The Villager

Want an espresso liquor martini at midnight in Edinburgh? This is the place to go

Where? 49-50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1E1 (0131 226 2718, www.villager-e.com)

Mood? Eclectic – Parisian chic meets minimalist Orient with a dash of street cool

Who goes? Anyone and everyone with an ounce of style and a thirst for an espresso liquor martini

To eat? All dishes are under £10 and will appeal to anyone with functioning taste buds. To wet your appetite, start with the peppered smoked mackerel pate (£4.25). For the main event, we can personally vouch for the coconut beer-battered haddock (£7.95), vodka-Martini mussels steamed in Absolut and Noilly Prat (£6.25) and the oven roasted lamb skewers (£5.95). Wash it all down with the table water infused with melon, mint and cucumber. Finish with pistachio ice cream served with butterscotch sauce (£2.95).*

To drink? The drinks menu is nothing short of revolutionary, including cherry margaritas, pear & raspberry mojitos and rhubarb gingertinis (all £4.95) prepared by veteran mixologists.*

Need to know? The Villager is open for lunch from noon till 5pm and dinner from 5pm until 9pm. Getting a table for dinner is near impossible so book ahead. The bar is open till 1am everyday of the week. The sister bar, Dragonfly, is five minutes away at 52 West Port (0131 228 4543, www.dragonflycocktailbar.com) and one for the night owls.

*All prices correct as of April 2007.

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