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The Last Drop, Edinburgh

Entrance to The Last Drop Tavern

Entrance to The Last Drop Tavern

The Last Drop is a Traditional Pub in the Historical Heartland of Edinburgh

The Last Drop is a traditional Scottish pub in the very heart of Edinburgh's famous and historical Old Town, located at 74/78, The Grassmarket, which runs adjacent and parallel to The Royal Mile. It is a place of old and traditional wooden ceiling beams, a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, fine ales and quality, homemade food to suit almost every taste and requirement.

The Last Drop is a pub I have enjoyed visiting for more than twenty years and - as a consequence of which - you may be assured that what follows comes very much both from personal experience and from the heart. This is by no means a bland, standard recommendation from someone writing ten pub guides a day via the dubious benefits of Internet research and vague word of mouth - this is the real deal. Why not try it out for yourself? Visit The Last Drop if you are in Edinburgh and meet real Scots, in a real Scottish pub - I honestly don't believe you will find yourself disappointed!

Where is The Last Drop? - How do I get there?

The Good Pub Guide 2015

If you're visiting the UK from the USA, you may very well be on the lookout for some good pubs at which you can eat, drink and soak up a great atmosphere. The number one way to find this information is from The Good Pub Guide, the 2015 edition of which is now available on The guide is also of course available from Amazon UK.


Are You Feeling Thirsty?

Come in, sit down and enjoy a relaxing drink

From the very first moment that you set foot in The Last Drop, you cannot help but get a feel for its historical significance and associations. Whether that be due to the "Old Worldly" wooden beams aplenty, the deliberately and carefully subdued lighting, the memorial sites in the street you have just left or a complex blend of all three and more, you will have to judge for yourself. This sense of tradition and heritage is very important to the proprietors and something they are always looking to maintain.


So what is your favourite tipple? You certainly won't be short of choices from this well-stocked bar. Is a traditional pint the order of the day? Select an ale from a choice of Belhaven Best, Caledonian 80 shilling or perhaps that favourite of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, Deuchars IPA. Lager drinkers also have the option of partaking of Scotland's favourite and best selling lager, Tennent's.

Wines and spirits drinkers, too, have a great selection to choose from but being in Scotland, surely you have to try a "wee dram" of the world's finest malt whisky? The owners of The Last Drop have actually supplied a tasting guide to help you make an informed choice from thirteen of the very best. Browse the guide, or ask for advice - there will almost certainly be at least one there to suit your taste!

Soft drinks, tea and coffee are of course available for any drivers or teetotallers. I can also strongly recommend a Gaelic style coffee, laced with fine whisky and topped with cream. This is particularly enjoyable after a fine meal, which we shall look at in more detail a little later on...


Are You Feeling Hungry?

Grab a menu and prepare yourself for a culinary treat

I vividly recall the occasion of my very first visit to The Last Drop. I did not live in Edinburgh at that time and was visiting the city with an uncle to attend an International Rugby Union match and we went there on his personal recommendation.

I was immediately impressed.

I liked the layout of the pub, the beer was great, and as it was around lunchtime, we decided to order some food. Being the carnivore that I am, I went for the Steak and Guinness Pie and I was not disappointed. It was absolutely delicious and I am delighted to say that it is still made in The Last Drop, by the same, secret recipe, and served up right to this very day. I have since partaken of it on a great many more occasions.

The food in The Last Drop is served from noon until nine pm, seven days a week, and is prepared fresh on the premises wherever possible and practical. This is something which very much comes across in the eating experience. It is also cooked in a healthy fashion, with not a deep fat fryer to be found in this kitchen. The other big seller on the menu (apart from the Steak and Guinness Pie) is the haggis, turnip and potato - or haggis, neeps and tatties as you are perhaps more likely to hear it referred by aficionados of traditional Scottish food. The haggis is bought in fresh from a trusted local butcher and is not of the "chemically enhanced," tinned variety!

