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To settle a bet...

 

What is the earliest time you can drink in an Edinburgh pub pre and post Covid? 
 

Need name of pub as well as some semblance of evidence 

 

Thank you
 

 

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Blackford Hearts

That’s what I thought but I couldn’t prove it. Is there any evidence to  prove? 

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SteauaNeedarest
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27 minutes ago, SteauaNeedarest said:

You could drink in Stratties at 6am during normal times.

handy if your coming back from a party, or off nightshift, tbh bit early for me🤔

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Bit old but here you go-

 

Don’t think the Scotsman is early anymore. 

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davemclaren

I remember having a pre work pint one early morning in the Penny Black. Australia v Scotland world cup qualifier. 

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1 minute ago, davemclaren said:

I remember having a pre work pint one early morning in the Penny Black. Australia v Scotland world cup qualifier. 

I remember my one and only pub all nighter that finished there. Odd  place where a guy about 5 foot was picking a fight with the bouncer inside. Bouncer was brilliant and didn’t get involved whilst ushering him outside. These days a.pint at 6pm isn’t allowed!!! 

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Seaside jambo

Back in normal times 

Oman’s bar at Craigmillar 6am 

Portobello Bar 6am 

I know people who drink in one and stay not far from the other 

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Penny Black and the place at top of Cockburn Street (Scotsman’s Lounge?) opened around 6.00am.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Seaside jambo said:

Back in normal times 

Oman’s bar at Craigmillar 6am 

Portobello Bar 6am 

I know people who drink in one and stay not far from the other 

Additional evidence. Have had a drink in both! 

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1 minute ago, Morgan said:

Penny Black and the place at top of Cockburn Street (Scotsman’s Lounge?) opened around 6.00am.

 

 

Thanks mate. You ok in lockdown? Horrible stuff going on in Nice 

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3 minutes ago, Blackford Hearts said:

Additional evidence. Have had a drink in both! 

Me too but a few years back 

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Rodger Mellie
7 minutes ago, Seaside jambo said:

Back in normal times 

Oman’s bar at Craigmillar 6am 

Portobello Bar 6am 

I know people who drink in one and stay not far from the other 

 

I used to pass the Porty Bar daily commuting to work and found it surprising how many folk bevvy at that time in the morning.

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2 minutes ago, Seaside jambo said:

Me too but a few years back 

By your user name maybe at same times 

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49 minutes ago, davemclaren said:

I remember having a pre work pint one early morning in the Penny Black. Australia v Scotland world cup qualifier. 

I was there as well.

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Seaside jambo

A believe it was allowed to open early for shift workers at the railway and post office depot’s but don’t think any of  them went there 

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2 minutes ago, Blackford Hearts said:

Thanks mate. You ok in lockdown? Horrible stuff going on in Nice 

Yes thanks, second lockdown started at midnight last night.

 

This one is only scheduled for 1 month.  The previous one lasted for 54 days.  

 

Nice was indeed pretty grim, not too surprised though, tensions are quite high here just now, even in our wee place which is about 30 minutes away from Nice by train.

 

You keeping ok, R?

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54 minutes ago, davemclaren said:

I remember having a pre work pint one early morning in the Penny Black. Australia v Scotland world cup qualifier. 

I was there too!

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Seaside jambo
5 minutes ago, Blackford Hearts said:

By your user name maybe at same times 

Yeh you never know 

 

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Just now, Morgan said:

Yes thanks, second lockdown started at midnight last night.

 

This one is only scheduled for 1 month.  The previous one lasted for 54 days.  

 

Nice was indeed pretty grim, not too surprised though, tensions are quite high here just now, even in our wee place which is about 30 minutes away from Nice by train.

 

You keeping ok, R?

We can never tell how long they will last. Hopefully minimal but same will happen again when people get out unless there’s a vaccine. That’s looking like a month or two away. 
Didn’t know about heightened tensions, but really dire to be around what’s happening. 
We booked up to return to Nice in April. We’ll see how that works out nearer the time. Take care. M

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Dandyman79

What was the pub on west reg Street called that was always open really early and closed by earlier afternoon?

