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Is it right what I have read?  Clark's Bar in Dundas Street has closed?

 

(Apologies if posted on here elsewhere).

 

I enjoyed quite a few nights drinking there on my rare overnighters in the area.  Simple; unpretentious; and very reasonably priced beer.

 

They also had a few old photographs on the walls of Hearts and Hibs teams, although I detected a bit of Hibbiness about their facebook page a while back.

 

 

 

 

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The Real Maroonblood
21 minutes ago, King Of The Cat Cafe said:

Is it right what I have read?  Clark's Bar in Dundas Street has closed?

 

(Apologies if posted on here elsewhere).

 

I enjoyed quite a few nights drinking there on my rare overnighters in the area.  Simple; unpretentious; and very reasonably priced beer.

 

They also had a few old photographs on the walls of Hearts and Hibs teams, although I detected a bit of Hibbiness about their facebook page a while back.

 

 

 

 

It was mentioned on another thread that this was happening.

I think it was the Edinburgh history thread.

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Morgan
10 minutes ago, The Real Maroonblood said:

It was mentioned on another thread that this was happening.

I think it was the Edinburgh history thread.

It was in the 'Your favourite Edinburgh pubs' thread and was posted by @the general.

 

Reason it stuck in my mind was that it's a pub we used on and off for years, so was sad to hear it was closing.

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The Real Maroonblood
Just now, Morgan said:

It was in the 'Your favourite Edinburgh pubs' thread and was posted by @the general.

 

Reason it stuck in my mind was that it's a pub we used on and off for years, so was sad to hear it was closing.

Your right I was checking it myself just now.

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heartsfc_fan

Any word why it was closing? I'd imagine the big RBS building over the road closing fairly recently considerably lowered the amount of punters coming through the doors.

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EIEIO
45 minutes ago, King Of The Cat Cafe said:

Is it right what I have read?  Clark's Bar in Dundas Street has closed?

 

(Apologies if posted on here elsewhere).

 

I enjoyed quite a few nights drinking there on my rare overnighters in the area.  Simple; unpretentious; and very reasonably priced beer.

 

They also had a few old photographs on the walls of Hearts and Hibs teams, although I detected a bit of Hibbiness about their facebook page a while back.

 

 

 

 

They used to have a few St Bernards photos as well. When I was a Friday night regular in there probably about 2003 to 2006 the manager/licencee was a big guy Davie I think and he was a jambo. Obviously seems to have gone down hill since then.

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Notts1874

Lack of custom and a series of short term leases. RBS closing obviously a massive factor.

I always wondered how they got the fruit machine down to the bottom of the stairs 😂😂😂

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Morgan
On 06/06/2019 at 18:49, Stuart Lyon said:

Sad news about Clark's Bar. I think they were disappointed planning permission wan't given for changes they wanted to make to the original interior and using the shop next door which I believe was purchased as part of their plan to enlarge the pub. The RBS move certainly would 't have helped.

 

8 minutes ago, heartsfc_fan said:

Any word why it was closing? I'd imagine the big RBS building over the road closing fairly recently considerably lowered the amount of punters coming through the doors.

 See above for the explanation from our resident pub expert.

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davemclaren

Shame. Decent old boozer. 

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Morgan
8 minutes ago, davemclaren said:

Shame. Decent old boozer. 

It's rude to talk about yourself in a praiseworthy fashion, Dave.

 

:whistling:

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Gashauskis9

Quite a few Standard Life folk have moved up to Lothian Rd and George St, so that is likely to have hit them as well.

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davemclaren
12 minutes ago, Morgan said:

It's rude to talk about yourself in a praiseworthy fashion, Dave.

 

:whistling:

😄

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Stuart Lyon

It seems from this Facebook contribution that it might not be closed for good

Clark's Bar.png

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the general

The current owners or lease holders may have lost interest after they got knocked back for an expansion... got rid of the racing channel which peed off a lot of regulars

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Scnorthedinburgh
16 hours ago, EIEIO said:

They used to have a few St Bernards photos as well. When I was a Friday night regular in there probably about 2003 to 2006 the manager/licencee was a big guy Davie I think and he was a jambo. Obviously seems to have gone down hill since then.

