UPDATED 17th August 2016
Picturesque, historical, hip and frequently hilarious thanks to the influx of world-class comedians every August at the Fringe Festival, Edinburgh proves you don’t have to leave the UK for a culturally-satisfying city break. The second most-visited city in Britain after London, Edinburgh is a must-see.
With its gothic architecture, rich history and countless restaurants and drinking dens, bookmark the very best spots at which to eat, sleep, drink and experience the Scottish capital…
There’s a relaxed, continental vibe to this restaurant and bar, which offers 44 wines served by the glass, carafe or bottle. There’s an ever-changing cocktail list and a vast selection of Champagnes to boot. Opt for a blind-tasting and discover smaller boutique wines you’ve never tried before.
The Devil’s Advocate
Situated inside an historic Victorian pump house, The Devil’s Advocate is best-known for its eclectic variety of Scottish and world whiskies. If that’s not your thing, the award-winning bartenders will mix you a delicious cocktail that’s sure to hit the spot.
In the heart of the Old Town you’ll find Monteith’s ‘Kitchen and Cocktails'. The bar staff pride themselves on offering a selection of classic tipples alongside unique creations like the Maharaja’s Express – Cardamom-infused Old Raj gin, mango, lime juice, mango chutney, turmeric syrup and egg.
Panda & Sons
This whimsically-named hidden bar is a cross between a prohibition-style speakeasy and a vintage barbershop. It’s known for crafty cocktail inventions and recipe tweaks, like the Super Tonic – Caorunn gin, almond syrup, fresh lemon juice, Martini Extra Dry, Angostura Bitters and a dash of tangy tonic water.
Voodoo Rooms blends dining and next-level cocktails with live entertainment (including performers from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), all housed inside a opulent, gilded venue. In other words, it has Saturday night written all over it.
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