Edinburgh Pubby McPubface
posted October 15, 2016 11:46 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Mon March 13 at 7:00 PM, Guildford Arms
1 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2, UK (Map & Directions)
I has been in the Edinburgh for nearly a year, and I would much like to meet muh fellow Mefites. There is much to discuss about the joys and travails of life in North Britain, yet nothing that wouldn't be improved by beer and bonhomie. Here's the plan.
Having recently discovered the Guildford Arms just north of the Balmoral/Waverley Station, I think it should do perfectly. Monday 13th it is, 7pm, and I'll be carrying a Sinclair ZX Spectrum shoulder bag. Secret code words are - You are Devonian, and what are you having?".

Apologies for late confirmation of this. Hope y'all can still make it.
posted by Devonian to Meetup (39 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

I'm due time off in March. Never been up to Scotland, but would love to visit. Thanks for the long lead-in time, I'll definitely try to plan ahead so I can make it if at all possible.
posted by comealongpole at 12:24 PM on October 15, 2016

I'm in! Only been in Edinburgh a little over a year myself, so my knowledge of decent pubs is sadly lacking - happy to go with wherever's good.
posted by Catseye at 1:20 PM on October 15, 2016

Me too! I'm a local and have been thinking about organising a meetup for a while now. February is probably better than March for me as far as weekends go. And Tollcross is pretty handy for me too.
posted by neilb449 at 12:27 AM on October 16, 2016

I'm local, having been here since '01. My pub knowledge is hopelessly out of date and Leith-based but Tollcross sounds good. Impossible to plan that far ahead but will make it if I can.
posted by epo at 12:32 AM on October 16, 2016

I'm in. I'm moving to Edinburgh in December, so this is well timed.

(From some poking around on Google it seems Edinburgh has at least one juggling& kite shop, two boardgame caf├ęs, a good hackspace and, apparently, mefites. I'm feeling increasingly good about this move.)
posted by metaBugs at 1:45 AM on October 16, 2016

I'm in, though I've given up the beer I will definitely come and meet you all with a lime and soda and a burger!
posted by Happy Dave at 2:44 AM on October 16, 2016

I've only recently moved to Scotland and would be keen too! I'm in Glasgow though, so any pub within reasonable distance of the station would be good.
posted by theseldomseenkid at 4:52 AM on October 16, 2016

I'm in Glasgow, so something near either Haymarket or Waverley would be good. I am already booked to work a couple of Saturdays in both February and March, so I'm a tentative hell yes.
posted by kariebookish at 5:07 AM on October 16, 2016

Just a straightforward train ride up from York for me, so I could probably make this! The lead time helps.
posted by iamkimiam at 8:19 AM on October 16, 2016

OK - I think we're quorate. There's a pub/restaurant very close to the station called the Doric, where I've eaten a few times but never haunted the pub part, so I may poke my nose in.

Is any particular day of the week good or bad for people? I prefer early week nights, because pubs are less packed, but school nights can be hard work for larks and topers.
posted by Devonian at 8:24 AM on October 16, 2016

Any day is equally good for me. End of March, eh? Isn't something happening round about then?
posted by epo at 10:14 AM on October 16, 2016

With a following wind and cooperative children, I'm in.
posted by hfnuala at 2:16 PM on October 16, 2016

Absolutely Devonian! - its a great idea and count me in. Would be happy to make the trip in from the wilds of South Queensferry.
posted by rongorongo at 10:41 PM on October 16, 2016

I'm in too - I live in the West End, and have done so for a few years. My pub knowledge in that part of town is pretty good (though I'm strictly a whisky drinker). I love Cloisters, and they are planning on putting that incredible chili that won Lupe's cook off this year on the menu, but 'tis a touch far (in Embra terms) from the stations. If people don't mind a bit of a walk, I'm a member of the Scottish Malt Whisky society, so could see about space in the members bar on Queen's St.
posted by sarcas at 1:30 AM on October 17, 2016

I'm just outside Glasgow but often in Edinburgh for work so I might be up for this too.
posted by Chairboy at 3:01 AM on October 17, 2016

I can do most dates in March (my 40th is in February so may not be free first couple of weekends in Feb). I'd be travelling from Glasgow but not hung up on it being too close to a station-especially if the stroll gets me close to excellent chili referenced above.
posted by Gratishades at 4:17 AM on October 17, 2016

Cloisters is around twenty minutes walk from Waverley with a nice chunk of hill in the middle, so it's a bit of a schlep - also, thinking about it, it is quite small. Which is nice, but I count around sixteen possibles on the thread. Lots of whisky, though, for those who do.

