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  • “Located in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Cowgate's nightlife, Rush is a good place to either begin the night or stop off at for a cheap drink before hitting the clubs.” in 7 reviews

  • “The atmosphere is catered to students and indeed others might find it a bit hectic.” in 7 reviews

  • “Located in Edinburgh's Cowgate, Rush is a great spot for inexpensive pre-gig bevvies before hitting one of the areas many music venues.” in 3 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    Listed in Scotland

    Cheap cheap cheap drinks! 1 pound for shots, 1.5 for a mixed drink, every night!

    The have beer pong and Foosball...which I guess some people were playing strip Foosball to as there was a topless woman and naked man running around and away from the table.

    If you don't want to play games they have nice big couches by a giant tv that plays either reality TV or old cartoons (at least that's what they played when we were there) and who doesn't like that?

    You can also get drinks out of a fishbowl. If I come back to Edinburgh I'll do that for sure.

  • 2.0 star rating

    On a good night Rush is great fun, with 80's cartoons playing and cheap drinks, but the good nights are few and far between. Rush sadly attracts the "lads on tour" demographic who always seem to turn up here and instantly kill the fun atmosphere. Normally they make a b-line for the bar and the punching machine (not sure who thought a boxing bag in a bar was a good idea) they stay for a couple of drinks or until they strike out with any woman around then filter out, half an hour later the cycle repeats.

    See I like Rush but I am not a fan of who it attracts, in a social group it is fine and easy enough to ignore but it doesn't change the rather sad fact that no matter the night Rush will almost always get this sort of crowd.

    So to sum up Rush can be a great place (Open mike on a Monday is normally good), but more than likely it will be a disappointment...

  • 3.0 star rating
    First to Review

    This place is absolutly geared towards students. Not only is it located below one of the university of Edinburghs halls of residence, but the prices of the drinks in rush, as well as its location mark it as one of the many pre-drinking venues in the area that offer somewhere to get drunk cheaply before moving somewhere else.

    Really, this place has all the atmosphere of a common room in a 6th form college - its a bit childish, a bit fun and generally a bit of a laugh, but in a 'knowing-full-well-its-crap' kind of way.

    An alright place for cheap drinks and a good time.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Located in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Cowgate's nightlife, Rush is a good place to either begin the night or stop off at for a cheap drink before hitting the clubs.  It's quite a young place and the vast majority of custom comes from students.  It is appropriately equipped for this with a Playstation on a large screen and some other arcade-type stuff. The seating is all comfortable and you can get a good view of the street below whilst chatting with your mates.  
    I've got good memories of Rush as having a great atmosphere and I always seem to have hilarious conversations with people about the most random things whenever I'm in.  That said, however, it is geared towards a certain age group and I would only advise it as a venue for pre-drinking rather than the whole night itself.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Rush is one of those places that are a great start to the night.  It has a bit of a relaxed, but sociable atmosphere. The main thing going for Rush is its cheap drinks - that's why the night starts here.  It's a fabulous bar for younger drinkers, but perhaps not ideal for slightly older ones.  The atmosphere is catered to students and indeed others might find it a bit hectic.  Unless you've picked the wrong night it's going to be a big queue at the bar so you may want to think about getting more than one drink at a time.  

    Of the nights of the week, the weekend is good, but Tuesday is better.  The typical Tuesday starts at Rush and finishes at Bannermans for karaoke.  It's not the longest pub crawl, but makes for a great Tuesday night out.

  • 4.0 star rating


    That's the first word that springs to mind when I think of this bar, as it's exterior is without doubt the most dust and mud splattered facade I've seen outside a rally track. I understand that the nature opf the buildings around Cowgate cause this, but they really should clean the windows and general frontage at least occasionally, as just walking past makes me crave heading home to give myself a good scrub with the loofah.

    Negatives aside, it's actually alright in here. The late 90s decor, and late 90s prices, remind me very much of being an oily young shaver, and the bar in general is aimed at young backpackers who like it cheap, cheerful, and bereft of thrills.

    A ship that's sadly sailed for me, lest I become a mildly tragic new-age travelling hippy (a worryingly possible career path), but great at what it does.

  • 3.0 star rating

    I approached Rush rather hesitantly as the exterior suggested it had actually shut down. Someone is needing to get the shammy leathers out and get those windows scrubbed, they are minging!

    Anyway, appearances can be deceiving, and this one was because I honestly had a great night in here although the memories are hazy (are they ever anything else?)

    It's not cool or modern or really anything but what it is, is cheap, and I'm happy with that. Classy as per. We started off an evening in here and it done the job for a pre-club pub. Its a student pub, I think anyway, but there was the obligatory older gent sitting in the corner.

    Not exactly classy, not exactly high end boozing but cheap all the same!