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davemclaren
6 minutes ago, Morgan said:

I was there too!

Not much work done in the Square that day for some. 😎

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3 minutes ago, Blackford Hearts said:

We can never tell how long they will last. Hopefully minimal but same will happen again when people get out unless there’s a vaccine. That’s looking like a month or two away. 
Didn’t know about heightened tensions, but really dire to be around what’s happening. 
We booked up to return to Nice in April. We’ll see how that works out nearer the time. Take care. M

I typed ‘R’ and meant to type ‘M’.  :facepalm:

 

Sorry!

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Just now, Dandyman79 said:

What was the pub on west reg Street called that was always open really early and closed by earlier afternoon?

The Penny Black. 😎

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1 minute ago, Dandyman79 said:

What was the pub on west reg Street called that was always open really early and closed by earlier afternoon?

Surely that was the Penny Black?

 

Previously called the Whip and Saddle, I think.

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hughesie27

Pretty sure I've been in Spiders Web (obviously closed now) at 5am before. It was still open from the night before.

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Dandyman79
2 minutes ago, Morgan said:

Surely that was the Penny Black?

 

Previously called the Whip and Saddle, I think.

Yeah it was, Scotbet bookies was directly below it

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Riddley Walker

I've drank in the Spiders Web, Penny Black, The Marksman :facepalm: plus one that was halfway up Leith Walk - from 5am - lots of times after still being up on the sweets.

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11 minutes ago, davemclaren said:

The Penny Black. 😎

Yeah, don't think I never set foot in the place just remember it 

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Pasquale for King

No such thing as early. You used to be able to drink until 3am in a club, then go to a casino then to whatever pub opened early. The good old days, or early 2020 if you prefer. 

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Blackford Hearts
40 minutes ago, Morgan said:

I typed ‘R’ and meant to type ‘M’.  :facepalm:

 

Sorry!

Ha ha. Need to keep undercover on JKB!!

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19 minutes ago, Pasquale for King said:

No such thing as early. You used to be able to drink until 3am in a club, then go to a casino then to whatever pub opened early. The good old days, or early 2020 if you prefer. 

Casino is a good shout as well. Forgot about them 

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22 minutes ago, Pasquale for King said:

No such thing as early. You used to be able to drink until 3am in a club, then go to a casino then to whatever pub opened early. The good old days, or early 2020 if you prefer. 

Yeah, you could drink close to 24 hours in Edinburgh at one point. By the time the casinos stopped serving and you drank up it was past 4 and Penny Black open at 5am. 

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I'd say 5am. Penny Blacks, place halfway down Leith Walk and a few others. Generally (20 years ago) you'd have 2 hours to munch your kebab/burger and finish off the pre-pub bottles before you could get back out there.

Long time since I was involved in that madness.

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AlimOzturk

Mental times when we use to leave subway or cav, head onto a chippy, get a munch and wait for the Scotsman to open its doors :rofl:

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1 hour ago, Riddley Walker said:

I've drank in the Spiders Web, Penny Black, The Marksman :facepalm: plus one that was halfway up Leith Walk - from 5am - lots of times after still being up on the sweets.

That would be the Old Salt on Leith Walk. When I worked at Shrubhill bus garage I used to get sent over by the gaffer at 7.30am to drag the departments resident alcoholic out of the place. 
There used to be loads at the bottom of Leith with early opening to fuel the docks nightshift finishing. The Corn Exchange was always a good one. Tommy Youngers place (now the Harp and Castle) used to open early and I remember the all night raves at Ingliston used to come back there in the morning. Surreal standing at a bus stop first thing in the morning watching a rave continue in a pub. 

