Official Guide to Edinburgh
  • 11°C

The Wine Lover's Guide to Edinburgh

23 September 2017

This week we have teamed up with travel bloggers Hello Ivy and Eve who have been exploring Edinburgh's top wine hotpots. So, raise a glass and read on to discover the best places to relax and enjoy a leisurely glass in the city... 

While wine may not be the first thing you think about when visiting Edinburgh, that doesn't mean there isn’t plenty of amazing places to satisfy the wine lover in you. Edinburgh is home to some of the best wine bars and restaurants we have ever been to, and that’s saying something! We can’t think of many better ways to spend an afternoon, cozying up in one of these spots with a glass of wine, a bite to eat, and a friend or two.

Here is our list of favorite locations for wine connoisseurs and casual wine drinkers to visit in Scotland’s capital city.

The Fat Pony

Fat Pony

47 Bread Steet, EH3 9AH

They may be the new kid on the block, but owner David Ramsden is no rookie to the business. David is the mastermind behind The Dogs, a longtime favorite restaurant of ours in Edinburgh. The Fat Pony wine bar is situated in the Haymarket area of the city and is a must for any wine enthusiast. The menu consists of a large ever-changing wine list available by the glass and bottle, several amazing hand-crafted cocktails (the bloody mary is to die for), and delicious small bites. Not to mention their knowledgeable and hilarious staff! We can’t wait to see where this place goes.

Smith & Gertrude

SG

26 Hamilton Place, EH3 5AU

Located in Stockbridge, this hip wine bar is a cheese, charcuterie, and wine lover's wonderland. We love their wine flight option, which changes weekly. We can see why it’s their best seller. They also offer a huge selection of wines by the glass and by bottle. There is plenty of room for large and small groups, or grab a seat at their communal centre table and make some new friends! If you stop by on a Sunday, bring in your own vinyl and play DJ while drinking great wine.

Goya 23

Goya 23

30 North West Circus Pl, EH3 6TP

Situated in Edinburgh’s area of Stockbridge, Goya 23 specializes in Spanish wines and also has several interesting sherry flights on their menu. There is a large selection of wines you can purchase for in-house consumption or to take back home. The service is exceptional, with the staff helping guide you through the wine selection process based on your own unique wine preferences. They also feature a nice tapas menu to nibble on while you enjoy your wine. If you’re in a hurry, stop in and purchase their to-go wines, charcuterie, and tapas!

Veeno

Veeno

76 Rose Street, EH2 2NN

Conveniently located on Rose Street, in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town (with another in Quartermile), this wine bar is an awesome place to take a break from the bustling streets beyond. They do everything from flights to a killer weekday lunch deal: sandwich/salad and a wine/beer/prosecco/soda for the price of the main. Need we say more? One of the most interesting things about their menu is that all the wines come from their family estate vineyards in Sicily, and offer authentic Italian spuntini (Italian style tapas) from ingredients sourced solely from Italy.

Vino

Vino

26 North West Circus Place, EH3 6TP

With three locations within Edinburgh, the Stockbridge location is our favorite bottle shop. One half of the store lined with neat shelves of hand selected wines and the other a large selection of beer, liquor, and snacks. Vino features Scotland's first Enomatic wine tasting machine, giving customers the opportunity to try up to 8 wines before purchasing.

Henri

Henri

48 Raeburn Place, EH4 1HL

This French delicatessen is also located in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. At the front of the shop they feature items delivered fresh from the markets of France each week. Henri features Scotland’s largest selection of french cheeses and and an amazing selection of wines you can enjoy there or take-away. Henri is complete with a small but airy café located at the back of the shop, open for lunch and dinner and which features a fantastic menu of locally sourced produce. We recommend their salads, sandwiches, and charcuterie platters and suggest pairing them with a French rosé or another small-batch wine on their list.

Ecco Vino

Ecco Vino

19 Cockburn Streer, EH1 1BP

Despite being located just off the Royal Mile, this restaurant is surprisingly quiet and non-touristy. With a great wine list and affordable meals this is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or spend a few leisurely hours sipping wine and enjoying the company. We recommend trying their Mackerel Ravioli and the Skipper's catch of the day!

Toast 

Toast

65 Shore, EH6 6RA

Leith's first wine café, which opened only a few weeks ago, has been delighting punters with its casual coffee, wine and food offering. Toast serves simple yet imaginative food alongside a carefully-curated wine list. Enjoy your tipple by the glass, or sommelier Seli Shama (pictured) can create a bespoke tasting menu to suit your tastes. 

Discover more tempting food and drink >