Anyway, venue can be sorted out later. Let's diarise - I'm going to stick a pin in Tuesday March 13. For absolutely no reason except ya gotta start somewhere...
posted by Devonian at 3:29 AM on October 19, 2016

I'm going to stick a pin in Tuesday March 13

Literally any date after Christmas is equally fine for me, so count me as a "yes" vote to whatever gets suggested.
posted by metaBugs at 11:16 AM on October 20, 2016

I'm definitely interested in this. I work in the centre so an early weekday evening would be practical. Fridays are not so good though. Tuesday 13th of March is probably fine.
posted by trif at 3:51 AM on October 27, 2016

Sounds good. If I am on this tiny rock of Albion at the appointed date, I'll probably do this.
posted by Wordshore at 5:44 AM on October 27, 2016

Hanging Bat, Hanging Bat, Hanging Bat!

Can't make it, but LOVED that beer (and gin!) bar when I was there a few years back. I think it would make an excellent meetup spot.
posted by terrapin at 8:33 AM on October 27, 2016

If I can hijack the thread briefly - I'm going to be in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 3rd November. I don't know anyone in the city so if anyone wants to meet up for a drink or some food that would be great - Memail me.
posted by crocomancer at 4:39 AM on October 28, 2016

Folks, I'm in. Doric is good, as is the Guildford arms - handy for Waverley.
posted by sedimentary_deer at 3:44 AM on November 13, 2016

I cannot make it, alas. Have a pint for me.
posted by kariebookish at 2:58 PM on March 10, 2017

Balls, I can also no longer make it. Have a good one.
posted by Happy Dave at 3:58 PM on March 10, 2017

Just out of interest. if you click on the IRL link on the main menu and do the 'search for events near me' for Edinburgh, does this show up? Doesn't for me.
posted by Devonian at 4:14 PM on March 10, 2017

Hello All - see you there. Guildford is cracking :)
posted by sedimentary_deer at 2:51 AM on March 11, 2017

Not going to be able to make this, but fwiw whenever I've worn a Speccy bag to a meetup its gone well. Thumbs up, have a good one all!

Searching as described doesn't work for me either Devonian.
posted by comealongpole at 5:49 AM on March 11, 2017

I'm in! See you there.
posted by rongorongo at 1:06 AM on March 12, 2017

I'm probably coming along. Devonian or whoever gets there first, let us know where you're sitting!
posted by Catseye at 3:56 AM on March 13, 2017

Looks like there'll be a lot to talk about!
posted by Devonian at 6:12 AM on March 13, 2017 [2 favorites]

Sorry - I'm not going to be able to make it anymore either now which is annoying. Have fun though!
posted by neilb449 at 10:40 AM on March 13, 2017

Dammit, only just saw this and I'm still working. Might be along later.
posted by cstross at 11:41 AM on March 13, 2017

Damn, after the insanity that was the yarn festival I can't manage another social thing. I think that was more people than I usually talk to in a year.

Next one, though.
posted by hfnuala at 11:57 AM on March 13, 2017

Ok - at the back of the pub to the right of the bar as you come in, hiding behind a pillar.
posted by Devonian at 11:58 AM on March 13, 2017

D'oh! I forgot to put this in my calendar and instead was at another meetup across town :-/. Next time. Mad props for organising the event regardless Devonian!
posted by sarcas at 2:26 PM on March 13, 2017

Thanks to everyone who turned up - a darn fine conversation that ranged across space, time and the joys of living in Scotland. The venue worked well, too; central, convivial and idiosyncratic.

I am minded to call another Edinburgh meet-up in May, both to see if we can get some momentum going and because it's my birthday month. Same place?
posted by Devonian at 6:35 PM on March 13, 2017 [3 favorites]

Sorry I missed it and I would love to have a second chance in May. I'd also be happy to help out with any organising required!
posted by neilb449 at 6:10 AM on March 14, 2017

Ditto, sorry to have missed this - workload intervened. Maybe in May?
posted by Chairboy at 6:15 PM on March 15, 2017

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