2 Spittal Street,
(corner Bread Street),
+44 131 229 5030
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Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12:30pm-1am (until 3am during festival & Christmas periods)
This old corner boozer is as blue as the name would suggest, so easy to spot as you approach from Bread Street. Inside, both rooms are warmly traditional and unpretentious, with a look and style only attained with considerable age. Dark wood abounds from the bar to the panelled walls; and the mosaic tiles, ornate light fittings and parquet floor are all original.
A line of traditional beer engines dispense an impressive eight Scottish real ales while an antique brass water tap at the end of the bar allows you to add a splash to your dram. The spirits selection extends beyond Scotch with some an extensive range of bourbons, rums and gins. The publican here also mixes a mean Daiquiri from a small but perfectly formed cocktail menu.
Polite and smartly dressed staff deliver old-fashioned, quality service to a friendly bunch of locals and the odd tourist at prices well below that typical of George Street.