THE Last Drop is one of Edinburgh’s best-known historic bars – complete with a macabre history and reputedly haunted by a young girl in medieval clothing.
This haunted howff underwent a substantial makeover, which was conducted in rapid order by Pacific – on time and on budget, and with minimum disruption to trade, which was a key consideration for a pub that is situated in the city’s historic Grassmarket and is popular with tourists and locals alike.
Operated within the massive Mitchells & Butlers stable,The Last Drop carries the Nicholson’s brand and it boasts an eclectic range of real ales, whiskies and classic pub food – its Haggis neeps and tatties are hugely popular by all accounts.
The bar had to close during the refurbishment but Pacific managed to ensure that this was restricted to just two weeks. Works were exterior and interior and involved a new kitchen, toilets, screens, flooring, decoration and lighting.
Pacific’s attention to detail and professionalism allowed The Last Drop to retain its historic character and quirky charm.
The Last Drop is a macabre reference to the last hanging in the Grassmarket, and the spirit of the small girl has been reported in the cellar and in the bar area.
Tenements once stood on the site, but these were rebuilt into the pub, using the old buildings’ original 17th Century stone.