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The Register Club: Edinburgh’s ‘Grand’ new social spot

Posted: 1st May 2018

The high-end champagne and cocktail lounge bar run by The Bon Vivant in The Edinburgh Grand promises to be one of the city’s most glamorous and sought-after venues.

The Register Club Bar

When The Edinburgh Grand welcomes its first guests on the 1st of June the doors will also open to the new Register Club. Occupying the entire west wing of the St Andrew Square building’s fourth floor, The Register Club will offer Edinburgh a reservation-only spot to eat, drink and relax in comfort and style. With space to enjoy the intimate atmosphere that harks back to the glamorous art deco heritage of the building, The Register Club will be open during the day and into the evening. It will serve up simple dishes, putting the spotlight on local and artisan producers and will also boast a bespoke cocktail list. Guests at The Register Club will enjoy top-notch service from its knowledgeable and skilled hosting team.

The celebrated Bon Vivant Group, which also runs the Devil’s Advocate in the Old Town and El Cartel, will operate The Register Club, bringing its established, award-winning expertise to delivering a new first-class experience for Scotland’s capital city. In addition to the main lounge and cocktail bar, The Register Club will also boast its own Games Room which benefits from separate access. Together with the innovative interior design, this allows the space to be hired for exclusive, private events for up to 35. With soaring ceilings, decorative plasterwork and finished in a rich dusky blue (known as Oval Room Blue), the Games Room has retained many of its original features whilst showcasing plenty of contemporary touches.

The Register Club will bring something completely new to Edinburgh. It will combine the kudos of a private club, the buzz of a cocktail bar and the interiors of an upscale establishment. We asked The Bon Vivant team to operate it, bringing their expert touch to ensuring that the experience in this breath-taking space is top notch. The Register Club is sure to become the city’s most stylish, yet discreet, spot for Edinburgh’s well-heeled set as well as our guests at the five-star Edinburgh Grand itself.

Stuart McCluskey, Founder of Bon Vivant, adds: “The Register Club is undoubtedly a unique and aspirational addition to Edinburgh’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene. We will provide a selection of well-executed dishes and inspired, bespoke cocktails to a discerning clientele in a stunning yet relaxing space that ebbs warmth and sophistication.”

The Edinburgh Grand is Lateral City Apartments’ newest property in the city and is part of Chris Stewart Group’s ambitious Registers development, a regeneration and redevelopment project which is set to transform a corner of the prestigious St Andrew Square.

Chris Stewart, CEO of Lateral City and Chris Stewart Group, said: “When we started talking about creating a ‘club floor’ in The Edinburgh Grand, we knew it would have to be something really special. The team at Bon Vivant set the standard for mixology and service. Their knowledge and experience of their craft is unmatched in Scotland. Combine that with the rich, grown up surroundings of The Register Club, and we have created a really smart, really intimate space for everyone.”

The Edinburgh Grand’s comprehensive yet respectful renovation took place over two years and will provide 50 individually designed apartments. The Edinburgh Grand is also set to be the city’s hottest new social hub. As well as The Register Club on the fourth floor, the Bon Vivant team will be launching an aperitif cocktail bar with a light, continental food offering alongside a late night basement hangout offering an eclectic blend of fabulous food, drink and live music.  Additionally, London based Hawksmoor will be opening a 170 cover restaurant in the prestigious former banking hall. The building’s provenance as a famous Edinburgh banking landmark – it was formerly the global headquarters of RBS – has been artfully woven together with contemporary interior design to create a luxurious new residence unique to Scotland.

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