There are of course many more items on The Last Drop's menu at extremely reasonable prices, including everything from snacks and wraps to salads and baked potatoes. Perhaps you may fancy something with an international flavour, such as pasta, curry or enchiladas? Whatever your choice, I very much hope you have the chance to experience it soon and know that regardless of what it may be, you are in for a treat.


Are You An Exorcist?

Do you perhaps know someone for whom this t-shirt would be perfect?

There are of course a great many of us who love our whisky and other spirits - but equally, it can be possible to take this passion a little too far! Are you one of those people whose friends lock their drinks' cabinets when you pay them a visit? Do you perhaps have to lock your own drinks' cabinet when particular friends pay you a visit?

The t-shirt pictured is but one example of dozens of products available to buy online at fantastic prices, summing up just such people. Click here to visit the store and snap up a hilarious bargain today.

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How Did The Last Drop Get Its Name?

This requires a brief look in to the history of Edinburgh's Grassmarket

The Grassmarket is situated in the shadow of the city's most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle, and is currently in the process of receiving a multi-million pound redevelopment. It first appeared in the 15th century as a marketplace but has a rich, often dark, cultural history far beyond the boundaries of the purpose for which it was created. Historical figures such as Rabbie Burns, Sir Walter Scott and the infamous Burke and Hare have all graced this place at one time or another and many of the properties on the Grassmarket were at one time in fact owned by the Knight's Templar, the secret society so recently brought back to prominence by Dan Brown's book, "The Da Vinci Code."


It is, however, the Grassmarket's function as the place of public hangings which leads to the name, "The Last Drop." Many a wicked criminal, innocent soul and religious martyr alike met their end at this location. The exact spot where the gallows once stood is marked by a St Andrew's cross in the cobblestones bearing the inscription, "For the Protestant faith, on this spot many martyrs and covenanters died." The Last Drop offers t-shirts for sale to those seeking a souvenir of their visit with the solemn monogram of a public gallows emblazoned prominently on the front.


Maybe You Can Get to Meet Maria, The Last Drop's Very Own Ghost!

A spooky tale of times long gone and a mischievous spirit not yet at rest

Many a visitor to The Last Drop over the years has felt a gentle tug to their shirt or jacket from a seemingly unknown source. Some have even caught ill-defined sight of a young girl standing forlornly in the corner. Have you had, or could you yet have, such an experience?

Legend has it that Maria was a young Irish girl, murdered by a Scotsman and that she still frequents The Last Drop with mischief on her mind. Do you believe in such tales...?

The Journal of the Traveling Squid - A Round the World Charity Trip

The Journal of the Traveling Squid - A Round the World Charity Trip

The Journal of the Traveling Squid - A Round the World Charity Trip

It was in mid-March 2009 that I was asked by Squidoo's Lensmaster of the Year 2008, Jaguar Julie, from Florida, USA, to be the first participant in a worldwide charity project she was in the process of organising. She planned on sending a t-shirt and journal on a worldwide trip via Squidoo contributors. Each person is required to sign the t-shirt, make an entry in the journal, take a relevant photo, make a donation to their favourite charity and subsequently post the items on to the next person.

I felt of course extremely honoured and was delighted to be a part of this very worthwhile project. I decided that, as the very first Squidoo site I created about a place was this one on The Last Drop, what better place to send The Journal of the Travelling Squid on its way than the place where essentially I started my own Squidoo journey.

The t-shirt and the journal can be seen in the photograph above along with Last Drop barman Alex Mill and I. This image was taken on 31st March 2009 and the items packaged up and sent on their onward journey the following day to Squidoo contributor aj2008.

Tourist Information in Edinburgh - Find out what you need to know before you go!

This is the place where you can give your own feedback, either upon this work or the pub itself. If you liked the site, why not e-mail a link to it to your friends? Perhaps they would enjoy it, too!

Thank you for reading, and hopefully, your visit to The Last Drop.

What did you think of The Last Drop and this Site? - Have your say here...

