Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar has just been named the best in the UK at the recent Top 50 Cocktail Bar awards, a title that follows a long list of other accolades including being amongst the worlds top 50 bars in 2013. So as a nod to this, we thought it only fair to round-up the best bars in Edinburgh to give you a choice of tipples, aside from whisky.
The interior of Copper Blossom is simply stunning, set against exposed brickwork and brimming with artwork by Edinburgh artist Lynsey Jean Henderson. Enjoy a drink, or two, against the backdrop of landscape botanical murals and hand-painted distressed florals by the entrance.Matching this delicate and alluring interior theme are equally attractive drink options, with drinks made with in-house ingredients including clarified juices, infused spirits and fruit syrups including grenadine. Located in a basement property on buzzing George Street, the bar aims to pull you in with its attractive exterior of hanging ivy and lanterns.
Where: Basement 107 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
The Printing Press
Like the amuse-bouche of the bar world, The Printing Press screams pre, or post dinner drinks in cocktails dresses and suits with its pristine interior and dim lighting to give it an intimate atmosphere. The Printing Press, synonymous with its name, is very expatriate writers gather in Paris in the 1920s vibe, with a literary menu from writers’, or indeed characters’, favourite tipples to drinks inspired by their words. On the literary menu is The Secret Garden with lemon balm and lavender-infused Bombay Sapphire gin, lillet blanc, elderflower, celery bitters and prosecco, or The Old Man and the Sea, with Havana 7-year-old rum, maraschino, grapefruit, lime, sugar.
Other drink selections include whiskies, gin, and cocktails, with the opportunity to make your on using Prosecco or Champagne CYOC.
Where: 21-25 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
For those who like to be amongst the action, 99 Hanover gives you all ends of the spectrum. Whether you’re up for a beer after work or whether TGIF has you dancing the night away, it’s a boujee den filled with flickering candles, decadent lighting, stone walls and opulent drapes. Oh, and the drink selection is top notch too, with classic cocktails like the old fashioned or negroni on offer, or mo mango or pineapple daiquiri for something a little different… and to transport your mind to somewhere a little warmer than Scotland’s capital.
Where: 99 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ
The Devil's Advocate
Devil’s Advocate is the ideal spot to try if you’re getting your tourist on in the city. Situated in the historical Old Town of Edinburgh, in an old Victorian pump house in Advocates Close, the bustling post-work drinks atmosphere is perfect for a drink or two. Or, enjoy a bottle of wine in the intimate boots set aside from the main bar area.
With a 400 strong whisky shelf to, you’re bound to get the full Scottish experience.
Where: 9 Advocate's Cl, Edinburgh EH1 1ND
The Dome at Christmas sees people charging their phones just to make sure their battery lasts through the onslaught of photo-taking of its incredible interior. Incredible isn’t a word to be thrown around lightly, but The Dome’s grandiose and extravagant interior really is worthy of this descriptor, with a range of rooms including the Grill Room as pictured, where a range of drinks and cocktails can be enjoyed.
Where: 14 George St, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2PF
When a website starts with “good drinks of Edinburgh, we warmly invite you to step inside”, we’re pretty much straight over the threshold. Especially when it’s into The Permit Room at Dishoom, a space dedicated to delicious drinks, great music and a whole load of cheer.
Its name recalls the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949, which states that all tipplers are required to have a permit to consume alcohol. Rest assured, this no longer applies, so you’re more than able to try their cocktail list of Marzban’s Fizz, The Pila House Sling, and more.
Where: 3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD
I guess this bar had to be included…why? Well, only because it has just been nominated as the UK’s best far. No biggie, right? Wrong! Bramble has long been regarded as one of the top venues in the capital, often mentioned in the same breath as the World’s most renowned bars. Tucked away, its hidden nature adds to the intrigue surrounding the intimate space. In other words, it’s one of those bars where you have to be in the know to go. However, here we are telling you about it, so its a given that you’ll try and hunt it out when in Edinburgh.
The drinks menu balances classic cocktails and concoctions, but of what? Well, we’ve given too much away already, so you’ll have to find that out for yourself!
Where: 16A Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JE
Panda & Sons
Panda & Sons is an adventure from the start. Disguised as a barber shop, the bar fuses the classic Prohibition style Speakeasy whilst giving a nod to the Vintage style Barbershop.
The theme inside is, yep you guessed it, barber shop, with the classic chair and waiter’s dressed in great barber gear. The cocktail list is just as crazy as the place itself, and we love it. This includes the Tiki Takeaway, which is essentially a cocktail in a take away box, and the Birdcage cocktail, as pictured.
Where: 79 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 4NF
Paradise Palms is an absolute must-visit, mainly because its interior just has to be experienced, taking quirky and eccentric to a whole new level of random paraphernalia everywhere. As well as being a bar, Paradise Palms is a record store, label and purveyor of good quality tropical, with cocktails in tea pots and palms twists including the shrubbin’ one out and Ricky Martini.
Where: 41 Lothian St, Edinburgh EH1 1HB
Sheraton Grand Hotel
The Sheraton Grand Hotel is an Edinburgh must-visit, (or must-stay if we’re being quite honest)! Found inside is the bar at One Square, a sleek space with polished interior that really gives off city vibes, creating an idyllic atmosphere for trip takers one and all. Heading off to dinner? Have a pre dinner drink by choosing from the 90 different varieties of gin, including their own One Square Gin made by hand by Pickering’s at Summerhall Distillery in the city. Located a stone’s throw away from all the action, the bar has a city centre location meaning you can take your tipple time.
Where: 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR