For the discerning dram drinker in need of a wee refreshment after the Anomaly, or even a little something to steady the hand the night before, agent sjhill presents a guide to things whisky-related for you to partake while you visit Edinburgh. A connoisseur of the Golden Nectar, he has visited and sampled at all of these fine institutions to ensure the highest possible quality! May we present …
A whisky drinker’s guide to Embra.
Specialist venues -
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (The Vaults, Giles St, Leith)
- The Society is a members-only haven in the middle of Leith, set just back from the Shore. Edinburgh Resistance has several SMWS members – please get in touch if you’d like to visit here and arrangements to be signed in can be made.
- The selection of exclusive single cask whiskies is second to none.
- Food: Aye – the bar menu is excellent
- Website: http://www.smws.co.uk/venues/The-Vaults-Leith
- Portals: “The Vaults” and “Porter’s Stone”
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Queen St)
- The second floor members’ room is open to the public.
- Single cask whiskies, drawn from over a hundred distilleries in Scotland, and with the occasional single cask Irish and American Whiskey too – well worth popping in if you’re in the city centre.
- Food: Aye – The “Dining Room” is excellent (may require booking) and the Members’ Room menu more limited than the Dining Room, but of a very high standard for pub type food.
- Website: http://www.smws.co.uk/venues/28_Queen_Street,_Edinburgh
- Portals: “The Scotch Malt Whisky Society”
The Scotch Whisky Experience (Royal Mile)
- An interesting blend of tourist guide to whisky manufacturing, and excellent bar. The tour is recommended for folk who do not have the time to visit a working distillery during their visit.
- Food: Aye – Restaurant is very good, but may require booking.
- Website: http://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/
- Portals: “The Witchery by The Castle” and “Camera Obscura”
The Bow Bar (West Bow)
- A wee bar tucked in on Victoria St / West Bow, which has a very impressive range of drams – from the ordinaries to the extraordinaries!
- Food: Naw
- Website: http://www.thebowbar.co.uk/
- Portals: “The Bow Bar”
Stockbridge Tap (Raeburn Pl, Stockbridge)
- CAMRA Edinburgh and Lothians pub of the year.
- Food: Aye
- Website: https://twitter.com/StockbridgeTap
- Portals: Occasionally, “Henderson Art Gallery” and “Bats in the Belfry”
Cloisters Bar (Brougham St, Tollcross)
- Superb selection of real ales – 5 guests, 4 regular. Good whisky selection, with a few gems.
- Food: Aye – Excellent seafood and the Ultimate Burger is heartily recommended!
- Website: http://www.cloistersbar.com/
- Portals: “All Saints Parsonage” and “St Michael and All Saints Church”
Teuchters (William St, West End)
- A bar hidden away on William St at the West End, which has an boggling selection of drams – try the Hoop of Destiny!
- Food: Aye – mug-based awesomeness
- Website: http://www.aroomin.co.uk/teuchters-west-end-bar/
- Portals: “West End Tourism”
Teuchters Landing (off Commercial St, Leith)
- A wee bar tucked away in Leith, with a really superb range of malts. Operated by the same folks as Teuchters at the West End.
- Food: Aye – great selection of mug-based meals, as well as pub staples like fish and chips.
- Website: http://www.aroomin.co.uk/teuchters-landing-bar-edinburgh/
- Portals: “Teuchters Landing”, “Teuchters Wall Mural” and “Teuchters Winching Spot”
So there you go! Edinburgh has over 700 bars and pubs, and although most feature a healthy selection of malts, the ones mentioned here are especially suited to the agent in search of a keen dram. Enjoy!