Pop up venue Checkpoint Charlie revives the spirit of the Forest Cafe
The vacant space on Bristo place is to host gigs, cabaret performances and more
This article is from 2012.
Many miss the unpretentious vibes of the Forest Café, Edinburgh’s foremost independent arts and social hangout. Unfortunately the charity that owned the building (Edinburgh University Settlement) went bust in 2010 leading to its eventual closure and a gaping hole in Edinburgh’s cultural landscape. Now restaurateur Malcolm Innes is taking over, hoping to resurrect the venue with the Bristo Place premises opening its doors as pop up venue Checkpoint Charlie for the duration of the Festival.
Housed in an old Methodist Church the building is full of character. ‘Rather than sanitising and gentrifying this traditional edifice, they have elected to preserve and maintain its majestic decay,’ explains promoter Innes Reekie.
Checkpoint Charlie, until 27 Aug, 7pm-5am, free.