The Wine Lover's Guide to Edinburgh
16 August 2019
- food and drink
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
The Fat Pony is the latest venture of David Ramsden, who is no rookie to the Edinburgh hospitality 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!
47 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AH (0131 339 5770)
Smith & Gertrude
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.
26 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh EH3 5AU (0131 629 6280)
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.
76 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NN (0131 225 3239)
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.
26 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6TP (0131 225 6998)
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!
19 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP (0131 225 1441)
Leith's first wine café, which opened in 2017, 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.
65 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA (0131 467 6984)