You have to hand it the animatronic Frankenstein monster at Frankenstein Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland — the guy knows how to make an entrance.
The monster emerges from a smokey balcony on a gurney every day at 6 p.m. and midnight, shortly after the lights have been dimmed and the speakers have been taken over by the sounds of thunder and groaning. He is slowly lowered to the main floor, where he sits up to scan the room before being raised back up.
The Frankenstein show takes place at least three times a day, with the staff sometimes firing up the show upon request.
The classic monster was first introduced to the world in Mary Shelley’s 1818 horror novel, “Frankenstein,” which was set in Switzerland. Victor Frankenstein’s greatest creation would go on to get the Hollywood treatment, beginning in the 1930s with the Boris Karloff films “Frankenstein,” “Bride of Frankenstein” and “Son of Frankenstein.”
These films and the book that inspired them play a significant role in Frankenstein Pub’s gothic décor.
“The screens are mostly used for playing the Frankenstein movies,” said Frankenstein Pub deputy manager Calum Grant, by email, adding that the venue also occasionally shows sports. “(And) we have a lot of vintage pictures and props that all relate to the films and books (that) we have been collecting for years.”
The theme isn’t as prevalent on the menu, but customers can order a Monster burger – which includes bacon, Cajun breaded chicken, spiced pork and onion rings – and a Dr. Frankenstein cocktail.
Located in a 19th century church, the three-floor Frankenstein Pub has been in business for over 20 years. That’s quite an achievement for a theme restaurant (or any restaurant, for that matter). It helps that Frankenstein Pub has caught on with the nightlife crowd.
“We still have the same alter that the church used,” Grant said of the building’s original owner, “except it is now where our DJ stands.”
Hours: 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday through Sunday
Address: 26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland