A Fierce addition to the capital

Aberdonian craft brewer snaps up Edinburgh bar


ABERDEEN-based craft brewer Fierce Beer has opened its second bar after acquiring the leasehold to the former 1780 restaurant and bar on Edinburgh’s Rose Street.

Marketed via property firm The Restaurant Agency, the unit was sold to the brewer for an undisclosed premium for the leasehold, with an annual rent of £40,000.

Fierce Beer founders Dave Grant and Dave McHardy are said to have “invested heavily” in their new venture, which reopened late last month following an extensive six-week refurbishment.

The venue is described as benefiting from a “prominent trading location” close to Princes Street.

We expect to see further additions to their portfolio of business operations.

Following in the footsteps of Fierce Beer’s first bar, which is in Aberdeen, the new Edinburgh venue aims to introduce the brewer’s beers to a “wider audience”, according to The Restaurant Agency’s director, Alan Goldie.

He said: “We are delighted to have been instrumental in introducing Fierce Beer to the Edinburgh market through the [acquisition] of 1780, which was previously leased and operated by Rupert Kendal; [he] is looking forward to being neighbours with Fierce Beer, as he still operates Dirty Dicks next door.

“We wish Fierce Beer well with this new venture and expect to see further additions to their portfolio of business operations in Edinburgh and further afield;  and [we] are sure this section of Rose Street will continue to thrive given its proximity to the new Johnnie Walker experience {which will be] less than half a mile away.”