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March 11, 2020

We will start with the news that Moskito bar is re-opening on Bath Street.

The popular basement bar shut a couple of years back but is now firing back into life with the promise of 'epic drinks, music and fusion small plates'.

Look out for an April launch.

Staying in the West, Glasgow Live has alerted us to the fact that Coatbridge will soon have a new cocktail and gin bar.

Pick your poison

Envy Cocktail and Gin Bar is replacing Merlins on Main Street.

Apparently, it will draw inspiration from the seven deadly sins. Gluttony was always my favourite with sloth a close second.

Meanwhile, in Ayr, Cameron's Bar has become No 8 Bar and Grill. Aiming to be the premier pre-club venue in the town, there are lots of drinks promos and DJs at the weekend.

The food offer runs from full Scottish breakfasts to dishes such as Cajun chicken pasta. Creative types may prefer to flex their artistic talents by building their own burger.

Sauntering over to Bothwell, we note that Cut Fish will soon join Cut Steak House.

Pencilled in to open on Silverwells Crescent on the 26th of March, the new venture will offer dishes such as fish pie, seafood linguine and, of course, breaded haddock with mushy peas, bread and butter plus a pot of tea.

I suspect the blog will return to Cut Fish nearer opening day. The main pic is taken from Cut Fish's Facebook.

The Fat Pheasant

We are going to play catch-up now and head east to The Fat Pheasant in Newton on the outskirts of South Queensferry/Broxburn.

Billed as a 'traditional country pub serving healthy, heart-warming food', it opened towards the end of last year.

Head Chef Andrew Thomas Hughes has previously rattled the pans at Cromlix and Gordon Ramsay's Maze.

The menu is here but keep your eyes off the Highland wild boar cassoulet because I'm having that.

Rainbow trout cooked in a charcoal oven from The Fat Pheasant.

Rainbow trout cooked in a charcoal oven from The Fat Pheasant. Pic: Facebook

Last but not least, please say hello to My Friend, The Murderer.

Named after an Arthur Conan Doyle story, it is a new, cashless (!) bar on Newington Road in Edinburgh.

Coffee, pastries and sourdough pizza are among the attractions.

The main selling point will be the wide beer selection.

When they opened last week, they had 17 lines of draught beer including Basqueland Pancake Social, Schneider Helles Weis and Cantillon Fou Foune.

The blog is not familiar with any of them but we're guessing it means that they are very serious about their beer.

At present, we can't find any working digital presence apart from their Twitter: @MyFriendsBar