The Dome

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An incredible place to eat and drink in Edinburgh. Steeped in history you will not be disappointed.

Inside the building, the first big space is a top lit square hall with superimposed Ionic columns - fluted above, smooth scagliola below.  From its aisles twin staircases with gilded anthemion balusters ascend to the first floor offices.  Beyond, in the magnificent telling hall, a Greek cross with arched ceilings and coffered central dome.  This basic plan has already been used in Edinburgh, but Rhind greatly elaborated it with columned screens at the entry to each arm of the cross, a Fortuna Virilis frieze, rich anthemion decoration on the pendentives and an apsed end to the south arm.  The columns were originally marbled wood, but in 1885 The Commercial Bank’s new architect Sydney Mitchell refaced them in Devonshire marble veined with grey and red, with black Belgium granite bases and bronze capitals.  His also are the marble mosaic floors, black, red and grey with arabesques and the arms of the Bank.

The Bar

The most recent addition to The Dome is The Front Bar. Once George Street’s most elaborate storeroom, it is at the same time splendid and intimate, showy yet cosy but always distinctively The Dome. 24 carat gold and Swarovski crystal chandelier? Of course! Rich wood panelling and ceiling-high mirrors? Certainly!

You’ll expect superb cocktails, an amazing malt whisky selection and a massive range of gins. Tick. Craft beer and draught beer? Tick. Champagne and Prosecco? Tick.

Pre, post or even during shopping, The Front Bar is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the George Street buzz. We can offer an aperitif, digestif, glass of fizz or just a quiet pint.

We love Rugby at The Dome and the Front Bar has a 50 inch TV to show all the Scottish and 6 Nations fixtures as well as major sporting events like the Ryder Cup and Wimbledon.

The Front Bar is ideal for private parties, conference welcome drinks as well as product launches and training events. Why not ask our Events Team about all the possibilities for a glamorous and bespoke event at The Dome?

When open to the public, drinks service operates on a first come first served basis.


  • Fine Dining Experience
  • Cocktail Bar
  • Afternoon Tea Served
  • Events Welcomed
  • Private Dining
  • Whisky Tasting
  • Reservations
  • Highchairs Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Free Wifi
  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Table Service