard. They play old B-movies in a wee cinema room on some nights and the speciality cocktails behind the bar are named after the seven deadly sins.
I would never choose to drink here as I guess I just find it all a bit gimmicky, perhaps this place is best left to the students and tourists.
Apart from getting ID'd by 3 different staff, this was a seamless pub experience.
It was quiet when we went in as it was before we were going to go to dinner at the Dogs so the guys behind the bar were chatty and made us some, not particularly technical, but somehow cheaply tasty ones. Which when you're with a big group of girls is what you want - to be a wee bit merry.
Inside is like something out of a Sherlock Holmes with big bookcases and big Chesterfield seats - this does make it sound a little better than it is because it's more theme bar than style.
However, a good place to stop by for some spooky shots or a big glass of Jack Daniels but wouldn't ever think to spend the whole night there.
I was in here for the birthday of a girl who frequents this place quite a bit. When we got there the night was still young, and the bar was pretty much empty apart from us. I must admit, at the time it did not occur to me that this was a gothic theme pub - i just thought it was a bit dark and old fashioned.
ANyway, the night was pretty darn good - the drinks were cheap, the staff were funny and the cocktails were good (i.e very alcoholic). Why only 3 stars then? Well, apart from us, the place was empty - if I were there for any other reason than the birthday, i would have found it depressing. While I still had an excellent time with my group, it really was a case of when we left, the pub might have well closed. Shame really, because it all seemed to be going rather well.
I don't tend to like anything even mildly scary, so the freaky picture of Jekyll and Hyde outside this sort of Wetherspoons-esque pub kind of put me off. But, with the promise of beer for £1.50, I braved it, the soul that I am.
Inside, the Jekyll and Hyde theme runs on, with test tubes and cobwebby things, not really to my taste but different strokes I guess! I gathered it was pretty student heavy as I visited on a Sunday afternoon and the place was heaving with them!
The pint was indeed £1.50 and it was a good pint, as pints go. It was really busy though so we decided to leave, however I can really see the appeal of the place but I can't imagine coming here before a night out on the town, a bit too dark and dreary for that.
I'm really glad to learn that I wasn't the only one to get ID'd every other minute! And I look old for my age (a modest 20, or twenteen as I prefer it) so I never, ever get asked to prove it. Maybe they were trying to flatter me.
Anyway, the pub itself, as has been mentioned is more of a novelty than particularly chic. Well that depends on your definition of chic I suppose. If novelty book cases and murder-mystery style is chic to you, then grab your glad-rags.
The prices are good too, and it's in a good location so you can come here before a night on the town and barely have to bear the walk!
We need more Pubs like this in Edinburgh. Fact. Part of the Eerie Pub Co. and in a similar vein as Frankenstein's, Jekyll and Hyde is a pub with an edge - it's edgier than U2's guitarist. Taking ideas from the Addams Family and 'insert Tim Burton film here', the gothic themed décor with its nooks and crannies and (fake) cobwebs and bubbling scientific experiments lends to a different drinking environment.
The drinks themselves are amusing, in addition to the standard pints and wines and ciders, they have their own special potions. The Seven Deadly Sins are cocktails of varying strength, with my particular favourite being Sloth (think White Russian with a twist). To balance out the celestial battle of drinks there are the Seven Heavenly Virtues (ironically more deadly than the Sins) which are seven different shooters. There is a reward for anyone who manages to work their way through the menu.
The one irritant the first time you come here, but is highly amusing as a regular, is the location of the toilets. In true haunted house fashion, they are secret entrances in the bookshelves, a nightmare when you desperately need to go, and also it is difficult to work out the Cousin Itt's from the Morticia's leading to some amusing situations.
Despite rumours that this place was going to be closed down to be a gastro pub (as if we need any more of those in central Edinburgh), it has stayed the course. So if you're around, Lurch on in.
Dark, dingy, unwelcoming. That was my impression of Jeckyll & Hyde. Not a place I want to drink in. I know that's the theme they're going for, but it just didn't work for me. In fact, it had the opposite effect. And it's a shame too, because the staff were actually cool and friendly. Beer was OK, there was nothing interesting about it and they do standard pub food.
There is, however, one reason to visit Jeckyll & Hyde. Go there later on, when people have had a few and watch them try and find the toilet. It's hidden in a bookcase in the wall and it's absolutely hilarious watching drunk men feel their way around the wall then eventually fall in. But apart from that it's not really worth bothering with.
A little run down these days and wine choice a bit limited.
The Jekyll & Hyde is a fantastic locals hang out and right in the city, so inviting to visitors too.
The place is steeped in horror movie artifacts and helps promote its inique character! Regular comedy and open mike nights keep the punters interested and the staff are always chatty and delightful!
A high recommendation from me!
This place wasn't really my cup of tea - decor, music etc...although I have to admit that the toilet door 'situation' is pretty funny.
Also, the prices are really good for such a central location.
3 badger stars.
This place is fun and where I spent my 21st birthday (not being a clubby type person). I was more than happy here comfy seats and good food with a drinks list that helped the merriment of the night(as well as the nice staff).