Dhookraj Singh on April 15, 2014:

I just can't wait to go back.

An exciting place.

Wedge Antilles from Mount Vernon, WA on April 14, 2014:

It has been a long while since I was last in Edinburgh and I can't wait to visit this wonderful old city again; when there next, I will definitely make it a visit to The Last Drop.

sybil watson on April 14, 2014:

I would dearly love to go to Edinburgh and stop in at The Last Drop. I never would have assumed that the name came from its history as a gallows spot - my ancestors were covenanters!

Max Globe on April 10, 2014:

I love Edinburgh with its medieval buildings and cool old pubs! Amazing lens, I'll stop by The Last Drop next time I'll be in Scotland.

IanTease on January 14, 2014:

The last drop is one of our absolute favourite boozers in Edinburgh as the Grassmarket makes such a good base when up for the rugby or visiting the Fringe. The Bow Bar round the corner is another wonderful spot.

RoomSolutionsStaging on January 05, 2014:

Edinburgh is such a great, medieval city with a fabulous castle overlooking the Firth of Forth. I can't wait to return!

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on August 13, 2013:

I went to The Last Drop several times when visiting Edinburgh, Full of atmosphere, a great pub. And I love the play on words.

penmypage on March 13, 2013:

I'm not sure if I've been to the Last Drop at the Grassmarket. It sounds like a decent pub. Since they don't have a deep fat fryer, I guess they don't sell chips then? unless its oven chips? Lately, i am so into chips. Not sure why when I'm supposed to be eating healthily. I might have a drink there when I'm next back into Edinburgh...or perhaps the steak pie :)

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on November 30, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi, Lance. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Yes, to the best of my knowledge, the Last Drop t-shirts are still available. Glad you enjoyed your visiti and thanks for posting.

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

Both my Girlfriend and myself visited The Last Drop back in May and loved the place. The Owner, I think it was him...? When I went to purchase a Tshirt, gave me some cool trinkets..(flask..another shirt) and I am not really a "ghost" believer..but I did feel a light scratching on my beard almost a playful type of thing..kind of weird...Does this place still sell the cool "Last Drop" shirts?

PlatinumSecProd from Illinois on August 02, 2012:

I visited The Last Drop while in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. Had my first taste of haggis, tatties, & neeps-loved it. I would love to spend more time in Edinburgh in the future!

SpenceG on July 18, 2012:

I love the feel of an old town pub. They're always so cozy. The Last Drop seems to be a good one to visit.

Caromite on June 28, 2012:

I never visited Edinburgh, Scotland or even the United Kingdom at all - but I really want to change that! Your lens about the Pub is great, I would like to be there now :)

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 25, 2012:

@captainj88: I hope you get that chance, Leah. It's still a beautiful city, packed with heritage, culture and everything that most people could ever want - apart from, frequently, the weather... :)

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 25, 2012:

@JohnTannahill: Hi - I hope you make it, John. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's a great pub.

John Tannahill from Somewhere in England on May 25, 2012:

Not been to The Last Drop but definitely will after that.

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on April 28, 2012:

Well, I made it to Edinburgh in 1990 but didn't go to the Last Drop. I was 12, and my American chaperones would never let me walk into a pub or tavern. I definitely want to come back and visit now that I'm an adult.

Fcuk Hub on April 26, 2012:

I think that Last Drop is great as all this lens :)

troybreimon lm on April 09, 2012:

Great Great lens Gordon. interested me a lot. great photos and writing. I produced something on edinburgh too so this is a treat to read.

MarcellaCarlton on April 05, 2012:

Loved it! Even though I don't consume alcohol I am of Scottish decent and I just can't get enough information about the place. I hope to go someday.

MelonyVaughan on March 01, 2012:

Great lens! Would love to visit this place someday!

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on February 28, 2012:

OUtstnaind lens. I feel like I've been to the Last Drop now! Squid Angel Blessings.

