When the world of social media alerted me to the arrival of their Holy Garage pop-up in a mysterious location just near George Square, I made a note to visit at my earliest opportunity.The site brings together a number of elements, with their signature coffee, Barney’s beer, Twelve Triangles‘ doughnuts, an absinthe bar, a shipping container cinema, and a bar area within the garage space itself.
I visited first for a quick espresso in a break in my wanderings around the city, so I could temporarily take the weight of my action footwear-clad feet.
I sampled their Kenyan peaberry espresso, which was bright, fruity and absolutely first class.
After popping over to Summerhall, I came back to spend part of the evening there with, amongst others Hannah, with whom I will be walking a long charity walk soon, and our founder and inspiration MJ, who had been at King’s to see Juliet Binoche in Antigone.
During that visit I did something I rarely do: I had a milky coffee. I was convinced this was an idea by the excellent barista as they’re using different blends for the black and white coffee. The flat white was a much more savoury blend, with a real peanut saltiness to the overall effect. It was quite spectacular.
We sipped tasty beer, basked in some quirky tunes, and generally had a lovely evening sitting in the main garage space.
So overall, while we have some great coffee pop-ups this Festival the Holy Garage is a cut above. I’ve rarely been so impressed with the whole look, feel and quality of a temporary place. It’s an absolute must visit. Try to do so early in the day so you get to sample a doughnut or two, but once they’re done there’s still so much fun to be had. Superb.