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4 minutes ago, Tazio said:

That would be the Old Salt on Leith Walk. When I worked at Shrubhill bus garage I used to get sent over by the gaffer at 7.30am to drag the departments resident alcoholic out of the place. 
There used to be loads at the bottom of Leith with early opening to fuel the docks nightshirt finishing. The Corn Exchange was always a good one. Tommy Youngers place (now the Harp and Castle) used to open early and I remember the all night raves at Ingliston used to come back there in the morning. Surreal standing at a bus stop first thing in the morning watching a rave continue in a pub. 

I worked at Shrubhill ( in the offices ) in 1982 for six months on a student placement. There were plenty alcoholics but I don’t remember The Old Salt. There was a pub across the road and up the stairs that I can’t remember the name of though. 

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3 minutes ago, davemclaren said:

I worked at Shrubhill ( in the offices ) in 1982 for six months on a student placement. There were plenty alcoholics but I don’t remember The Old Salt. There was a pub across the road and up the stairs that I can’t remember the name of though. 

Was it not next to the Boundary Bar?  (The old salt I mean).

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1 minute ago, davemclaren said:

I worked at Shrubhill ( in the offices ) in 1982 for six months on a student placement. There were plenty alcoholics but I don’t remember The Old Salt. There was a pub across the road and up the stairs that I can’t remember the name of though. 

That would be The Red Lion that had an upstairs. Bizarrely to reach it you would have walked right past the Old Salt as it was about 50 yards further down on the same side. 

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Just now, Tazio said:

That would be The Red Lion that had an upstairs. Bizarrely to reach it you would have walked right past the Old Salt as it was about 50 yards further down on the same side. 

That’s the one. There were lots of bars on Leith Walk in those days. Odd that I missed it. 🤣

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1 minute ago, GinRummy said:

Was it not next to the Boundary Bar? 

Half way between the Boundary and the Red Lion. The boundary was popular with the heavy drinkers as it let you run a tab and settle it up every Friday if they knew you. 

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2 minutes ago, GinRummy said:

Was it not next to the Boundary Bar? 

Been confirmed as the Red Lion. 👍

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1 minute ago, davemclaren said:

That’s the one. There were lots of bars on Leith Walk in those days. Odd that I missed it. 🤣

Depending when you worked there The Halfway House was also next to Shrubhill on the same side. 
Edit. Just spotted it was 82. 

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1 minute ago, Tazio said:

Half way between the Boundary and the Red Lion. The boundary was popular with the heavy drinkers as it let you run a tab and settle it up every Friday if they knew you. 

 

Just now, davemclaren said:

Been confirmed as the Red Lion. 👍

Sorry Dave, was meaning The Old Salt, edited my post. Sounds right Tazio. 

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16 minutes ago, Tazio said:

That would be the Old Salt on Leith Walk. When I worked at Shrubhill bus garage I used to get sent over by the gaffer at 7.30am to drag the departments resident alcoholic out of the place. 
There used to be loads at the bottom of Leith with early opening to fuel the docks nightshift finishing. The Corn Exchange was always a good one. Tommy Youngers place (now the Harp and Castle) used to open early and I remember the all night raves at Ingliston used to come back there in the morning. Surreal standing at a bus stop first thing in the morning watching a rave continue in a pub. 

 

The Old Salt, that's the one. Couldn't remember it for the life of me.

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10 minutes ago, Tazio said:

Depending when you worked there The Halfway House was also next to Shrubhill on the same side. 
Edit. Just spotted it was 82. 

Yes, I remember that one. 

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Samuel Camazzola

I visited the Penny Black about 15 years ago prior to an early morning train journey. I think it's the only establishment I've visited where I felt the need to wipe my feet upon leaving. 

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3 hours ago, GinRummy said:

Yeah, you could drink close to 24 hours in Edinburgh at one point. By the time the casinos stopped serving and you drank up it was past 4 and Penny Black open at 5am. 

During festival time and December you could drink 24 hours. 

Nightclubs open from 10pm - 5am.

Casino on york Place has/had a 5am licence. 

Any hotel bar

(providing you know the staff) 

Then stratties at 6am. 

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