I must see for anyone that likes something a little different and a little more than the norm.
This is an alright bar with a decent soundtrack (assuming your into heavy metal, goth rock etc etc). They have now started a B Movie night on Mondays which is excellent. Adam the manager. has the most obscure film library! If there's a particular film you want to see, just ask as chances are has it or knows where to find it.
I'm usually in for the comedy on a Thursday, and while the Crypt isn't the warmest room, it's usually an alright night of local comedy.
Can't say I think much of the food though..
I like themed pubs and I am very pleased a sinister themed pub like this is in Edinburgh. Though I am struggling to give this place 4 stars.
They have loads of room up in the back and down the stairs - it is like a vault or mad scientist laboratory - which is the theme..duh. They have torches outside above the door and a library on the indoor veranda. There is no corner or table that is the same.
They play rock music and not your usual background muzak. For me it is a little loud and does overtake the conversation. But on being an interesting pub stakes it gets a star. Another star is the toilet. - if you can find it. When I take new people to this place I always let them try to figure it out - most hilarious..ah well - easily pleased et al.
The beers and wine and spirits are all your usuals and they serve up themed cocktails - which sometimes are serves in testubes and a full rack is available - nice touch.
I've been here on birthday parties, just a group of friends and on HALLOWEEN (!) - yup that last one was a nice night out .
Just a word of warning - it is busy from Wednesday to Sunday - so take that in mind.
A fantastic bar, I like the tables and the tolet doors are so unusual but can be confusing!
Their cocktails are great and better value than a lot of places, also their test tube shots are nice, I love the chocolate one.
The food's also nice here and they had a 2 meals for £8 offer last time we went, I think their nachos are great.
The Jekyll and Hyde pub has a great horror theme that runs right through the pub. The pub itself is much larger than you initially think when you enter. Just by the entrance is the bar, however if you keep walking past this you find yourself going up and down small sets of stairs and ducking underneath gothic arches to find lots of nicely secluded tables.
The food served is good quality pub grub and is very reasonably priced with regular deals.
There is a room downstairs called "the crypt" where every Thursday night for a very reasonable £3 they have a comedy evening.
So, this might be a bit touristy/ gimmicky of an idea for a restaurant, but its a lot of fun.
The walls are all decorated with 'mad scientist' style apparatuses. Motorcycle batteries, random wires, tubes. The over all decor is a bit dark. The patrons, however, seemed boisterous and almost oblivious to their surroundings.
We had a very friendly Hungarian waitress who took a bit of time to talk to the two Americans at her table (us), and to recommend the Chicken Curry, which was great. We stuck around for a bit, and had a couple of beers, then it was time to hit the bathroom before we went home.
This may have been my favorite part about the pub; if you haven't been to one of these places, down a few quick beers to get a buzz, then try to find the bathroom without asking for directions. Maybe you'll notice the signs above the hidden door (clearly telling you where it is), and maybe you'll just stumble through the hidden door on your own.
This pub is cute and has a nice visual effect as Aberdeen Slain's Castle. Even though it is a chain it still delivers character and the food and drink is pleasing.
A brilliant place to go - while it's not the cheapest place around (let's be honest, where is these days?) the atmosphere more than makes up for it. One thing you MUST do at some point is sample all 7 Deadly Sins cocktails to get the T-shirt! This place has oodles of character - just try to find the toilets for a start! (Clue - some often refer to the loo as a Reading Room!). A good selection of drinks ranging from cocktails to spirits to lagers and even to ales, this is well worth a visit.
It is a shame that this bar is such a long walk from where I live but I love it. If you're going to go to a themed bar don't go to frankensteins - go here! It's decor is wonderfully gothic in an old style sense with bookcases lining the walls. It's always fun when you're there for the first time, struggling to find the loos (behind a bookcase). They play great music here, the staff are friendly and I love their cocktails. Try the all 7 of the deadly sins - I dunno if they still do but they used to give you a tshirt if you did. I thoroughly recommend this place and look forward to revisiting it during the festive period.
Someone had a brilliant idea for a pub! The inside decorated as a laboratory of a madman makes you fell as part of the famous Jekyll and Hyde story. As for the pub itself good food, beverage at reasonable prices but the fact that it's popular makes you sometimes wait for a free spot to sit. Good place in general, full of atomsphere, the staff is nice and friendly. I'd never been to such place ever in my time travelling around Europe and it's definetly worth seeing one cold night if you're in town.
I only went to this pub recently and I just thought that the atmosphere and the decour was just fabulous! All the ornate victorian features and the fact that the toilet door is a pretend bookshelf. As someone who likes to write this place just ignites my imagination. The bar staff are friendly and the drinks are good. It's a nice place to duck into after finishing shopping on princes street.
Jekyll and Hyde is a great pub, its quite a spooky place, and finding the toilets is like a challenge, as the doors to the toilets are actually on the wall, and you cant see that there are doors, they have spooky noises in them also, which is rather creepy if your in there on your own. In the summer they had free comedy which was good. The pub is always packed, and it is a large pub, with different rooms downstairs. The food is nice also, and the prices are very reasonable. It is definitely worth a visit.
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