Bon Vivant team set to launch new Edinburgh club room

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The team behind Edinburgh bars including The Devil’s Advocate and The Bon Vivant are to open a new place to eat and drink in the Scottish capital.

Bon Vivant Group is to operate the new Register Club on the fourth floor of The Edinburgh Grand hotel which is due to open in St Andrew Square on June 1. It is pictured as a computer-generated image.

It will be a reservation-only spot to eat, drink and relax in comfort and style, with a design harking back to the glamorous Art Deco heritage of the building which was formerly the global headquarters of Royal Bank of Scotland.

The Register Club will be open during the day and into the evening, serving simple dishes that put the spotlight on local and artisan producers, alongside a list of original cocktails.

The lounge and cocktail bar will draw on the group’s expertise and hospitality to offer a first-class experience. The group also operates Mexican cantina El Cartel in Edinburgh.

The Register Club will also have its own Games Room which will benefit from separate access, allowing the space to be hired for private events for up to 35 people.

The Games Room has retained many of the interior’s original features, with soaring ceilings and decorative plasterwork, and is finished in a rich dusky blue known as Oval Room Blue.

Gavin MacLennan, general manager of Lateral City, which operates The Edinburgh Grand, said: “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, added: “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 Bon Vivant team will also be launching an aperitif cocktail bar with a light, continental food offering alongside a late-night basement hangout offering food, drink and live music. Additionally, London based Hawksmoor will be opening a 170-cover restaurant in the building’s former banking hall.

The Edinburgh Grand is Lateral City Apartments’ newest property in the city and is part of Chris Stewart Group’s Registers development, a regeneration and redevelopment project that is transforming a corner of 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 but respectful renovation has taken place over two years and will provide 50 individually designed apartments.

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