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Bar Brig
96-98 Leith Walk,
0131 281 1090
Opening hours (kitchen) Mon-Tues 5pm-10pm Wed-Thurs 5pm-9pm Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm Sun 12pm-9pm Opening times (bar) Mon-Thurs 3pm-1am Fri-Sat 12pm-1am Sun 12pm-12am

Steak it easy    - 

It may be just another manic Monday (starts humming The Bangles here). But that makes it your night for steak, an espresso martini and cellar open-mic sessions at Bar Brig on Leith Walk – complete with Monty Python wall art, exposed brickwork and vintage ads for Schweppes and Coke. 

Let’s start with that steak. The presentation in particular is intriguing: sirloin and fajitas are served on pure black, red-hot stones, which means they can carry on cooking. If you prefer your meat cremated, leave it on for longer. A medium rare fan? Take it off the sizzling stones a wee bit sooner. As assistant manager Mauro Mazzoni mentions, live cooking adds a little fun to the experience. The fajitas in particular have a build-your-own feel – you can add as much salsa, guacamole, sour cream and steak or chicken strips as you want to your tortillas. 

This being Monday, there’s an offer going for steak: two for £19.95.* Sides include garlic mushrooms (bring on the garlic) and onion rings (yum). FYI the full menu also includes burgers, salad and dessert – have a look online here. *Also available on Wednesdays.

And this being a cocktail bar, something alcoholic is recommended: Mauro mentions the espresso martini is a favourite (Illy coffee and Finlandia vodka infused with vanilla) but there are a heap to choose from, including dessert cocktails such as a candy floss daiquiri and white or dark toblerone options. We also quite like the porn-star martini … 

Which leads us, finally, to the weekly Manic Monday open-mic nights. Head downstairs to the cellar (dubbed Brig Below) and tables and chairs are set up facing the stage, a guitarist-slash-singer creating an entirely different atmosphere to the bar and restaurant above. While the restaurant itself opened in 2015 in what was an empty venue, this use of underground space is newer and "has been steadily growing over the last year,” says Mauro. Gigs run until midnight – we’ll be back to find out who’s taking the stage next. (K. Wilkins) 

Dates to remember
Mondays: open-mic nights; beer and a burger for £6
Mondays and Wednesdays: steak offer for two (£19.95)
Mondays to Wednesdays: two £5.95 cocktails for £9
Tuesdays: 50% off all food (excluding sides)
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: live music 
Sundays: live acoustic evenings

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