The Register Club: Edinburgh's Grandest Bar?
Jo Morris gets the tour of newly-opened The Register Club
Grand: the name kind of gives it away. You don’t refurbish one of the most iconic buildings in St Andrew Square, give it a name like The Edinburgh Grand and then make it vanilla, greige and average. So Grand is what you get. In scale, vision and ambition.
Most exciting for those of us who call Edinburgh home is the arrival of The Register Club, the new bar on the fourth floor. Think cocktail bar buzz with the vibe of a private club and the interiors of an upscale establishment. The clientele is well-heeled and the service and skills are provided in huge dollops by the team from Bon Vivant and Devil’s Advocate.
Think cocktail bar buzz with the vibe of a private club
Entering the high ceilinged, wood panelled bar, it’s luxurious, it’s beautiful and... it’s weirdly devoid of beeps and alerts that are the norm these days. That’s because mobile phones are parked at the door. As I sip my French martini, it feels like I’ve stepped back into some glamorous ‘20s speakeasy whilst also seeing the future. Could that be because of the games room next to the main bar? It can be hired out for meetings but forget changing the layout into a conference room. This is a space for competitive ping pong, not projectors and power points.
You need to pre-book at The Register Club instead of deciding on a whim to turn up. This means the bar is never overflowing and everyone has the best experience. It also speaks of the confidence the owners and GM have in this project. Their confidence is well placed. This is a grand place with grand aspirations, and I have no doubt that this bar will be THE place to be seen this summer. See you there.
The Register Club, 42 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD, Tel: 0131 230 0570. Reservations are essential.