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Bramble

Bramble Bar has spawned three other equally delectable drinking dens beside it across the city, but this is the original, and arguably, the best of the trio. A subterranean refuge we’d happily never resurface from.

The Last Word Saloon

This subterranean Stockbridge hangout is as intimate as it gets, with cosy leather arm chairs, dimmed lighting and roaring open fires. The perfect choice for a first date, their cocktails menu is extensive and the waiters incredibly attentive. Try ‘who dares wins’ for citrusy gin-based drink or the Arnaud’s No.6 with black bottle whisky and hibiscus syrup for something a little meatier.

Lucky Liquor

Run by the team behind Bramble, Lucky Liquor is the aforementioned Bramble’s cool sibling. Impossible to miss for its “Lucky” neon sign outside, this newly opened New York-style bar features retro teal chairs and a monochrome tiled floor. Confining itself to 13 cocktails and 13 spirits on any given night and changing seasonally, is more than reason enough to sample half a dozen concoctions before they’re gone from the menu. Try the Megawatt – it is made with a pisco base and comes serves in a light bulb.

The Sheep Heid

Established in 1603, this small Duddingston inn is the oldest pub in Scotland. With its dark wooden interior, leather armchairs arranged around a fireplace and more board games than you could ever have wished for as a child, this is one of the city’s cosiest corners.

Jazz Bar

Edinburgh nightlife is not as vibrant or dynamic as its cooler sibling, Glasgow. The string of nightclubs on George Street cater for cheesy classics but what Edinburgh does best is kept relatively quiet. Over in Old Town sits a jazz den of pure, unadulterated musical pleasure. A night spent listening to live music, drink in hand and surrounded by fellow music lovers is always going to be a night well spent.

Sneaky Pete's

More of a gig venue than a nightclub, Sneaky Pete and his 200-capacity room host some of the best live music in town. With a strong loyalty to local artists, expect to see some of Scotland’s hottest exports such as Rustie, Eclair Fifi and Frightened Rabbit inside of these four walls.

Panda & Sons

Speakeasies are now well and truly engrained in Edinburgh’s drinking scene. Panda & Sons is hidden not only behind a barbershop but also behind a bookcase – meaning astuteness is key to getting inside. Here, cocktail concoctions arrive in smoking bell jars, meaning couples can (and often do) “get acquainted” through the fog. If you’ve a predilection for whisky, go for The Boulevardier or Robinson Caruso.

Scottish Malt Whisky Society

Scottish Malt Whisky Society’s original home down in Leith transports you back to the age of Scottish enlightenment, tucked away in the sordid streets of the former port-side district of disrepute. The Queen Street residence is a more central refuge and includes a restaurant for those who can’t bear to tear themselves away back to their own flats in the real world.

Heads and Tails

Located in the basement of the Rutland hotel, Heads and Tails is one of the best bars in Edinburgh’s West End. Serving up tapas-style sliders at pretty competitive prices, there’s no need to call heads or tails when it comes to deciding where to go post-work – everyone’s already en route here.

Bramble

The Last Saloon

Lucky Liquor

The Sheep Heid

Jazz Bar

Sneaky Pete's

Panda & Sons

Scottish Malt Whisky Society

Heads and Tails

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