You can bank on the Standing Order

Granted, The Standing Order won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but this JD Wetherspoon-owned bar is an ideal venue for larger groups, and a decent starting point for stags and hens before going on a Rose Street bar crawl. The neo-classical building which houses the George Street super-pub was formerly the premises of the Union Bank of Scotland (rumour has it, it is still home to a 30-tonne safe, which was simply too big to move when the bank closed its doors), and is Grade A listed.

The Standing Order bar is an ideal venue for larger groups
The Standing Order bar is an ideal venue for larger groups

“The variety is fairly

good, and some

dishes even come

with a free drink”

The impressive building was designed between 1874-1878 by esteemed local architect David Bryce – who also designed the stunning Fettes College – and was completed by his nephew John.  The main area is massive (The Standing Order is, after all, Edinburgh’s biggest pub) with the bar itself occupying one whole side, but there also a number of other rooms of various shapes and sizes which lead off it. The Standing Order is open seven days a week until 1am, and screens all the big sporting events on its large-screen TVs. Food-wise, it’s what you’d expect from a Wetherspoon venue – that means halfway decent, no-frills meals at prices you won’t find anywhere else in the city centre, and especially on upmarket George Street itself. The variety is fairly good, and some dishes even come with a free drink. Speaking of beverages, there’s a large selection of lagers and beers to choose from, with labels from around the world, as well as some choice local brews. Also catered for are those who prefer a pint of real ale, with many brands available. The selection of wines, whiskies and spirits is decent, and, like all venues in this pub chain, they always have good deals and limited offers on food and drink. In a nutshell, The Standing Order is not a place for a classy night out or a first date – but if it’s a cheap pint you are after, then your money will last a lot longer here than it will anywhere else in the vicinity.
The Standing Order, George Street, 0131-225 4460

words: Marius McKee