Edinburgh's Top Cocktail Bars
29 September 2021
- food and drink
Edinburgh's bar scene boasts some of the best and most varied establishments in Scotland, with mixologists serving new, exciting cocktails alongside the classics all year round.
Whether you're looking for a place to unwind after work, somewhere to celebrate the festive season with friends, or just want to try something new, read on for some of the finest that Edinburgh has to offer the cocktail connoisseur...
Offering an upbeat vibe that creates an inviting and vibrant atmosphere for city dwellers and guests alike, Epicurean serves aromatic infusions and colourful cocktails using home grown flowers and herbs from Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile’s EvoGro hydroponic.
Located on the ground floor of Radisson Collection Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh, the bar is at the heart of one of the bustling city's many social hubs. Enjoy cocktails, Scottish and Mediterranean spirits as well as an all-day dining menu - and if you fancy having a go yourself, their Mixology Masterclasses will have you stirring and blending like a pro in no time.
1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD.
Priding itself on being one of Edinburgh’s most innovative cocktail bars, Juniper has established a reputation in the city as a go-to destination for creative cocktails that don’t disappoint, with stunning views across the city from its prime and central location on Princes Street.
The focal point of Juniper is the striking copper bar where each cocktail is crafted to order. Not sure what ask for? Try Smoke on the Water (Smokehead whisky, White peach, Lemon, Peach Iced Tea) or how about an Edinburgh Sbagliato (Edinburgh Gin, Campari, Punt e Mes, Irn Bru).
Feeling peckish? They also offer a range of delicious light bites from early till late, which change on a regular basis.
20 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AN.
Badger & Co
Occupying the former of home of Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame, and inspired by the likes of Mole, Badger and Mr Toad, Badger & Co proudly takes a traditional yet uniquely quirky approach to everything from food and drink to the décor.
Cocktails such as Mr Toad’s Tea Party (Edinburgh Elderflower Gin, Italicus, Lemon, Earl Grey Syrup) and Too Hot for Tweed (Naked Grouse, Ancho Reyes, Lime, Pineapple, Yuzu Syrup) head up a truly individual and delightfully unconventional list of drinks. One not to miss.
32 Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3HT.
Foundry 39 combines a cool and industrial vibe with a real sense of fun and a welcoming atmosphere, hosting live funk and soul music every Friday. The establishment sets itself apart with its specialty in smoked cocktails, served theatrically with plumes of smoke.
The rest of the cocktail menu is just as exciting, with enough variation to draw you back in time and time again. Try the Blackberry & Cucumber Smash (No. 3 Gin, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, apple, vanilla, lemon, blackberry & cucumber) or Rose Tinted Glasses (Bombay Sapphire Gin, Lanique Spirit of Rose Liqueur, lychee, apple, lemon & rose). Food portions are generous - so come hungry!
39a Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4RA.
Heads & Tales Gin Bar
Billing itself as Edinburgh's 'hidden gem' and known for being the home of Edinburgh Gin, Heads & Tales serve a mixture of classic, contemporary blends & fresh innovations, all of which comprise an exciting range of cocktails.
If gin-based cocktails are your thing, try out Hooked on a Feeling (Edinburgh Gin, Aperol, Cacao Blanc, strawberry, Peychaud’s bitters & citrus), or how about a Green Orchard (Porter’s Tropical Old Tom, Banane du Brasil, Pineapple & Star Anise bitters, citrus, Pineapple Paint). Heads & Tales is definitely worth a visit - and while you're there make sure you check out their gin stills, Flora and Caledonia.
1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD.
The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen
One for literature lovers, Printing Press celebrates Edinburgh's rich literary heritage, housed in a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse that was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier, who counted Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns amongst her admirers.
The cocktail menu is varied with concoctions like Bramble (Beefeater gin, lemon, crème de mûre) and Mimosa (Blood orange Cointreau, orange, Hattingley Valley Brut NV).
21-25 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
Nineteen Hundred Bar & Lounge
Part of the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, Nineteen Hundred Bar & Lounge is situated in the heart of the city centre on North Bridge - an iconic element of the city centre and a stone's throw from the Royal Mile.
A stunning interior and its location between the Old and New Towns make Nineteen Hundred Bar & Lounge a must-visit for residents and visitors of the city looking for an inventive and opulent cocktail menu.
19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD
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Bramble Bar has secured itself a spot as one of Edinburgh's go-to cocktail bars, with a relaxed atmosphere that focuses on finely crafted drinks.
Cocktails range from Grand Central (gin, cacao vermouth, marshmallow & fizz) to the Biscuit (Bourbon, cacao, acorn & hazelnut). Delicious.
16a Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JE
With a reputation to be proud of, and with a finger held firmly on the pulse of global trends in mixology combined with staffmembers' own personal tastes and experiments, you can always be sure of true individuality and originality in Tigerlily’s cocktail menu.
And with over 100 recipes on their ever-evolving list, deciding may take a while!
125 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JN
Prefer a dram to a cocktail? In Edinburgh you're never far from a great whisky bar - check out our guide to The Top 10 Whisky Bars in Edinburgh >