A whisky drinker’s guide to Embra

Uisge beatha.

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.

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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)

Pubs -

The Bow Bar (West Bow)

Stockbridge Tap (Raeburn Pl, Stockbridge)

Cloisters Bar (Brougham St, Tollcross)

Teuchters (William St, West End)

Teuchters Landing (off Commercial St, Leith)


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!