Edinburgh Guide: Cocktail Bars

I love a good cocktail and this mini guide is dedicated to everything speakeasy; if you like cocktails, here are five Edinburgh cocktail bars you really don’t want to miss.  It’s my perfect Friday night if you fancy joining me?

(if the map isn’t working, you can also view it online)

1) Heads & Tales

Why? For gin of course, Heads & Tales is the home of Edinburgh Gin.
Try: the THYME 4 A BRU – Botanist, orange, raisin & Irn Bru! Served in an Irn Bru can.
Visit – Heads & Tales Bar

2) Panda & Sons

Why? Because this speakeasy-style bar is hidden in a barbershop. Just like the prohibition era.
Try: the BELLE ÉPOQUE FLIP – Grande Absente, Mandarin Napoleon, Bitter Truth Pimento Dram, Agave Nectar, Whole Egg with a dusting of Nutmeg on the top.
Visit – Panda and Sons

3) Lucky Liquor Co
Why? Because you need a dose of serious cocktail bar cool once in a while.
Try the SHERRY BLUSH – Palo Cortado sherry, lucky creme de noyeaux, raspberry syrup, vanilla, sugar, lemon and “disco sherbet”.
Visit – The Lucky Liquour Co

4) The Bon Vivant
Why? Because it is sultry, sexy and well, it won the Oscar’s of the cocktail world for being the  Best International Restaurant Bar at the Spirited Awards. So It has got to be good hasn’t it?
Try: DEATH LENDS A HAND  – RinQuinQuin Peach Aperitif, Orange Colombo Aperitif, Peychaud’s Bitters and Champagne. Bon Vivant also does fantastic food.
Visit: The Bon Vivant 

5) Bramble 
Why? The original new town hideaway and the start (in my opinion) of Edinburgh’s speakeasy tradition. They also have one of Edinburgh’s best music policies with DJs every Friday and Saturday night. 
Try: The Bramble of course.
Visit: Bramble Bar 

Love From Scotland does not condone heavy drinking AT ALL. You do not need a cocktail at each bar. Drink plenty of water and remember TO EAT. There, that is my advice.


  • Chloe - New Girl In Toon 20/08/2014 at 8:07 am

    BRILLIANT! Am going to save this link for next time I’m visiting Edinburgh!

    Chloe x

  • Paula 20/08/2014 at 11:00 pm

    You took us to Bramble before didn’t you? When we were doing the blogger weekend back in 2010? We must come through and join you in this pub crawl soon!x

    • smidge 22/08/2014 at 11:46 am

      I think so – and yes you def need to come through soon and do this! x

  • last year's girl 25/08/2014 at 9:53 am

    If only you had posted this before my own recent trip to Edinburgh! Guess I’ll just need to come back soon… x

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