The Bon Vivant


The dictionary definition of a Bon Vivant (n. pl. bons vi·vants (bô v-vä)) is a person with refined taste, especially one who enjoys superb food and drink.’ So it’s an apt name for this Champagne and cocktail bar with its dash of Gallic charm.

Tucked away down Thistle Street in the New Town, the venue has the external look of an unassuming and understated eatery; however, it’s a quintessential destination for those seeking an exceptional dining experience. Step inside and you'll be greeted by an atmosphere that effortlessly blends sophistication and warmth. With its charming ambience, impeccable service and cosy, candlelit interiors, The Bon Vivant lends itself perfectly to any occasion.

They are focussed on using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients to create simple but well-executed dishes. As well-known for its award-winning drinks as its fare, the bar stocks a superb selection of wines and Champagne, with many available by the glass, coupled with a creative beer selection and innovative tipple offering. Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or an adventurous cocktail enthusiast, you'll find a sip perfectly suited to your taste.


  • Happily Affordable ££
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Day Open Close Notes
Monday 16:00 23:00
Tuesday 16:00 23:00
Wednesday 12:00 23:00
Thursday 12:00 23:00
Friday 12:00 0:00
Saturday 12:00 0:00
Sunday 12:00 23:00



The Bon Vivant, 55-57 Thistle Street, EH2 1DY


New Town


  • Cuisines

    This venue serves Roast Dinner, European, Bar Snacks and British food.

  • A word from the chef:

    We offer a regularly changing menu, which includes an eclectic range of dishes promoting regional and locally sourced produce. Our bar bites allow people to pick and choose tapas style, trying all of what our menu offers. With their great product knowledge our staff can guide our guests in their culinary decisions.

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