Cocktail bars are always at the top of my list to research because who wants to sip on the same boring drink?! Edinburgh knows how to make a mean cocktail and my list was bursting at the seams with recommendations but I only had 3 days to fit all these alcoholic beverages down my gullet.
Rest assured, I gave it a good go and I managed to visit my Top 5...yay! So if you are heading to Edinburgh and are a lover of Cocktails, make sure you add these to your must do list. I have listed my cocktail recommendations and a price guide at the top of each bar, hope it helps.
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79 Queen St | $$ | Russian Spring Punch £10
Hands down my favourite out of all the bars. It's a Speakeasy so already I expect big things. The exterior of the shop advertises a Barber Shop, Claire and I were like, have we come to the wrong place? You walk down the stairs, through a bookcase and into a replica of a Prohibition bar...SOLD.
The waitresses were attentive, they knew what to suggest and the service impeccable, they even gave some nibbles which is always a nice touch. Russian Spring Punch - Vodka, Raspberry Liqueur, Creme de Cassis, Lemon Juice topped with Champagne - super refreshing.
89 Rose Street | $$ | No Sleep til Brooklyn
We were recommended this corker of a bar by a waitress at Urban Angel and what a bar it is. With an unassuming exterior, modelled on a Private Detective Agency and styled with low lighting, suave Bartenders and an array of cocktails; this bar oozes cool and nails the Speakeasy.
It's an intimate bar, perfect for cozying up to a loved one or just catching up with your bestie (shout out to Claire, my partner in crime). No Sleep Til Brooklyn was so good I had to have seconds, if it ain't broke don't fix it right?
44 St. Stephen Road, Stockbrige | $$
After demolishing a delicious platter at Smith & Gertrude, I needed a sweet cocktail, The Last Word is literally a few minutes walk so was the perfect pit stop out of the rain. As cosy as they come, the fire was roaring, lighting low and the atmosphere high. Snuggle down next to the fire and while away the hours.
The Bartender was second to none here, beyond attentive as he made us our own cocktails based on our likes and dislikes. The cocktails were heavenly, we ended up having three here..whoops. Each time he made us a different drink to fit our next fancy.
125 George Street | $$ | Livener £10
All the bars up until now have been dark, moody and cosy, say hello to the opulent, modern and very pink, Tigerlily. If you want to take lots of pretty pictures whilst not compromising on the quality of the cocktails this is your jam.
The Livener was simply refreshing and the perfect end to our first night in Edinburgh. It's also a boutique hotel, so if you like the look of this decor, stay here as the location is perfect for your stay.
55 Thistle Street | $$ | French Maid £8.50
We stumbled into this bar opposite El Cartel Mexicana (small bites and frozen Margaritas, you're welcome) and were met with a long list of delicious cocktails. Typical Cocktail bar style with candles, hidden corners, and excellent table service. There was a lovely atmosphere in here and the food smelt divine.
We added some small bites to our cocktails which were simply stunning. I had the French Maid - Vodka, Elderflower, Wine and Citrus, all for £8.50.
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What do you think of my list? Does anything take your fancy? Please get involved and let me know any cocktail recipes or bar suggestions...I am all ears but mainly eyes as we are online :p