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The Melville Bar in Edinburgh’s West End has been closed for several months, conspicuous by its silence alongside two other thriving pubs, Bert’s Bar and Teuchters. Located on William Street, a pretty backroad sandwiched between Melville Street and Shandwick Place, the Melville’s pleasant exterior hides an empty pub that had always garnered mixed reviews. Now, however, there’s some suggestion that it might be set to reopen in 2013.
If true, this is certain to be good news for former regulars and other pub-going locals. But it’s going to have some stiff competition – again. Bert’s Bar and Teuchters are both known for their pleasant atmosphere, good beer selection and decent pub grub. They cater to different, well established markets – Teuchtars slightly more trendy, Bert’s more traditional, with a 1930s vibe.
A reopened Melville Bar, which was previously popular with fans of Heart of Midlothian F.C., must find its niche. Perhaps it will capitalise on the fact that Bert’s Bar was also recently renovated – although generally for the better, but in the process losing its (relatively unique) snug and being plastered with flat screen TVs. Either way, we’ll keep you updated on its progress.
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