Located just across from Tesco, The Lioness of Leith is a pretty happening spot tucked away on the otherwise drab Duke Street and it is definitely worth seeking out.
The decor tips its hat to quite a few hipster decor clichés, – mismatched tables and chairs, a pinball table for an actual table (great place to sit and people watch out to Duke street), retro arcade games, ghetto blasters and neon signs, for example – but it’s all done with a great sense of humour and irony. The cool decor continues with stuffed animal heads wearing tiaras, an amazing wall mural, lots of retro knick-knacks and 80s memorabilia. I particularly like the way that they have patched up holes and imperfections on the floor with bits of copper sheeting that are sure to get even better with age.
There’s a solid spirit selection, an interesting cocktail list and all their wines are available by the glass. Beerwise they have their own Lioness lager on draft along with Black Isle Organic, Paolozzi and William’s Brothers’s Joker. They’ve also got a couple of hand pumps that tend to feature Edinburgh brewers such as Barney’s and Pilot. There’s also a healthy selection of canned and bottled craft beers too.
Foodwise they recently re-launched their menu with a heavy focus on burgers and this has definitely been a success. I went for the ‘Ol’ Skool’ cheeseburger, which was very impressive with a really flavoursome and juicy patty. There are plenty of chicken and non-meat options available.
It’s family and dog friendly too
Address: 21-25 Duke Street, EH6 8HH
Phone: +44 131 629 0580