Davie Lothian

Was a 60/40 split hearts to hibs fans when I drank there.

Great mix of people, don't think getting the kb for the new lounge is behind this, as that had.been a plan since before 2000?

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Joey J J Jr Shabadoo

That Davie lothian guy - does he ever get called shitty Dave? Think I work beside a friend of his. 

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Boston Jambo

I stayed just round the corner from Clark's on my visit home last September. 

 

The owner/ manager was Scott, a very nice guy, he was a Hibs fan.

 

A great wee old style pub.

 

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Governor Tarkin

The Mrs worked in Clarks Bar for a stretch around 7-8 years ago.

 

Was a cracking wee beer and whisky pub back then with an eclectic mix of punters. Enjoyed the odd lock-in too.

 

 

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Scnorthedinburgh
On 11/06/2019 at 14:04, Joey J J Jr Shabadoo said:

That Davie lothian guy - does he ever get called shitty Dave? Think I work beside a friend of his. 

Nah never called that, pretty sure he passed away about 10 years ago.

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Joey J J Jr Shabadoo
2 hours ago, Scnorthedinburgh said:

Nah never called that, pretty sure he passed away about 10 years ago.

Cheers, must be a different Dave. 👍 

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Placid Casual

One of my mates used to drink in Clarks, along with his partner.

 

He manages a shoe shop, she is a dentist. They were quickly christened "Foot and Mouth" by the regulars :lol:

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The Old Tolbooth
1 hour ago, Placid Casual said:

One of my mates used to drink in Clarks, along with his partner.

 

He manages a shoe shop, she is a dentist. They were quickly christened "Foot and Mouth" by the regulars :lol:

 

:rofl:

 

That pub is only about 100 yards down from my office, but I'm hardly ever in it anyway (the office that is!), a few of the lads will miss that for the time it's shut though. 

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jambo east anglia

Slight tangent if I may - more a question for our older licensed premises frequenters.

 

Wasn't there a Clarks bar in Lauriston Place in the 60s and 70s?  In what was the old Coal Board building?

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the general
On 11/06/2019 at 15:04, Boston Jambo said:

I stayed just round the corner from Clark's on my visit home last September. 

 

The owner/ manager was Scott, a very nice guy, he was a Hibs fan.

 

A great wee old style pub.

 

 

I know his daughter..staunch hibby as well

Think he has had a few pubs over the years

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Morgan
54 minutes ago, jambo east anglia said:

Slight tangent if I may - more a question for our older licensed premises frequenters.

 

Wasn't there a Clarks bar in Lauriston Place in the 60s and 70s?  In what was the old Coal Board building?

When I was at school in Lauriston Place (mid 70’s) the only two boozers I recall were Lauries Bar and the Tap o’ Lauriston.

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Stuart Lyon
13 hours ago, jambo east anglia said:

Slight tangent if I may - more a question for our older licensed premises frequenters.

 

Wasn't there a Clarks bar in Lauriston Place in the 60s and 70s?  In what was the old Coal Board building?

 

David Clark's Bar, Lauriston Pl. Sorry I don't know when this photo was taken.

David Clark's Bar Lauriston.jpeg

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jambo east anglia
16 hours ago, Morgan said:

When I was at school in Lauriston Place (mid 70’s) the only two boozers I recall were Lauries Bar and the Tap o’ Lauriston.

I believe Clark's was a former name for the Tap o Lauriston.  From what you say, looks like it changed sometime around the early 70s.

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Morgan
2 hours ago, jambo east anglia said:

I believe Clark's was a former name for the Tap o Lauriston.  From what you say, looks like it changed sometime around the early 70s.

Yeah, that would make sense.

 

.Even I wasn’t really into drink around the age of 6 or 7!!  :) 

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