UPDATED DECEMBER 2017
Picturesque, historical, hip and seasonally hilarious – thanks to the influx of world-class comedians every August at the Fringe Festival – Edinburgh proves you don’t have to leave the UK for a culturally-satisfying city break. With its gothic architecture, rich history and dynamic food and drink scene, this Scottish gem is the second most-visited city in Britain after London, and a must for any cultured explorer. Tempted much? We’ve whittled down the best spots to eat, sleep, drink and explore in the magical Scottish capital…
Voodoo Rooms blends dining and next-level cocktails with live entertainment (including performers from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), all housed inside a opulent, gilded venue. In other words, it has Saturday night written all over it.
19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA
While the bistro-style menu at this candlelit spot won’t disappoint – they offer 40 different wines served by the glass, carafe or bottle – it’s all about the cocktails at this romantic little haunt. There’s an ever-changing cocktail list and a vast selection of champagnes to boot, but if nothing particularly tickles your fancy, expert mixologists are on hand to make anything you want, as long as they have the ingredients. Or, for curious minds, opt for a blind tasting session and discover smaller boutique wines you’ve never tried before.
55 Thistle Street, EH21 1DY
The Devil’s Advocate
Situated inside a historic Victorian pump house (expect plenty of bare brick, beams and wood), The Devil’s Advocate serves up hearty, Scottish-inspired dishes alongside an impressive cocktail and whisky menu. Whatever you do, be sure to try Bodega No.11 – guaranteed to convert any non-whisky drinker.
9 Advocates Close, EH1 1ND
In the heart of the Old Town you’ll find Monteith’s ‘Kitchen and Cocktails'. The bar staff pride themselves on offering a selection of classic tipples alongside unique creations like the Maharaja’s Express – cardamom-infused Old Raj gin, mango, lime juice, mango chutney, turmeric syrup and egg white.
61 High Street, EH1 1SR
Panda & Sons
This whimsically-named hidden bar is a cross between a prohibition-style speakeasy and a vintage barbershop. It’s known for crafty cocktail inventions and recipe tweaks, like the Super Tonic – Caorunn gin, almond syrup, fresh lemon juice, Martini Extra Dry, Angostura bitters and a dash of tangy tonic water.
79 Queen Street, EH2 4NF
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