Opal Lounge Edinburgh design, 51 George Street club photo, New Town bar location, Scotland capital interior

Opal Lounge Edinburgh : George Street Bar

George Street Nightclub: Bar + Restaurant building design by Malcolm Fraser Architects, Scotland, United Kingdom.

post updated 2 January 2022 – permanently closed.

Location: 51a George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2HT, UK.

Dates built: 2001-02

Design: Malcolm Fraser Architects

Opal Lounge, Edinburgh
restaurant image from Malcolm Fraser Architects

Opal Lounge Edinburgh

This was a building conversion for Montpelier nightclub, midway along the North side of the street.

Opal Lounge, Edinburgh
restaurant image from Malcolm Fraser Architects

The Opal Lounge designer was local architecture studio Malcolm Fraser Architects.

The base build construction cost was £1.2m.

Opal Lounge, Malcolm Fraser
51a George Street Edinburgh image from Malcolm Fraser Architects

Opal Lounge – contact details
current early 2004:
0131 226 2275 fax 0131 226 3275 [email protected]

Edinburgh New Town bar / restaurant, also designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects:

ricks, frederick st
Rick's Bar
picture from the architect

News Excerpt re the Opal Lounge Edinburgh from Feb 2002:

Opal Lounge Opening
Opened today at 49 [51a] George Street (north side, basement): Members nightclub by Malcolm Fraser Architects

125 George Street boutique hotel
Montpeliers, owners of the Opal Lounge and ricks, have proposed a £5m boutique hotel at 125 George Street. Montpeliers submitted a planning application with Edinburgh council to build a 33 bedroom hotel and cocktail bar, restaurant and a private members’ lounge.

The five-storey Georgian townhouse, which has been lying empty for nine months, was formerly an office occupied by Standard Life. The new hotel is aiming for the top end of the Edinburgh Hotel market.

Montpeliers is the Scottish leisure group that owns this property as well as Rick’s, Indigo Yard, Assembly and Montpeliers of Bruntsfield, all in the capital city – see Edinburgh Restaurants.

Around 100 jobs should be created by Montpeliers through the conversion. If planning permission is granted for this new Edinburgh hotel, the development should be completed in 2005.

The George Street site is being leased by Montpeliers from Lorne Properties. Montpeliers is working on 125 George Street with the Edinburgh area practice Kerr Blyth Associates.

Architect Kerr Blyth refurbished The Iguana bar in Edinburgh’s Bristo Square, renamed as Assembly and worked for architect Malcolm Fraser on the Opal Lounge. Other Kerr Blyth projects in Edinburgh include Halo.

The 51 George Street nightclub was opened by Montpeliers in February 2002.

This Edinburgh nightclub build cost was approximately £2.2m.

There is also an Opal Lounge in London at Swallow St, it is also a London Nightclub. Also in Solihull there is an Opal Lounge on The High St, again a nightclub.

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