Edwardjames81 on February 02, 2012:

Looks and sounds like a great pub. Nice lens

DonD LM on January 30, 2012:

Great photos above. Your lense is worth reading indeed.

myamya on January 30, 2012:

Great lens! squidlikes!

sheezie77 on January 30, 2012:

Very nice lens! thumbs up

Barbara Walton from France on January 29, 2012:

I used to live near the Grassmarket, just at the eastern end, "where the murders were". It was in the 80's and was very rough then but full of character. Lots of great food shops. I went back and, sadly, it's all be gentrified. I wonder do they all fight outside the pubs at night still? Lovely lens, blessed.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on January 11, 2012:

Good stuff. Love the T-shirt. Thumbs up!

anonymous on November 27, 2011:

I thourghly enjoyed your lens. I would love to visit Scotland and have a "wee dram" at The Last Drop.

anonymous on November 24, 2011:

Awesome! Super love it. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

OnlyInOurCity on November 22, 2011:

Love your pub. Been a few times during the festival. Great lens too The Last Drop. Gave us some great ideas for ours. Thank you.

aquarian_insight on November 15, 2011:

I'd love to visit Edinburgh! If I ever get to go, I'll be sure to drop in at the The Last Drop. Cool lens.

funkodrunko on October 27, 2011:

Good read, I've been a few times and did not know much about the place to be honest. Thanks for the info

anonymous on October 19, 2011:

wow, cool lens, didn't know there was a traveling squidoo going around the world, 'thumbs up' from me to you on this lens!

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on September 08, 2011:

@TravelingRae: Thanks, TravelingRae,

Glad you had a good time when you visited!

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on September 08, 2011:

@MyCrazyAdventures: Hi, SmartChica

Thanks. Glad to bring back memories and hope you get the chance to visit The Last Drop again! :)

Melissa from Albuquerque, NM on September 07, 2011:

Greetings from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I've been in the Last Drop! I was visiting in 2005 the week after my sister married her Socttish husband at Crieff Hydro. I was staying at their flat in Edinburgh and stumbled into the Grass Market one morning and had breakfast there. YES, breakfast! Loved the vibe. Thanks for the pleasant reminder. :)

Squid Angel blessings!

TravelingRae on August 15, 2011:

Oh, the Last Drop. I think I drank every lost drop of Guinness they had the night I was there back in '98. It's a good thing I kept detailed travel journals even back then! I'm blessing this great lens about a great pub.

franstan lm on August 11, 2011:

Blessed by a Squid Angel

MacPharlain on July 29, 2011:

I'll be sure to include a stop at The Last Drop on my next road trip of Scotland! Looks like my kind of place.

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on June 14, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi, Susan. I must have seen you in The Last Drop during your time there! I am not in Edinburgh as much these days as I was for so many years but to the best of my knowledge, James and Ruth are still there. Thanks for your comment and visit to this page.

anonymous on June 13, 2011:

I worked at The Last Drop back in 1991/92 as a traveling student from the US, so it has a special place in my heart. When I went back in 1997 to get married in St. Andrews, James and Ruth (the manager and his wife) attended the ceremony and my maid of honor was a wonderful Scottish friend who worked alongside me. Anytime I hear of someone going to Edinburgh, I tell them to stop in at the Last Drop. Not sure if James and Ruth are still there, though.

anonymous on June 12, 2011:

Great job on your lens!

Lisa Auch from Scotland on May 24, 2011:

Well I don't know how I missed this! Fantastic page, and LotD too! Blessed

eclecticeducati1 on April 06, 2011:

Awesome lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on April 01, 2011:

If and when we ever get as far north as Edinburgh, we will be sure to pay a visit and to look you up. Blessed by an angel.

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 26, 2011:

@BestRatedStuff: Thank you! I hope you make it to Edinburgh. It is a truly wonderful city in so many ways and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 26, 2011:

@aesta1: Hope you find it. Honestly don't believe you will be disappointed! :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 26, 2011:

I am glad to have found this lens. I had been to Edinburgh but only on day drives from Durham when we visit the kids. I can't remember where we ate but next time, will look for the Last Drop.

