Festival season is here, and with it comes lots of fresh and exciting pop up bars and restaurants for people to either relax in in between shows or spend the whole night experiencing something a little different. I was invited along to experience one such pop up last week – a temporary jazz bar called Kansas Smitty’s which can be found in the achingly cool Biscuit Factory in Leith.
This is a temporary residency of the well renowned jazz and julep bar in London of the same name. With the help of their friends Alba Events and Jim Beam, Kansas Smitty’s have brought their unique offering up to Edinburgh for the busy August season.
The venue is open 12pm – 3am daily, with a bar serving tasty julep cocktails and comforting soul food. There is a live jazz show on every night from 8pm until 10pm, followed by a fun jazz rave until 3am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
I popped along on a Tuesday night while squeezing in other festival madness, and so I had to scoot off before the live music began. However, I really like what they’ve done with the space in the Biscuit Factory. There is a relaxed bar area that is connected to a ticketed concert venue, and I can imagine it would have a nice vibe when it’s full of punters and has some decent live music on the go.
The bar serves a range of cocktails, quality spirits and beer from Tempest Brewery. There’s an eclectic range of juleps to choose from, each served in a funky metal Jim Beam beaker. I had the Morning “Joe-lep” while my pal had the Festivus Julep, both of which were really enjoyable.
If you’re a fan of jazz music, or just fancy something a little bit off the beaten track, it’s well worth a look. Check out their website to get an idea of the live shows lined up. Live acts already confirmed include Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Bad Manners, CC Smugglers, Sons of Kemet, Swindle and of course Kansas Smitty’s eight piece house band.
Kansas Smitty’s is open daily until the 28th August at the Biscuit Factory (4-6 Anderson Place, EH6 5NP). You can get there directly on the 11 bus from the city centre.