The Wildcat is Edinburgh's newest and most intimate live music bar. Situated in the lively Tollcross area of the city centre it is only a 30 second walk from the Kings Theatre. The stage in the backroom is hosted by Rory Gallagher (Rory & The Island) 4 days a week and you can also catch some spoken word solo theatre and poets in this quaint little room.
As a tourist, a student, a theatre goer or somebody who has just finished a long day at the office you are guaranteed a nice vibe in here with a wide variety of drinks from the bar run by Rory's wife Cara Gallagher. If you would like to book a birthday party, a christening or any function with us please click here
Before being renamed the Wildcat Bar in 2019 this quaint little bar has some very interesting history, it was previously named 'Burlington Berties' and was a notorious little side-street bar for workmen and thespians alike to nip in for a "wee dram" every now and then. One of the Burlington's most famous regulars was the legendary original 007 himself , Sir Sean Connery...
Sir Sean Connery used to work backstage at the King's Theatre. In 1951 Sean (then known as Tam) worked as a stage hand and this is where his interest in the acting profession began. He auditioned for a production of South Pacific and, now calling himself Sean, landed a small part - and the rest is history.
He was notorious for popping in between shifts for a few pints and a few whiskeys, shaken not stirred? who knows!
Some other old legends to have quenched their artistic thirsts in this wee bar were Noel Coward and Sir Lawrence Olivier who were doing a 2 week stint in the Kings theatre way back in 1930, it is rumoured that Coward got himself into a bit of an altercation with a construction worker who became annoyed with his theatrical flirting and smashed his randy glass off the back wall.
In 1975 Cilla Black was pictured in the Burlington after one of her much loved residency shows and recently others who have performed in the Kings theatre such as James Cordon, Sir Patrick Stewart and Cillian Murphy have all popped in between shows for a quick shot of old Scotch and Dutch courage!