NEWS Where to get a decent drink this festival

The month of August is a busy time of year for the Scottish capital, as wide-eyed and open-mouthed tourists descend on the capital for the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In fact, the cities’ population doubles in size, so that’s twice as many people looking for a decent drink.

The drinks trend has now developed similar aspects to that of the ‘foodie trend’; guests now really care about the ingredients that go into their drink. The trend of drinking less, but drinking better is surging across Edinburgh’s nightlife.

Here’s some tips on where to get a top quality drink served by a professional bartender:

Taken from Bramble’s Instagram page

Bramble: 16A Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JE 

Literally the best bar in Britain ( venture down the Queen Street venue’s mysterious but welcoming staircase to experience quality liquor like you’ve never experienced before…

Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar: 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX 

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society may seem like a special member’s club, which it is, but one of the most special things about this club is that anyone can visit their wonderful ground floor bar. Now in its 35th year, the SMWS must be doing something right with their exceptional array of the finest single cask whiskies money can buy. Oh, and their whisky cocktails aren’t half bad either…

Taken from Panda & Sons Facebook page

Panda & Sons: 79 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 4NF

The magnificent Panda… anyone who knows the Edinburgh drink scene will vouch for this local favourite. Disguised as an old school barbershop as an exterior, you then proceed through a bookcase (you heard me) to enter the venue, where you’ll be greeted by charming staff and some of the most imaginative drinks in the world…

The Permit Room: 3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD

A fantastic late-night cocktail bar with seriously good drinks hidden beneath the kitchen of Dishoom Edinburgh, open until 3am.

Taken from Bon Vivant’s Instagram page

The Bon Vivant: 51 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DY

Tucked away from the crowds on the hidden gem that is Thistle Street, The Bon V serves expertly made cocktails that will keep you coming back for more.

The Devil’s Advocate: 9 Advocate’s Cl, Edinburgh EH1 1ND

Visit if you want a great drink in a unique venue. Consistently flawless cocktails.

Enjoy the Edinburgh festival madness and remember to take time out and relax a little.


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