Our exciting sister business in the Scottish Capital is now open.
We're pouring up to seventeen beers & ciders including Dawkins cask & keg alongside a wide array of local and not-so-local microbrewery beers, very much in the tradition of the established Dawkins pubs. Kitchen will open in a few weeks.
This most beautiful city has long felt like a second home for our founder, Glen Dawkins so when the rare-as-hen’s teeth opportunity arose it just had to be!
There are very few private free-of-tie leasehold pubs in the town, but when he saw ‘The Flying Dog Bistro’ was on the market he jumped at the chance, especially as there was a risk of it being turned into apartments. Extensively refurbished (or, possibly de-furbished as Glen did the work himself!) into a cask, craft and street food bar with seven handpulls, ten keg taps and a wide range of spirits (especially whisky of course) and wines.
Beers are cask-conditioned and keg from Dawkins including collaboration brews especially for this bar and guest beers from the burgeoning number of local microbrewers.
The first beers were keg Ambroandcask/keg#6 IPA.Interestingly, the bar has a very large cellar; big enough for a nano-brewery….well, that’s something to think about in the future.
As with the Dawkins pubs, the design is individual but the back-bar fitting is in familiar style to the keen eyed Dawkins regulars! The friendly, relaxed atmosphere will be the same too; whether you are hipster or more hip-replacement!
Steel Coulson: forgotten? But Elephants Never Forget
The name is a revival of an old Edinburgh and Glasgow brewery company that lasted nearly a century till takeover and closure by Vaux of Sunderland. The last pints of its famous ‘Elephant Brand’ beers were brewed in 1960 and the venerable trademark soon fell into obscurity.
For Glen, it was a compelling brand to use; the ‘Croft-an-Righ’ brewery was up the road from the new bar in Abbeyhill. The Steel in the name appealed with Glen’s Sheffield roots too! (And the true Sheffielder will note the address has saucy associations…)