Cocktail Bars in Edinburgh

Whether gin is king in your books or you'd rather sip on something laced with whisky, one thing we can all agree on is that every good night out in Edinburgh has to feature exquisite cocktails. Luckily, the Scottish capital is home to an army of talented bartenders and mixologists, all experts in the art of turning ordinary spirits, liqueurs and fresh fruits into mind-blowing concoctions. For your tasting pleasure, we've pulled together a list of the very best cocktail bars in Edinburgh, featuring sleek hotel venues, student-friendly dive party spots and cosy watering holes. 

Last updated on 29th July 2019

Easily the swankiest venue in Edinburgh, The Balmoral Bar is the Roger Moore of cocktail bars. Based in the world-famous Balmoral Hotel, the bar's velvet furniture, chandeliers and sleek furnishings create an opulent vibe that's matched by the bar's incredibly complex cocktails. With Scotland's leading mixologists pulling the strings here, this luxurious cocktail bar simply doesn't know how to disappoint. 

Marrying the luxury of a hotel bar with the quirk of an edgy pop-up, the beautiful decorated Tigerlily boast one of the most impressive cocktail menus in town. Split up into various sections and using a wide range of different spices, fruits, spirits and liqueurs, the mixologists behind the bar are always looking to try new things with their cocktail creations. 

Heads & Tales

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Home to some of the city's finest shakers and master mixologists, the Heads & Tales team have crafted a superb cocktail menu of unique and moreish tipples, from twists on the classics, to something entirely different. On top of that, they've got one seriously impressive gin list that would humble even the most knowledgeable juniper junkie. 


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Based just a short stroll away from the iconic Grassmarket, Dragonfly is a cocktail bar that reached new heights by keeping things simple. While others in the city have gone for an in-your-face look and serve the quirkiest creations, the team at this spot simply serve their guests classic and signature recipes in a laid back, relaxed environment.

Throwing bunting, huge indoor plants, kitsch antiques and vibrant tropical cocktails all into one snug venue, Paradise Palms on Lothian Street is a cocktail bar in Edinburgh that just refuses to sit still. While the decorations continue to get louder and more outrageous, the cocktail menu follows the same path, constantly evolving and featuring drinks that'll make you feel as if you're on a Polynesian beach.