  • 3.0 star rating

    Rush is pretty rubbish and it knows it. Not trying to be a cool bar or serve original and exotic drinks, it just sticks to doing what it does well, getting people drunk. And there are fewer better places for pre-drinking before a night out. Yes it's busy, yes it's loud, yes most of the people are all drunk as well so a little bit lairy, but if you find yourself a little corner (or if you are unbelievably lucky a seat) and hang with a few mates it's good boozy fun.

    Definitely aimed at students, being located under Robertson's Close Halls, Rush reflects this in its prices. It is so cheap; even after the licensing laws generally made bars a bit pricier, Rush has managed to stay ludicrously cheap. Definitely a good place to drop into for a few quick ones before a night out, but that's pretty much the only occasion.

  • 1.0 star rating

    Oh Rush. Rush came upon me like a bad pungent dream. But pungent with all the smells you would generally hope stayed in sewers, with rats playing in their fetid liquids. But no, these smells seem to have emigrated to Rush, where they now consort with drunk 18 year-olds. 18 year-olds drunk on their cheap mixers, and on snakebite. Never ever will this place be my cup of tea. I avoid it like the plague. Like a deadline.

    I have a very very sensitive sense of smell, and to be fair, I don't care how cheap their drinks are, I can't deal with standing in the constant smell of piss and cheap booze. But if that's what makes you happy, who am I to say otherwise. Go and consort with the cartoon-like nasty green smells.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Being located right next to first year accommodation, Rush tailors itself perfectly to what first year students want to do- to get drunk and have a laugh. The drinks are dirt cheap, they do vodka and cokes at £1, and although you can taste that the vodka is pretty rank and the coke is probably watered down, you can't really complain at a pound. The place could do with a good clean, but when it's dark it is less evident and the fact that everyone is half-cut, means that this little fact goes unnoticed by most.
    The seats are comfy and pretty long so you can get a lot of mates around a table. They also have a couple of pool tables and a video console. Rush makes a good starting point for a night out before you head on to another few bars or off to a club.

    • Qype User es…
    • Edinburgh
    • 15 friends
    • 99 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    Rush, erm it's cheap!


    • Qype User f_i_o_…
    • Edinburgh
    • 20 friends
    • 48 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    Situated underneath student halls of residence was always going to make this bar a student favourite, however the whole bar has been marketed around students. While the student feel use to have its own appeal, 'renovations' over the last year have made the place feel a bit too studenty. It has the feeling that it is a bit run down, and the bar staff dont seem to look particularly enthusiastic to be there.

    On the positive side, the drinks are very well priced! Some mainstream spirits and mixer can be bought for £1 with a 'Rush Card' (you can get one from the bar free of charge). They also stock a good range of drinks.

    There is also a pool table and a games machine which are good at quieter times but it is near impossible to get on either when the place is busy.

    The seating and tables isnt to my taste at all and Im fairly easy going.

    I would say go for the drinks promos at the start of the night, but this isnt the place to stay for a great night out.

    • Qype User jc…
    • Edinburgh
    • 7 friends
    • 77 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    Rush, formerly Dr Watt's Library, holds many fond memories for me with many an evening of "study" lost in there.

    Despite the fact that it's a bit of a dive, it has that unmistakable common-room feel to it with its fussball table, quality juxebox and, most importantly, cheap drinks.

    However, if your student days are behind you then you'll find this pub a bit of a turn-off. It's noisy, busy, the staff can be quite surly (not that I blame them) and binge drinking is rife.

    Not for the discerning drinker....

    • Qype User mrtomj…
    • Edinburgh
    • 7 friends
    • 187 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    For those of us getting pissed on a shoestring, Rush is a must. Located in Edinburgh's Cowgate, Rush is a great spot for inexpensive pre-gig bevvies before hitting one of the areas many music venues.

    Don't expect anything too fancy though. The cost of low prices is loaded students and sticky floors.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I've experienced Rush both quiet and dead empty, and packed full of drunk youth. Funnily enough, it's the kind of place that somehow goes from empty to pumping in minutes, and then back to empty just as quickly.

    If you experience it while busy you'll likely find yourself rubbing shoulders with young university students and backpackers looking for a cheap drink. At £1 for mainline spirits (£1.50 on weekends) who can blame them?

    Rush positions itself as a student/backpacker pub, and that's exactly what it is. It's not the fanciest or the coolest, but if that's what you wanted you wouldn't have come here anyway. You came here for the cheap drinks to save paying top dollar along the Cowgate, and for that it's perfect.

    • Qype User Renz…
    • Edinburgh
    • 4 friends
    • 40 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    There's nothing really that special about this place. It seems very student friendly in terms of drink prices (£1 drinks). It has a relaxed atmosphere with a pool table, some sofas and a jukebox. My friends and I quite enjoy spending a quid on that so that our choice of music takes over the bar. A good place for cheap drinks but there are better bars.

    • Qype User dj2…
    • Edinburgh
    • 9 friends
    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    well this place is a must go good to start a night . but bad as far as going out for a cig as you see the club next door with fights and all that but dont let that get ya down leave before 10 as rif raf start to come

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