Barstar Of The Day: 13 Aug. Caitlin Laird

Barstar Of The Day: 13 Aug. Caitlin Laird

Staying on Edinburgh’s southside Richard was sent around the corner to the Southern, a pub renowned for its wide selection of beers and burgers, including the chilli death. Here he met Caitlin with her tales from the outback. 

Barstar Of The Day: 14th Aug.  Simone Parker

Barstar Of The Day: 14th Aug. Simone Parker

Venturing back into the thick of it, Richard returns to the ever-popular Oz Bar. Eric from last year has moved on but Simone has worked her on and off for many years. She is one of the many academics pulling pints in the city. 

Barstar Of The Day: 12 Aug. Meghan O’Donnell

Barstar Of The Day: 12 Aug. Meghan O’Donnell

Few places are a theatre, a brewery and a distillery but Richard was sent to Summerhall to a bar whose name provides much amusement but derives from Professor William Dick (1793 - 1866) who established the veterinary school on this site... 

Barstar Of The Day: 11th Aug. Fiona Stephen

Barstar Of The Day: 11th Aug. Fiona Stephen

Cabaret Voltaire was a 2017 destination, but Richard’s been sent there again. This year he met Fiona, on quiz night, who’s love of camping stretches for the Hebrides to the Himalayas. 

Barstar of the Day: 10th Aug. Karina Graham

Barstar of the Day: 10th Aug. Karina Graham

No surprise that Richard was sent to another Stonegate pub next. Free Fringe Venue 101 is Finnegan’s Wake back in the Old Town. Barely old enough to get served in a pub, Karina works behind the bar when she’s not riding a horse. 

Barstar Of The Day: 9th Aug. Elliot Notman

Barstar Of The Day: 9th Aug. Elliot Notman

On his first foray into the New Town this year, Richard visits Free Fringe Venue 259 otherwise known as the Hanover Tap. There he met hotman Notman, Elliot the engineer. 

Barstar Of The Day: 6th Aug. Paulina Slapa

Barstar Of The Day: 6th Aug. Paulina Slapa

Richard had to resist the temptation to stay out till the 0500 closing time when he was sent to this hugely popular live music venue. For Paulina it’s become a way of life along with having to put up with the whistlebinkies. 

Barstar Of The Day: 7th Aug. Rhys Kay-Fortescue

Barstar Of The Day: 7th Aug. Rhys Kay-Fortescue

Finding himself among late night live music lovers again, Richard encountered another Scottish word and Rhys who went to the other side of the world and back again. 

Barstar Of The Day: 5th Aug. Lachlan Plozza

Barstar Of The Day: 5th Aug. Lachlan Plozza

Next door to where he started two days ago, Richard meets Lachlan in a very long and narrow pub whose beautiful windows are inscribed with the claim that Mary Queen of Scots and John Knox drank here, probably... 

Barstar Of The Day: 4th Aug. Keren Arlow

Barstar Of The Day: 4th Aug. Keren Arlow

Richard goes to the heart of the city where he found Keren in the newly refurbished George IV. It’s changed beyond recognition since last year and it’s an advantage to be tall if you want to stand at the bar. 

Barstar Of The Day: 3rd Aug. Lisa Robbins

Barstar Of The Day: 3rd Aug. Lisa Robbins

Richard’s back on the trail in our tribute to the unsung heroes who keep us refreshed during the Festival Fringe. Each venue is recommended by the previous Barstar. We’re starting the season at The Mitre, where Lisa might have to deal with the spirit of Bishop John Spottiswood who once owned the site. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

The final day! Richard's alcohol-fueled quest to find Edinburgh's best bar staff ends up at WestRoom, where he found Sam Leishman, a 20 year old Guinness drinker with a passion for mixology. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Richard didn't stumble far from yesterday's bar, Foundry 39, as just a few yards up Charlotte Lane he fell into Sygn, a trendy retro-style cocktail bar & diner where Edinburgh Barstar of the Day, Gavin Robertson, who after crossing the globe revealed he now wants to settle down. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Tucked on the corner of Queensferry Street and Charlotte Lane you'll find the ultra-hip bar and eatery, Foundry 39. It's also where Richard discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar; Scottish lass, Sarah Brown – who would say no to a Jägerbomb. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Warm and welcoming, and always entertaining, 99 Hanover Street is at the heart of Edinburgh's bar scene. Richard popped along for a fruity cocktail and to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Nathan Hinze - and if you ask him nicely he might even mix you a Del Famoso. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

In the heart of the Old Town, Cabaret Voltaire is a legendary live music venue in the vaults beneath North Bridge. Richard went exploring and found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Dale Welstead, a child star of kayaking who turned his sporting talents to swimming... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

The Three Sisters – renamed the Free Sisters during the Fringe – has long been a festival hub and a jewel in the crown of the Free Festival. Richard popped along to the busy pub on Cowgate to chat to today's Edinburgh Barstar, Lainey Corroon, and discovered this Irish gal is fond of glitter and a drop of spiced rum with her Coke. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Just around the corner from the iconic Greyfriar's Bobby you'll find the Oz Bar, and that's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Erik Stenersen. Born in Luxembourg to Danish parents, his favourite drink is Chocolate Milk... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh is Festival City for good reason, and amongst all the theatre, comedy, books and arts there's even a Scottish Gin Festival. Richard popped over to Gin 71 which plays host to this event (and keeps 150 Scottish Gins in stock) to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Danny Smith who's planning a career in advertising photography... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Formerly a parsonage, Cloisters Bar is a uniquely traditional Edinburgh pub. Richard ventured over to the north west tip of the Meadows to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Denise Garland, a New Zealander who's travelling the world. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Just off the Royal Mile and Cowgate you'll find a craft beer shop and bar called the Salt Horse. You'll also find Maurice Penny, who just happens to be our Edinburgh Barstar of the Day. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

The Heads & Tales bar is the home of Edinburgh Gin, and it's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Tomas Germanavicius, a Lithuanian who's a dab hand at mixing up a cocktail. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Richard's headed over to Leith to the eclectic bar that is The Mousetrap where he finds today's Edinburgh Barstar, Jay Weeks. Born in England, raised in Spain and educated in Scotland - he gets about! 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Richard is exploring Edinburgh's East End today to discover the Barstar of the Day at The Newsroom, where Glaswegian Molly McCluskey is making plans on photography while sipping a Scottish spiced rum. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Richard's headed south to Clerk Street where at the unique Dog House bar he's discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar, Montse Pearce, a Spanish-born artist with good taste in whisky.