After sweet Piña Colada, past minty Mojito, here comes a new/old trend for those who like to sip quality drinks: Gin. And when it comes to spirits, Edinburgh certainly knows what the world is talking about. Although it may be better known for its Whisky, the Scottish city is well stocked with places where you can have a signature Gin Tonic (or Lemon, or whatever version you may fancy). Here are some of The Italian Eye’s favorite Gin Bars in Edinburgh.
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2–8 West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH8 9JP.
Whether you are a gin connoisseur or a gin novice, 56 North will always have something to surprise you with. You can feel lost among 56 North’s range of over 200 gins. But the friendly staff will recommend you something that perfectly matches your taste. Must-try are the gin-and-cheese tastings. And the refreshing Curious Cucumber Tea: made with locally produced Hendrick’s Gin, rose syrup, cucumber, champagne and lemon juice.
Want more? Try one of their gin tasting master classes, to discover gins made from various botanicals.
The Jolly Botanist
256–260 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT.
With an original Victorian décor, The Jolly Botanist is one of the newest gin bars in Edinburgh, but it is already well-known among the gin-lovers. This café-cocktail bar offers over 60 brands of gin (its chosen speciality). Their classic G&T with Rock Rose gin deserves definitely a try… and don’t miss The Gin of the Week Club, to unearth unique tipples!
The Royal Dick
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.
Nestled away in the belly of Summerhall, in the former Royal School of Veterinary Studies, The Royal Dick welcomes you with cozy sofas and animal bones hanging on the walls. Although the pub may not have the largest selection of gins, it has the luck to be next door to the Pickering’s Distillery… So the gin is piped in directly from on of the greatest sources in town!
Heads & Tales
1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
Located in a city centre basement, this bar/mini-distillery made its debut in 2014. Edinburgh Gin is made here, and there’s a wide selection of creative gin-based cocktails. If you’re looking for a signature drink ask the staff to assemble a cocktail from a list of top-drawer small-batch gins and out-of-the ordinary fixings… And if you are feeling inventive? Make your very own gin creation either with Head and Tales special Gin it yourself four step cocktail system or by distilling some of your very own Edinburgh gin next door!
1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR
The modern and colorful bar One Square is homed at the Sheraton Hotel, with a gorgeous terrace on Festival Square. The bar and restaurant have their collection of 60+ gins with their very own branded spirit. One Square Gin is made at the Summerhall distillery in partnership with Pickerings Gin. With the summer coming, One Square Gin Fizz with fresh lime juice, elderflower syrup, mint leaves and soda water is simply divine.