Open 7 days a week!

Join us for lunch, coffee, a G&T or a pint in our new open plan café-bar.

An impressively designed open plan café-bar, The Gallery Bar is inspired by Summerhall’s reputation as one of Edinburgh’s leading visual arts destinations. Located in the old Library of The Royal Dick Vet School, it serves a diverse selection of hand-crafted drinks including Pickering’s Gin and Barney’s Beer, both produced on-site, alongside a menu of light seasonal food.

Proudly located in Summerhall and overlooking the Meadows, the bar is light, warm and welcoming, whether meeting friends for lunch, popping in for a coffee, or as a relaxed evening destination.


  • Open Every Day: 10am – 10pm




  • We strongly recommend booking tables in advance
  • Reservations last for 2 hours maximum
  • Reservations will be held until 15 minutes after the scheduled start time
  • Maximum booking size: 4 people
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • View our food and bar menu


Please Note:

Edinburgh is currently subject to Level 2 Covid-19 protection restrictions. This means that (dependent on venue capacities) you can meet socially in groups of up to 6 people from 3 households indoors, and 8 people from 8 households outdoors. At Summerhall, bookings are limited to a maximum of 4 people indoors and 6 people outdoors. This is due to the capacity of our tables. Thank you for your understanding.


Booking a Table

Please read the information below carefully before booking.

In accordance with Scottish government guidelines, all tables must be booked in advance. Reservations will last for two hours and will be held for 15 minutes after your scheduled arrival time.

To ensure there is plenty of time for us to clear and sanitise tables, we may ask customers to leave 5-10 minutes before the end of their booking.

We have small tables available for two people, and larger tables for up to four people. For the safety of our staff and customers, we are asking you to abide by the Scottish government’s extended household group policy at all times.

If you have special access requirements or have any questions not answered above, please email

Food & Bar Menu

The Gallery Bar boasts a broad selection of breakfasts, lunches, and evening dishes, all made to order using fresh seasonal ingredients.

We offer a range of hot and cold drinks, and a full alcoholic bar menu of draught beers, bottles and cocktails, including Pickering’s Gin and Barney’s Beer, both produced on site.

Browse our full menu below.

Health & Safety

Just like in 2020, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the courtyard is as safe as possible for our customers and staff.

Professional cleaning company Daybreak regularly deep clean the entirety of Summerhall, using a sanitising solution that is 99.99% effective against harmful viruses and hospital-grade testing to declare Summerhall as Covid-19 Hygiene Certified.

The following measures are in place to ensure the safety of our staff and customers at all times:

  • Physical distancing between all seating areas and queuing positions
  • Constant cleaning cycles by dedicated staff members during opening hours, including toilet facilities
  • Face masks, gloves, and other PPE worn by staff at all times
  • Hand sanitiser stations provided
  • Card payments only
  • One-way routes across the site, including toilets, entrance, and exits
  • A Covid-19-specific risk assessment, available to view here.