Open 7 days a week!

Join us for lunch, coffee, a G&T or a pint in our open plan indoor 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.

  • Monday: 10am – 10pm
  • Tues – Sun: 10am – 6pm



  • Advance bookings and walk-in spaces available
  • Maximum single table size: 4 people
  • Table service only
  • Children welcome
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • View our food and bar menu


Please Note:

Our tables can seat up to 4 people. If your group requires multiple tables we will do our best to ensure that you are seated on adjacent tables, however we cannot guarantee that this will always be possible.

To keep our staff and customers safe, our tables are all distanced and masks are required at all times when not seated.


Booking a Table

Please read the information below carefully before booking.

Reservations are not required to visit the Gallery Bar. If you would prefer to book in advance, please click here.

We have small tables available for two people, and larger tables for up to four people. If your group requires multiple tables we will do our best to ensure that you are seated on adjacent tables.

For the safety of our staff and customers, we are asking you to abide by current Scottish government restrictions and guidance 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.

Pub Quiz

The Gallery Bar hosts a pub quiz every Monday at 7:30pm, courtesy of Goose’s Quizzes.

The quiz is free to enter, with prizes to be won, and usually lasts around 2 hours. Advance booking not required.

BSL Interpreted Quiz: Thanks to Heriot Watt fourth year interpreting students, our pub quiz will be BSL interpreted on the first Monday of every month!

Health & Safety

We’re constantly working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the Gallery Bar 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
  • Mandatory mask-wearing at all times for customers when not seated (unless exempt)
  • 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 wherever possible
  • A Covid-19-specific risk assessment, available to view here.