Drinking Through Portobello

As we adventured through Portobello, we decided to stop in two different bars that are well-known within the area.  The first was called The Bernard Shaw: Located on Richmond Street, this pub was directly on our way to Portobello, so we had to stop in. At first, it was difficult to tell what type of audience The Bernard Shaw would attract because it looks rundown and older, but there are also many murals and paintings outside that gave it a younger vibe. In general, we may have judged too quickly. It has kept its older appearance, but inside there were posters for events ranging from rock music to disco dancing, crazily painted walls, a young bar staff, pool tables, and even a blue bus outside that you could drink in. It had so much character. AND they sell pizza, what more could you ask for?


The next place we went to was called the Bello Bar which was more of a mini concert venue than a bar. It’s located under The Lower Deck on Portobello Harbour, and it’s only open two days a week. 

First of all, a bar under a bar? How cool is that! When you walk in, there is an area where the bands play and in front of that is an open space that allows people to dance. Behind the dance space, there is “The Sitting Room” where there are multiple tables and chairs that give people a place to listen to music and enjoy a beer. Overall, the setup is great. The interior is also unique; it is dimly lit with plenty of funky decor and comfy couches. This was a fun one to go in and check out. While we did not get to hear a performance, it was obvious that this was a cool and unique venue that everyone must visit.


Bretzel Bakery, Portobello

One of our first stops exploring Portobello was the renowned Bretzel Bakery. Famous for their freshly baked in-house goods, the Bretzel attracts locals and visitors alike to Portobello. Although the bakery is tucked away from the main road on Lennox Street, it’s difficult to miss with the brightly painted storefront and emblazoned “Est. 1870” across the side of the building. And to make it even easier, the unmistakable smell of fresh bread from the oven can be picked up from a block away. The interior was beautifully modernized and made for an airy but cozy atmosphere where one could spend hours reading or working over coffee and one of their hand-made pastries. We soon settled in to a wonderful yet simple lunch with coffee as we read up on the long and rich history of the Bretzel that they proudly record in the front pocket of the table menu.

Click here for a bit of history on the Jewish community in Portobello

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