Traditionally, the post-festive period is a time to batten down the hatches and hold your breath until the next pay cheque arrives.
Happily, the 5pm Sale is one way to beat the post-Christmas blues.
With the 5pm Sale you can enjoy one, two or three course meals – sometimes with a drink – in Glasgow and Edinburgh’s top restaurants for just £12.
5pm Sale: tuck into a burger
Here are seven Edinburgh restaurants that will brighten up your dining dates over the next few weeks. You can browse all the sale offers here.
We’ve picked out seven restaurants which include a burger in their £12 Sale but their offers include plenty of other options.
We’ve just got a hankering for a burger.
These offers were all valid for Thursday 11th January but they change all the time. Browse £12 Sale offers for whatever date you’re looking for, find the restaurant that suits you best and book in. It’s as easy as that!
Burger + Pint of Apache or Large Wine at LebowskisYou don’t need to be a fan of the Coen brothers’ film to enjoy a visit to this Dude-approved Morrison Street bar. However, fans of The Big Lebowski will appreciate the wide range of White Russian cocktails while film lovers will know how handy Lebowskis is for several Edinburgh cinemas and theatres. Other classic cocktails, DJs, acoustic music and quizzes are among the other non-food related attractions.
The 5pm Sale offer is for a Lebowski burger or a veggie wedgie burger plus a pint of Apache Lager or a large glass of wine. Book here.
Burger or Hot Dog with Fries & Cocktail at Whistle Stop Barber ShopDon’t look for a haircut at the Whistle Stop Barber Shop on South Bridge, but kick-ass cocktails, classic American cuisine and playful banter are all on offer at this inviting bar and diner. Cinematic American touches distinguish the playful décor, with its scissor motifs, barber’s chairs and comfortable retro-style booths and banquettes. It’s the ideal spot for a little daytime laptop surfing or a relaxed post-work cocktail and meal. They even let you bring your hound.
Their 5pm Sales offer is £12 per person for a burger or hotdog, fries + a cocktail.
Burger + Pint of Tennent’s at VillagerPopular with Edinburgh’s young professionals, Villager is a lovably eccentric cocktail bar and restaurant on George IV Bridge. Great for people watching, it has two rooms decked out with a quirky mix of chandeliers, gilt-edged mirrors and hip hop/graffiti-inspired wall markings. DJs keep the bar buzzing at the weekends.
Booking via the 5pm Sale, £12 will buy you a pint of Tennent’s plus a 6oz Edin Burger or a Linda McCartney patty. Both are served on a toasted pretzel bun, garnished with lettuce, tomato, red onion and a dill pickle with delicious creamy slaw on the side.
2 Buffalo Burgers + Drinks at The Green MantlePopular with students and other local residents, the Green Mantle on West Crosscauseway is a quirky, modern bar housed in a traditional Edinburgh pub setting. Live music, sports and a very popular quiz night keep the Mantle buzzing. Located in the heart of the Southside, it is a much loved and evolving veteran of the local pub scene.
‘Good quality, local ingredients, simply prepared’ is the ethos in the kitchens at the Green Mantle. Pride of place goes to the range of burgers featuring buffalo from Fife’s Puddledub Farm.
Green Mantle charges £12 per couple for 2 buffalo burgers on the 5pm Sale. Includes a craft beer or your choice of a classic or flavoured daiquiri. Guests must buy an additional two drinks to use this offer.
2 Courses from Pre-Theatre Menu + Wine at Bar Soba EdinburghBar Soba Edinburgh is a stylish, modern noodle bar offering a variety of pan-Asian street food set on Hanover Street in Edinburgh’s city centre. Wheelchair accessible, the restaurant in the basement is a relaxed and informal dining space with cosy tables perfect for sharing a well as quieter tables for smaller groups. The bar upstairs is a more upbeat and vibrant space with different options for groups and couples.
The chefs at Bar Soba Edinburgh use fresh ingredients and cook all items on the menus from scratch to ensure authenticity. Offering wok dishes, sushi, curries, as well as burgers and wraps, the restaurant aims to have something to suit everyone.
The Bar Soba 5pm Sales offer is £12 per person for two courses on the pre-theatre menu. Includes a small glass of house wine.
We’re looking at the veggie gyoza dumplings followed by the crispy fried chicken in buttermilk with katsu sauce and cucumber in a brioche bun with Thai fries and curry sauce.
2 Courses on Set Dinner Menu at Verve GrillVerve Bar and Grill is the stylish restaurant at Village Urban Resort Edinburgh. Located on Crewe Road South, it is a premium casual restaurant which features a smart contemporary decor. Think stripped brick walls, leather seats, a zinc bar and an open grill.
Verve Bar and Grill is part of the Village Urban Resort Edinburgh on Crewe Road South. Edinburgh city centre, Edinburgh Zoo and Murrayfield Rugby Stadium are all a short drive.
Verve Grill’s 5pm Sale offer is £12 per person for two courses from the set dinner menu. Dishes change regularly but typical starters might be the sticky ribs with a bourbon BBQ glaze or the roasted sweet potato bisque which is served with chilli yoghurt.
Popular main courses include the chicken Kiev; the chickpea, spinach and sweet potato curry or the house burger – a 7oz prime hamburger topped with cheddar and bacon.
3 Courses from Daily Set Menu + Tea or Coffee at Smoke StackA popular fixture on Edinburgh’s Broughton Street since the 1990s, Smoke Stack is a laidback steak house and bar. Stone walls, tiles, chunky wooden furniture and bare light bulbs give it a stripped back feel but the atmosphere is as warm and welcoming as you could wish for.
Book into Smoke Stack with the 5pm Sale for £12 per person and each guest can enjoy a starter, main course and dessert.
We would start with the meatballs; move onto the pulled pork bap with Cajun chips and finish off with the cheesecake.
And then we would go and lie down in a quiet, dark room for a couple of hours.