Edinburgh City Guide

Edinburgh is a city of many faces. It is home to Braveheart and to Trainspotting, to the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Festival. Its architecture, from its craggy hilltop Castle winding down to its Old Town medieval closes is hugely atmospheric.

Edinburgh is truly one of the great drinking cities of the world with the full range of bars. Its cocktail bartenders seem to strive to outdo one another in creating imaginative new drinks and in both their bars and their cocktails the city punches well above its relatively small size - its best challenging the best in London.

Edinburgh's best cocktail bars

Bon Vivant
55 Thistle St, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY

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Bon Vivant is a charming little place with the feel of an old-fashioned tea-shop. Defined as 'a person who enjoys the good things in life, especially good food and drink' this is truly a bar for Bon Vivants.

Bramble Bar & Lounge
16A Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE

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To quote owner Jason, "Named for Dick Bradsell's modern classic cocktail, Bramble is by name as Bramble is by nature: uncomplicated, inventive and downright tasty."

Devil's Advocate
9 Advocate's Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND

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From the same stable as Bon Vivant comes the Devil's Advocate, a bar and restaurant situated in the historical Old Town of Edinburgh, in a modernised Victorian pump house tucked away in Advocates Close.

Lucky Liquor Co
39A Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 3NH

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A quirky bar that is styled somewhere between soda parlour, ice-cream shop and cocktail bar, Lucky Liquor is aptly named after the fact the bar carries just 13 types of alcohol and offers 13 cocktails on a menu that changes every 13 weeks.

Panda & Sons
79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF

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The entrance to this speakeasy-style basement lounge bar is signed Panda & Sons Barbershop. Walls of bookshelves and vintage-style knickknacks such as old lamps and gramophones add to the loungy feel. And yes, there are stuffed pandas - not real ones obviously.

The Voyage of Buck
29-31 William Street North East Lane, Edinburgh, EH3 7NF
Themed around the fictional William 'Buck' Clarence, who the bar's marketing blurb says travelled to London and then fled with Prince Albert Victor following the Cleveland Street Scandal of 1889 to later return from his global adventures to Edinburgh. The cocktail list is inspired by Buck's travels.

Tales Of The Cocktail On Tour

Tales Of The Cocktail On Tour comes to Edinburgh 1st to 5th April 2017 and Bacardi Brown-Forman are hosting a series of Dynamic Duo events in partnership with some of Edinburgh's top bars.

Each bar will showcase a series of bespoke cocktails exclusively during the festival with one-off tasting menus curated by some of the world's most renowned cocktail experts, including Jack McGarry, Elliot Ball, Olly Brading and Marian Beke.

Participating bars and events:

The Bon Vivant - Celtic Connections
Sunday April 2nd 10:30pm - 12:30am
From Belfast to NYC to Edinburgh - the world's best bar, The Dead Rabbit, celebrates all things Celtic with Dewar's whisky in true Tommy Dewar style!

Lucky Liquor Co - Upcycling And The Art Of Bar Sustainability
Sunday April 2nd 10:30pm - 12:30am
An evening of zero waste bartending brought to you by the award winning teams from Lucky Liquor Co, Edinburgh and The Gibson, London. In partnership with the Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

Panda & Sons - Lords Of The Playlist
Monday April 3rd 10:30pm - 12:30am
Edinburgh bar, London take over, decadent cocktails and global headliners! An epic sound clash party brought to you by Cocktail Trading company, Panda & Sons and Bacardí

The Bon Vivant - The Connoisseur's Cocktail Club
Monday April 3rd 10pm - midnight
An evening of luscious libations, fanciful food and exceptional entertainment with The Bon Vivant, The Savoy Hotel and Martini Riserva Speciale.

Bramble Bar & Lounge - Sippin' on Gin and Juice
Sunday April 2nd 11pm - 1am
Classic hip hop and classic cocktails with a French twist brought to you by Titi and Christophe from Le Calbar, Paris, the Bramble team and Bombay Sapphire.

The Voyage of Buck - Pickling and Preservation
Monday April 3rd 10pm - midnight
Award winning bartender Jimmy Hulth, of Tjoget bar Stockholm and Voyage of Buck Edinburgh bring a Scottish, Scandinavian inspired menu of unique Patrón cocktails.

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