BestRatedStuff on March 20, 2011:

I really enjoyed reading this lens, love your style of writing and I found it engaging. I have always wanted to visit Edinburgh, so if I ever do get there, this will be one of my stops.

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 17, 2011:

@makingamark: Thanks, makinga mark - done it now! :)

Katherine Tyrrell from London on March 17, 2011:

Just noticed that you've not got this categorised for the UK sub-sub category and if it was I think it would be top of that category!

TeacherSerenia on March 15, 2011:

I'm a teetotaller but even I might visit the Last Drop for the food and the history

Stephen Carr from Corona, CA on March 02, 2011:

Terrific lens! Enjoyed it. Wish I could go!

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 13, 2011:

@Gloriousconfusion: Thanks, gloriousconfusion. The festival is of course great but sometimes the city can be too busy at that time for my liking.

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 13, 2011:

@mikerbowman: Hope you make it there, Jack. I am sure you will see for yourself what a great place it is.

Gordon N Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 13, 2011:

@makingamark: Thank you, making a mark. It is a great pub. Great food, good choice of drinks and friendly atmosphere.

Katherine Tyrrell from London on February 12, 2011:

Great lens. I've always loved the Grassmarket area and I think I may have had a drink in this pub. Blessed and added to The Best of the UK

anonymous on February 02, 2011:

The Edinburgh Festival is one of the best culture and arts celebration I've been to, so awesome! Check out in your next trip. And I love your lens, nice work.

mikerbowman on January 25, 2011:

What a great lens! I also really liked the picture of the Giant Squid shirt outside the Pub :) I'll have to check this place out the next time I visit Edinburgh... I've been meaning to go again, it's where I met my lovely girlfriend while we were both studying abroad!

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on January 14, 2011:

I've been there many times - I used to have a boyfriend who lived in Edinburgh, and would also go there for the Edinburgh Festival (that's how I first met him), so it brings back many happy memories, and I love the pun in the name. Blessed by an Angel.

lasertek lm on January 09, 2011:

The Last Drop is a good place to drop by & visit when I go to England. Thanks for sharing.

turner-bob on January 04, 2011:

Very interesting lens!

Bambi Watson on December 28, 2010:

Well, if I ever get to Scotland, you'll have to take me here, it sounds really fun...

and I'm crazy for "neeps" as you call them lol :)

~ Blessed >*

desilegend on December 28, 2010:

Congratulations and big thanks! You lens was featured on my Top 10 Travel Destinations lens. Please Squidlike it & Facebook Like it!

ezpostcard on November 29, 2010:

I'll drop at The Last Drop when I'm in England. :)

ZablonMukuba on October 09, 2010:

nice lens, the next time am in england i will pass by

sandralynnsparks on October 09, 2010:

I love and miss this pub...thanks for reviving good memories!

julieannbrady on October 05, 2010:

Well ... to use a pun ... this is GOOD to "the last drop!"

WriterBuzz on October 03, 2010:

Very cool lens. Informative and fun. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up given.

anonymous on September 09, 2010:

I remember being in this pub about ten years or more ago. It was great and I'm pleased to see that it still looks the same. I had the steak and guinness pie! Great tribute to a great pub. Thanks for the memories.

Pete Schultz on May 25, 2010:

very interesting, I love the exorcist tee shirt and the "Last Drop" history. If I'm ever in Scotland, I will try the food and drink...well the drink for sure.

EnglandRugbyShirts on February 10, 2010:

Wow very informative lens! Thanks for this :)

ruilevi on November 26, 2009:

what an amazing city! Beautiful lens,5*!

InsideGuideToLondon on November 13, 2009:

Came here via the Cities on Squidoo group - especially enjoyed the background info on the pub - great lens - 5* and faved.

KimGiancaterino on November 11, 2009:

Nice purple star... Re-Blessing!

