Top Bars for a Hogmanay Cocktail
22 December 2017
Edinburgh has a thriving cocktail scene, with a remarkable number of highly innovative cocktail bars within easy walking distance of each other. As Hogmanay approaches, here’s a rundown of five bars in Edinburgh to consider if you’re looking to bring in the new year somewhere special
The Permit Room
This beautiful Bombay-themed basement bar is Edinburgh’s best-kept cocktail secret. Its exceptional cocktail menu features bespoke tipples with an Indian twist created especially for Edinburgh, such as the Marzban’s Fizz (smoked Chikoo – Indian pear – and Johnnie Walker Black Label, topped with a soda fizz). For the designated drivers, there’s also an impressive array of ‘copy tipples’, its alcohol-free drinks which look and taste exactly like cocktails. Unlike most of the city’s bars, which close at midnight or 1am, The Permit Room is open until 3am. With a low-lit, refined atmosphere, it’s the perfect place for a late-night cocktail.
The Permit Room can be found beneath Dishoom, 3A St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD
The newest bar on the block, Kin, which opened in November, can be found hidden away behind a door on the corner of Barony Street just off Broughton Street. Run by familiar faces on the cocktail scene, Sam Baxendale and Jody Buchan, it’s an intimate basement bar with a carefully curated cocktail list and tasty food. With a new cocktail menu unveiled in December, now’s the time to discover this excellent addition to the city’s cocktail scene.
Kin,1 Barony Street, Edinburgh
Bryant & Mack Private Detectives
Another secretive spot, Bryant & Mack is an intimate and atmospheric speakeasy-style bar hiding behind a deceptively scruffy exterior just off Rose Street. It may look closed but don’t be fooled; behind the door, you’ll discover immaculate styling, a meticulously curated cocktail menu and a friendly team behind the bar. On the smaller side, it’s perfect for couples and small groups – best to try and reserve a table at weekends as it can get busy.
Bryant & Mack, 89 Rose Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 3DX
From the team behind Edinburgh’s pioneering cocktail bar, Bramble, this stylish bar is unique, with a rotating menu of 13 spirits and 13 cocktails that changes every quarter. The team is incredibly creative, using special techniques like clarification and gadgets such as a filtration unit, as well as making most of their own ingredients. With a vinyl-only approach to music, great beers (including their own Smoke in Your Rye) and super-friendly staff, this one is a must.
Lucky Liquor, 39A Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 3NH
The Devil’s Advocate
Tucked away down a classic Edinburgh close off the Royal Mile, The Devil’s Advocate has one of the most beautiful bars in the city. Housed in an old Victorian pump house, the back bar is a sight to behold with an enormous array of rare spirits, including more than 200 whiskies. The inventive cocktails, such as the Cask To Cup, featuring Nikka Japanese whisky, Fino Sherry, Wasabi honey and Soy sauce, are outstanding, as is the service from the highly knowledgeable staff. As a bonus, there’s a dining area on the mezzanine level too.
The Devil’s Advocate, 9 Advocates Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND