Popular Edinburgh pub launches crowdfunding campaign to open new bar in Portobello


A Scottish brewery has turned to the internet to fund the opening of a new Edinburgh bar in Portobello.

Vault City Brewing is a leading British brewery based in Edinburgh and produces some of Britain’s best-selling sour beers.

They recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 to help fund a new bar called ‘The Porty Vault’ a stone’s throw from the brewery itself.

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Those who contribute to the project can expect exclusive offers and experiences when the bar opens and supporters can contribute to the campaign from £50.

Activists will receive 1.5 times their donation back in the form of bar vouchers. For example, if someone donates £200, they will receive £300 worth of vouchers in return, along with a t-shirt and an invite to their exclusive launch event.

The new bar would take over the site of Skylark Bar on Portobello High Street and feature more than 20 beers from the Vault City Brewery, including some of their famous sour ales, as well as established favorites and guest ales.

The venue will also serve food, curated by Chef Darren Lim, a steakhouse specialist with over 25 years of experience. The menu will be barbecue-inspired, with influences from Argentina, Patagonia and the United States.

Steven Smith-Hay, co-founder of Vault City Brewing, said, “This is one of our most exciting announcements to date and a huge step forward for Vault City.

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“Our brewery is already in Portobello, we are part of the community there and always will be. We considered opening a brewery, but felt we could do more to support the local high street by transforming an existing site. Opening a new bar here at home is a dream.

“We have already had great success with the Wee Vault and adding a new bar to the portfolio is a natural step. As with any part of the business, we will grow with demand, and there hopefully we can open bars in other parts of the country.

“We have received great feedback from our local community, supporters and customers, and I am delighted to see that we are already over a third of the way with our fundraising goal. I can’t wait for more people to join the modern sour beer revolution.

The crowdfunding campaign has ten days left and has currently raised over £15,000 of its £25,000 target


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