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The Events

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Send a gift card that can be used for any of the events at The Lost Close directly to your friends, family or partners!

Private Venue

Looking to host a private event? We have the perfect location right in the middle of Edinburgh's Old Town in an amazing historic building!

Business Meetings

Change the scenery for your regular team meetings.

Private Events

We can tailor one of our popular events to your needs.

Wedding Receptions

We'll entertain your guests, while get your photo's taken

Cocktail Party

Imagine having a birthday party in the place nobody's ever heard of before. How amazing would that be?

Workshop Space

Have you got a business and need a space to promote it? We've got plenty of space to get creative.

The venue
  • Local craft tasting sessions
  • Unique setting
  • Catering, coffee, tea
  • Private entrance
  • Central location in Edinburgh
  • Proffesional staff
  • High speed WiFI
  • Versatile space

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Word on the street..

Don't take our word for it, have a look what our guests have to say!


An absolutely amazing experience! It was great value for money and you got to try a wide variety of beers. Reggie, our host, had a real passion for beer and had lots of great stories to tell and she really made the experience special. I would really recommend this experience


Excellent fun! This won't make a Beer connoisseur out of you, but our young host was excellent, fun and recanted her stories with wit and some wisdom. The years old basement of the former Jail added to the atmosphere too. Didn't expect too much for the price initially, other than a way to taste some interesting beer, but got a lot more - would certainly recommend.


Kate was a wonderful tour guide though the old courthouse/jail. She provided great historical knowledge of the site and insightfully exained the brewery's methods in producing the beers we tried. There isn't as much beer as we expected, but I'd still say this is a great value and a great way to meet people--we went out to a pub after with our group!


Reggie is an absolute legend! She gave us a fantastic tour with lots of beer tasters! We sat in an old prison and told of lots of stories. We had a group of 8 including a big group of friends and a lovely Danish couple. Reggie did a fantastic job of bringing us all together and we didn’t stop laughing the whole evening. We stayed at ‘Code’ for a few Scottish Largers and then ended up going to a bar and staying there until they closed at 1am. Thank you Reggie we had such a good end to our trip!


Very cosy atmosphere in the unique and a little bit scary place. Original tastes of beers and funny share time. Strongly recommended for all, who likes beer and especially for who not - it will change your attitude.


I was staying in Edinburgh by myself and chose to do this experience. We had a great group of people and a really fun time. Our host Anna was excellent. Value for money, really interesting to have the guided tour and history of the old jail culminating with some delicious beer, great stories and good conversation. I made some new friends with people in my group and we socialised all weekend together. Thanks making my visit so memorable.

Small Groups

Perfect to socialize and make new friends!


Learn a bit more about Historical Edinburgh!

Experienced hosts

With our pasionate hosts you are in good hands!

The Place

Right in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, just off The Royal Mile

Why do we love it?

It’s a piece of history that few of us can ever see unless we make the journey below ground and its atmosphere is altogether different from the building above it.

What do we want people to use it for?

We want it be a place of social gathering as it was in the hundreds of years before. Many of the city’s most learned people congregated in Parliament Close, many of whom drank coffee at John’s Coffee House below.

How will we use it?

Magicians, storytelling, inspiring speakers, craft drinks tastings and more….

The Story of The Lost Close

The Great Edinburgh fire of 1824 destroyed Parliament Close and everything below it.


On top they built the magnificent Georgian building that stands today, formally a Police Court with jails for the locals of Edinburgh who had “misbehaved”…

In fact, in the attic of our building we have one of the first water pumps ever built to protect against future fires. A statue of James Braidwood, the founding father of the world’s first fire department stands proudly outside our building.

However, what was left underground is still a mystery and only by looking at maps pre-1824 can we truly understand what was there before and after….





In the old maps we can see Closes, living quarters, taverns and even the Royal Bank.

Steil’s Close regularly features in the maps pre-1824 and disappears thereafter. This is the same with Royal Bank Close and Hangman’s Close. They all led into Old Fishmarket Close which still stands today.

We can’t say for definite which Close we have but we can say it is a Close…why?

It has gradual steps down on foundation stone and leads to a clear arch for those to walk through towards Old Fishmarket Close.

Any burning questions?

Drop us a line if you have any questions about our events.

We can also organise private events for groups, please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.

Also get in touch with us if you'd like to perform at The Lost Close!


Our Address:

1 Barrie's Close

Edinburgh, EH1 1RF