Best Whisky Bars in Edinburgh

Whisky really comes into its own over the winter months, when temperatures drop and thoughts turn to warming drams in front of cosy fireplaces. Explore Edinburgh’s favourite whisky spots from the winding streets of the Old Town to the majestic New Town you’re never far away from a great whisky bar to enjoy.

Amber Whisky Bar

Situated on the lower-ground floor of The Scotch Whisky Experience, Amber Whisky Bar continues the mission of the must-see Edinburgh attraction to inform and impassion people about Scotch Whisky.

The taste sensation of matching Whisky with Food under the expert guidance of Amber’s Whisky Advisors The illuminated bar allows for superior visual assessment of the 380 whiskies+ on offer and a wealth of information is offered both by the interactive touch screen distillery guide, and via the more traditional method of chatting with the knowledgeable and friendly bar team.

The restaurant offering in this ‘Taste our best’ accredited Restaurant is a highlight, from delicious Scottish tapas to a full three-course meal.

Address: 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE
Website: www.amber-restaurant.co.uk

Kaleidoscope

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has opened a new public whisky bar with over 200 whiskies on offer at Kaleidoscope, with a constantly changing menu of whisky flavours to explore. The SMWS only bottle from single casks, so each cask is unique and – by definition – a limited edition.

There will always be something new to try at this elegant option.

Address: 28 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JX
Website: www.smws.com/about/venues/kaleidoscope-edinburgh

The Devil’s Advocate

From the chaps behind The Bon Vivant, The Devil’s Advocate is a beautiful whisky bar in the Old Town. Space is atmospheric, with a bare brick and wood interior and a number of cosy booths through the back, but it’s the selection of whiskies which are the real pull to Devil’s. They stock over 100 types from all over the world, including a few speciality whiskies.

In the atmospheric surroundings of our old Victorian pumphouse, you can relax and enjoy a warm welcome and excellent service.

Address: 9 Advocate’s Cl, Edinburgh EH1 1ND
Website: devilsadvocateedinburgh.co.uk

The Black Cat

A Bespoke Bar in the heart of the city, The Black Cat is a cosy and sophisticated bolt hole, with a great outdoor seating area on Edinburgh’s atmospheric Rose Street. A hand-picked selection numbering some 100 fine Whiskies is complemented by local and international’s, ‘some of the finest coffee in Edinburgh’ and a menu of Scottish fayre. Dram Magazine made The Black Cat a ‘Scottish New Bar of the Year’s finalist. Traditional Scottish Folk music is performed live on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Late night Whiskies till 3 am during the Edinburgh International Festival –the perfect post-performance nightcap.

Address: 168 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BA
Website: www.theblackcatbar.com

The Abbey Bar

We visited The Abbey Bar on Friday There’s usually locals, professionals, students and visitors, all of whom find the welcome equally warm, and the selection equally impeccable. The 100+ range of Scotch Whiskies is served with pride and knowledge, and there are a few whiskies from further afield.
Complementing the whiskies is a full range of traditional beers, real ales, craft beers and lagers. This can be accompanied by traditional Scottish food, with the locally sourced game a particular speciality.

The Abbey, a family run pub, where you’ll get a real slice of Edinburgh life.

Address: 65 S Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9PP
Website: www.abbeybar.co.uk