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Written by Anne Marie McEwen|
Here are some of the best spots - from an insider's perspective.
Perhaps it has happened to you, like it has happened to me many a-time, to look for the cocktail menu and be met with bitter disappointment as you come across the same offerings - the boring Bloody Mary, Mojito, Cosmopolitan and other humdrum, done-to-death drinks.
Perhaps it has happened to you, like it has happened to me many a-time, to look for the cocktail menu and be met with bitter disappointment as you come across the same offerings - the boring Bloody Mary, Mojito, Cosmopolitan and other humdrum, done-to-death drinks. And then quitting and settling for a good old latte. However, read on, and we'll let you in on some of Edinburgh's alcoholic gems. Here are some of the best spots - from an insider's perspective.
1. Panda and Sons
79 Queen Street | Edinburgh
On the corner of Queen Street, A little treasure lies inside a subtle barbershop window, easy even for the locals to miss. You even find yourself confronted with a door disguised as a bookcase! As you venture downstairs, ambient background music meets your ears which complement the vintage décor, with real barber shop seats! With a great selection of drinks, the famous Birdcage cocktails for the more adventurous, house ale and wines are available- plus you get free complimentary popcorn at every table!
Don't worry, you'll know which book to pull out, I promise!
2. Bramble Bar
16A Queen St | Edinburgh
Perhaps the kind of bar you need to have inside knowledge about, location wise; but we've got you covered (trust me; Google Maps won't be your hero this time!)A fantastic prohibition era underground bar, you can find it in a basement on the corner of Queen Street, blink and you will miss it! A place where the craft and art of making cocktails lives strong and where you get your cocktail uniquely presented, in a tea cup or unusual vintage glass.
3. The Devil's Advocate
9 Advocate Close | Old Town, Edinburgh
This edgy establishment makes you feel like you are in a modern Game of Thrones, located in an imposing building with beautiful stone arches and exposed walls. This is an excellent restaurant and bar with great food and a fantastic lively atmosphere, with ambiance accented by shallow lighting and candles. What’s more is that you’ll have a huge wall of more than 200 whiskers to choose from, a fantastic selection of beers, wines, cocktails and spirits.
52 West Port | Old Town, Edinburgh
This bar is refreshingly modern, because a cocktail is more than a mix of drinks in a glass - it's a mind-set, a mood board, experience. Dragonfly provides you with an inventive menu which will leave you inspired.
26 George IV Bridge | Old Town, Edinburgh
A unique, gloriously gothic décor comprising of three bars over three levels, mirroring the look of Dr Frankenstein's laboratory, inside a 18th century church building on George IV Bridge. House specials include Dr Frankenstein and The Bride which are a must try and classic pub style Scottish food is served until midnight.
6. Voodoo Rooms
19a West Register Street | Edinburgh
The perfect balance between modern luxury and classic charm, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner, a business lunch or a catch-up with friends, while guaranteeing a buzzing atmosphere, privacy in the spacious booths and an elegant and distinctive aura. It's the kind of place that deserves visit even just to check out the interior design.
18 Haymarket Terrace| Edinburgh
A mesmerising variety of White Russians, all named after characters from the film and with accompanying quotes. In addition to this there are plenty of other drinks available to try if you don't enjoy the classic milky cocktail, as well as a great selection of delicious burgers among the traditional menu!
According to a UK-based study called “Friends on Tap” by the Campaign for Real Ale (“CAMRA”), people who regularly go to pubs actually end up happier, and potentially healthier, than the rest of us. Nightlife in Edinburgh is vibrant with lots of bars, restaurants, and social hang-outs. Any day of the week, you can find a place to listen to music, eat brilliant Scottish cuisine, or just relax and soak up the Edinburgh atmosphere.
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