The Voodoo Rooms

The Voodoo Rooms
19a West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 7060
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: open until 3am if busy.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 4pm–1am; Fri–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 4–10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Table back before 7pm
  • Pre-theatre price 20% off the set menu
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Voodoo Rooms

Competitively priced bistro staples within a live music-driven, eccentrically blinged-up period setting.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Raising your voice over the music might not appeal to all diners, but the energising beat of live blues and rock'n'roll from the gig next door epitomises what this artsy, gothic venue is all about. The cocktail offering follows in the same spirit. A repertoire rife with imaginative descriptions and mysterious ingredients, often dipping into that impressive back bar of over 60 rums and tequilas, there's – unsurprisingly – not a Cosmo in sight. Food takes more of a backseat. Thai hot and sour soup seems to have stumbled onto the menu by accident, while a purist might argue that, despite being satisfying, fennel and mushroom-crusted pork fillet does not belong on a bed of goat's cheese ravioli. Popping candy adds a playful element to the indulgent dark chocolate ganache, but lemon thyme set cream with peaches evokes memories of grandma’s blancmange. But whether it's for some posh pre-gig grub or an after work bevvy, you can't help but sit back in the padded leather booths and marvel at the ornate black and gold Victorian ceiling.

The List's rating






Ailidh Forlan visited The Voodoo Rooms on 24 January 2018
  • High point: An eccentric bunch of music lovers
  • Low point: BIt of a squeeze on performance nights
  • Notable dish: 10oz rump steak, smoked garlic and tarragon jus, baby asparagus with almonds and fondant potato
  • Average price: £17 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 100 seated, 200 standing
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: eclectic mix
  • Live entertainment: Live music, comedy, themed nights at least once a week, disco and house DJ from 9pm on Fri & Sat.
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 45
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17 (red); £18 (white) per bottle

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Friday 3 August

The Ballroom £7 0131 556 7060

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The Ballroom £12 0131 556 7060

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The Ballroom £12 0131 556 7060

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The Ballroom £8 0131 556 7060

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Reviews & features

The Twilight Sad

4 Dec 2009

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Cocktail kudos

17 Jul 2008

Shervene Shahbazkhani recently won the Scottish heats of the 42 Below Cocktail World Cup in Edinburgh with her innovative cocktail, ‘Bring the Beat Back’. She describes how she made it; ‘I tend to follow what my instincts tell me to make. Most cocktails…

Comments & ratings

5. king-salami8 Jan 2010, 4:14pm4 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

We popped in for Friday lunch and had the duck stir fry (very tasty) and the breakfast fry-up (which was a huge plateful, and tasty) in the bar. It wasn't very busy (it is January) but service and atmosphere were good. The food was great value. I'd recommend it and intend to return at some point for an evening visit to check it out at night.

Shame about the scaffolding - it ruins the view...

4. Rulou16 Jun 2009, 10:09pm2 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Fabulous setting, but unfortunately the distinctly mediocre food does not live up to the splendid decor.

3. Rulou16 Jun 2009, 10:07pm2 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Fabulous setting, but, unfortunately the distinctly mediocre food does not live up to the splendid decor.

2. frank_s18 May 2009, 2:08pm4 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

Had a great meal here on Friday night... it was busy but not too busy. The food was surprisingly good (especially the surf n turf), the staff helpful and the drinks excellent.

A very pleasant night - try the "Purple Rose of Tokyo" or "Choco Pops" if you like cocktails..

1. Shawn18 Feb 2009, 2:46pm5 stars The Voodoo Rooms Report

I've been to the Voodoo Rooms a few times for nights out and so was looking forward to finally eating here too. The place really lived up to my expectations, the great decor and atmosphere, good service, all be it on a quiet tuesday night, lovely cocktails and good food, my burger being cooked just right. When i was struggling to make my mind up on the choice of dessert, the friendly waitress recommended the sticky toffee pudding, which was a great tip, as it turned out to be one of the best i'd ever had.

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 5 reviews of The Voodoo Rooms.

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