Scotland is practically synonymous with whisky for all the right reasons. The seemingly endless list of amazing distilleries, both big-name labels and small batch, is enough to make any whisky fan drool. So it’s no surprise really that Edinburgh, Scotland’s second largest city, is home to some of the UK’s most well-stocked and well-reviewed whisky bars. No matter what kind of blend you’re looking for, whether a well-aged whisky or something more modern, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for in these establishments.
Usquabae Whisky Bar and Larder
When picturing a whisky bar, you may imagine a close and intimate setting, low lighting and a stocked larder of amazing whisky, well, this is Usquabae. This underground gem is certainly not to be missed as the selection of whisky is really quite staggering! They offer a modest menu if you’re looking to grab a bite to eat. But, this place is not built for food, rather, to end the night on a high note as you sample some of Scotland’s finest blends. If you are looking for a more curated experience, then we’d suggest checking out the whisky tasting option as this will allow you to sample some of the finest whiskies they have to offer.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society takes whisky very seriously. Their location at 28 Queen Street is an establishment to behold. With four storeys containing a restaurant, whisky bar and selection of exclusive members-only lounges that are stocked to the brim with exciting and flavoursome bottles! They hold a steady rotation of events throughout the year, so if you’re planning a visit to the city, we’d suggest checking to see if any coincide with your trip.
Arcade Haggis and Whisky House
The suitably named Haggis and Whisky House located on the cobbles of Cockburn Street is something of a majestic sight to behold. The extensive range of whiskies would be enough to make even the most devout drinker’s eyes water, with over 100 different bottles. You can either pop in during the middle of the day for an afternoon dram, or head there in the evening for some freshly served haggis and a taste of their whisky. Their whisky menu can be seen on the website and ranges from entry level sips to speciality blends, including whiskies from across the world.
Whiski Bar and Restaurant
When a bar is named after the drink they serve, it can’t afford to be anything other than top-notch. Their food menus are equally as appealing with lunch and dinner offering a great range of Scottish inspired classics. There is also an Ardbeg menu which is heavily influenced by the use of Ardbeg whisky in the recipes. Their whisky tasting is a great chance to get an insight into the drinks they offer, with courses ranging from beginners to the most experienced whisky fan.
Part of the ‘a room in…’ chain, Teuchters Landing is a self-described whisky and beer pub that focuses on stocking a wide range of drinks, not just whisky, to suit everyone. The food menu brings a taste of Scotland to the plates they serve, with mentions of haggis across the menu. However, their whisky menu is another thing entirely, offering plenty of reasonably priced drinks along with a few more speciality blends. Teuchters Landing aims to be inclusive, so whether you’re with family, friends, or alone, you’ll be welcome there!
Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar
For those in search of something for something more opulent, the Michael Neave Kitchen and Whisky Bar will surely deliver. The a la carte menu showcases some of the exquisite dishes they prepare, with high-quality ingredients, while the express lunch menu gives you a chance to sample their cooking while on a tighter budget. Alternatively, the Saturday fixed menu allows you to sample three courses for under £15, a bargain that should not be missed! Having finished your meal, make sure you stick around to try some of the whisky on offer. Their menu offers anything from entry level sips to more refined whiskies depending on your appetite.
If you’re heading to Edinburgh, make sure you head to at least one of these amazing whisky bars! If you’re planning on pairing whisky with a nice cigar, you’ll need to pack your travel humidor to keep your sticks in top condition.