Cocktail Bars In Edinburgh

Whether you think that gin is king or you'd rather sip on something sweet, Edinburgh has got the goods when it comes to knock-your-socks-off cocktails. From swanky hotel bars that will keep your glass full right through 'til the early hours to secret basement drinking dens and student-friendly spots. Whatever your taste, style or budget, our guide to Edinburgh's best cocktail bars will have you raising your glass and toasting to good times for many Fridays to come.

Last updated on 25th January 2023


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Upgrade your cocktail game at the Dragonfly, Edinburgh's oldest bar. This best-loved venue is located within a former fire station and touts plenty of quirky touches, from unique chandeliers to potted plants. As for the drinks? Expect a range of signature and classic concoctions.


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Nestled beneath the New Town, Nightcap is an intimate hangout for sipping fun, inventive cocktails, including altered classics and signature sips. Our favourite? It has to be the Wild Honey, a subtle mix of gin, wildflower honey, fennel and jasmine.

Ballie Ballerson Edinburgh

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Combining an Edinburgh cocktail bar with a super-fun ball pit, Ballie Ballerson is the famous London venue that's now made a home in our Scottish city. Think £5 nostalgia-inducing drinks, diving into the balls and dancing to DJs.

The Raging Bull

274 user reviews 5

White chocolate martinis, G and Teas and cinnamon-infused margaritas are just some of the sips on offer at this brilliantly bizarre cocktail bar. However, it's the espresso martinis that The Raging Bull is most well-known for - take your pick from salted caramel, hazelnut, and orange variations of the coffee libation.

The Cocktail Mafia

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Did somebody say 37 different cocktails? The Cocktail Mafia did. Tantalise your tastebuds and head to Edinburgh's West End, for an extensive and fabulous selection of cocktails and a secret menu that can only be seen with a UV pen. Fancy.

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

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. 

Cask Smugglers

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A relatively new edition to Edinburgh's secret bar scene, Cask Smugglers offers vintage furnishings, retro tunes and incredible cocktails... but only for those in the know. Hidden away behind an unassuming door on Princes Street, this place is perfect for those nights when you're looking to impress.

Panda & Sons

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Styled as a vintage barbershop, Panda & Sons is one of Edinburgh's few purpose-built speakeasy bars. Sitting just off Charlotte Square, guests will find a basement drinking den decorated with vintage chairs, Victorian male grooming guides and a truly creative cocktail menu to rival any.

New Town's most lauded cocktail bar, Bramble has more than proved its worth since being named among the world's best last year. One look at their menu and you can see why though as the drinks on offer go beyond the classics to bring together flavours and ingredients in perfect harmony.


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Marrying the luxury of a hotel bar with the quirk of an edgy pop-up, the beautifully decorated Tigerlily boasts 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 here are always looking to try new things with their innovative creations. 

One of the coolest cocktail bars in Edinburgh, this relaxed and informal spot on Queen Street brings the heat with its very unique drinks list. You ever had seabass and red onion in a cocktail? Well now you can with the LLC Ceviche Sour. What about chorizo? Because their Liquid Lunch can sort you out for that too. We weren't lying when we said 'unique'.