Harry and Sofi’s are the perfect match proving that both have something to bring to this relationship.
Harry’s is a bar located in Edinburgh’s West End and Sofi’s is a bar in Leith, part of the award-winning Boda Bar Group, who own other renowned drinking destinations such as Hemma, Boda, Joseph Pearce and Akva. So when they took over Harry’s just before Christmas 2018 you knew that you would be guaranteed a good time.
Harry’s Bar has been around since the late 80’s and has always delivered as a place for a great night out with a dancefloor that’s seen many revellers get their ‘groove on’, they also have a 3am late licence.
Harry’s Bar also go that little bit further than most bars and their whole ethos is about giving back. The profits from Harry’s Bar are reinvested into the hospitality trade, into training and helping individuals that need it the most. Harry’s is part of BeerForGood CIC, the UK’s first Social Enterprise Bar Group.
We popped along just before Christmas and the place was bustling. We were seated at one of two tables to the side of the dance floor. The vibe in here is fantastic. It’s certainly not the place if you are looking for somewhere to go for a quiet drink or two, it’s more about being jolly, having a cocktail or two, laughing and just having a bit of fun.
The menu is small but filled with a nice range of bar snacks and larger bites. You can order small plates to nibble on like Chilli and Garlic King Prawns or Popcorn Chicken or perhaps Courgette Tempura; and for those that are hungrier or want to be kind to your body before you tuck into some serious cocktails, there are Burgers and Fish n Chips on the menu.
Straight up we ordered the Haggis Bon Bons with Whisky Sauce and the Smoked Chorizo Mac and Cheese with garlic bread.
The Haggis Bon Bons were a decent size of hot peppery haggis coated in a crispy hot batter. The whisky sauce was good, and coated the bon bons easily without being too gloopy or thin. You couldn’t really taste the whisky but it was nice.
The Mac n Cheese arrived with a side of two slices of garlic bread.
I can never have enough cheese, so I will always say that it could have done with more. The chorizo was diced into small cubes and added a smoked paprika sweet saltiness to the dish.
Main course only have two options really – burgers (beef, chicken or veggie) and fish. We both choose the burgers, one the beef and the other the chicken.
The chicken burger was served with two large battered fillets of chicken served in a similar way to the beef burger but with mayonnaise on the bottom.
The beef burger was a large patty; juicy and succulent and well seasoned, served on a soft brioche bun with fresh rocket lettuce and a thick sliced of tomato – everything a good decent burger should be.
Thin chips came in a wee plant pot, perfectly seasoned, crispy and more-ish.
Now onto the cocktails.
The Festive Highball with a good glug of Jim Bean Bourbon.
The Spiced with Passion Mojito – Bacardi Oakheart, Bacardi Carta Blanca, Sailor Jerry, Lime,
Passionfruit and Mint.
This cocktail is great if you like it strong.
The Espresso Martini – Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Tia Maria and Espresso.
For me this is perfection but then I do love an Espresso Martini.
The Rhubarb and Elderflower Bramble – Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur, St. Germain, Crème de Mure and Lemon.
A really delicious refreshing cocktail. One of those that tastes like juice until you try stand up! (hehe)
You can’t but love Harry’s Bar. It’s a fun, friendly, happy place where when you leave you’ll have sore feet from dancing, aching cheeks from the laughter, a full belly and a whole lot of jolly from consuming their cocktails.
Harry’s Bar, 7B Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE. Tel: 0131 539 8100 www.harrysedinburgh.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Silver 8/10