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on November 06, 2009:

Nice work! I've always wanted to visit Scotland. Squid Angel blessed.

AlisonMeacham on November 03, 2009:

Squid Angel Blessings for an excellent lens.

PsyQuin on October 18, 2009:

This is brilliant.

Eklectik1 on July 26, 2009:

I enjoyed this lens...We hope to visit Scotland someday.

travelcast on May 27, 2009:

Brilliant lens. I'll definitely visit next time I come up to Edinburgh. Maybe I should make a lens about one of the pubs in Wales :)

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 19, 2009:

Great lens. Lensrolling to my Stornoway Scotland lens. I really enjoyed this read and would love to return to visit this pub.

Lizblueberry on May 18, 2009:

Your lens really makes me want to visit Scotland. You must be proud of Susan Boyle!

FitSteph on April 14, 2009:

Wow what a great blog! If anyone is looking for an easy online place to create a food journal This is one of my favorite health & fitness sites. It lets you track food, workouts, and calories!

LadyExpat on March 02, 2009:

Great lens. Traveled in Scotland many years ago. Would love to go back.

anonymous on March 01, 2009:

I'm sad that I missed The Last Drop when we were in Edinburgh! Guess we'll just have to make another trip:)

GHouse on December 06, 2008:

Hi!! Just come to see your nice lens. I did my travel lens too. It's about my hotel in hua hin Thailand. Hua Hin is a charming town of clean white sandy beach. If you come to Thailand, please visit us.

KimGiancaterino on November 25, 2008:

Thanks for adding this to All Things Travel. I've got you featured now, and be sure to check out the LOTD section!

EuroSquid LM on November 21, 2008:

Gordon: What a great lens. I love Edinburgh, a beautiful city. This pub sounds magical. Tell me, does The Last Drop offer Sticky Toffee Pudding? I fell in love with that stuff on a trip to Scottland a few years back. I ate it everyday I was there and have not found anywhere outside of Scottland. If you ever get stuck for a lens topic, May I suggest a lens on Sticky Toffee Pudding recipes?? I gave this lens 5 stars and I would give that one 5 stars too!

Valery504 LM on November 16, 2008:

Wow! I must visit Last Drop! Cool lens! Cool pub!:)

Very well written lens!

Thank you!

I've lensrolled you to my Interesting Places to Visit. Last Drop is really worthy place to visit;)



Dr-Cornelius on November 13, 2008:

Wow - great page. I've actually had a pint in here. Lived in Edinburgh for 3 years but left Scotland a year ago. Just started on Squidoo a week ago and I have so much to learn, judging by your sites. Excellent.

anonymous on November 12, 2008:

Looks like a great place. I like the Exorcist by the way. :)

Paul Hassing on November 11, 2008:

Very impressive site, Gordon. So varied and well constructed! You've set the standard to which I aspire. Many thanks!

papawu on October 05, 2008:

Even though I don't drink,I enjoyed your lens in which you virtually brought this pub to life. I have always wanted to visit Edinburgh Castle, or Scotland for that matter. Vivid nice work.

Gail47 on October 02, 2008:

I love this lens. Always wanted to visit Edinburgh and the Last Drop sounds like a perfect pub hangout.

Tammy Winand from McleodGanj HP India on September 22, 2008:

Hiya, I love Edinburgh although my stay wasn't nearly long enough. We went to a great pub in The Grassmarket that had an interesting history/haunted theme...don't thik it was the one you mention but not sure anymore...

thanks for sharing about this fabulous city!

5* and lensrolled to my Leicestershire lens!

bigqin on September 18, 2008:

The Last Drop is great! I also enjoy Finnegan's Wake, they have live music most nights and good craic always ;-)

surfchicky23 on September 18, 2008:

All we did in Edinburgh was drink and visiting this place was no exception.

VBright on September 17, 2008:

Wonderful work! No wonder it made lotD!

anonymous on September 15, 2008:

A most interesting read indeed! I look forward to checking out this pub if/when I am in Edinburgh.

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