Cool and Quirky Bars in Edinburgh

A bustling, metropolitan city like Edinburgh is always going to have its fair share of hidden watering holes, secret speakeasies and beautifully decorated nooks. Serving a delectable range of finely craft cocktails, an impressive selection of international wines and a whole load of craft beers, these bars offer their visitors a completely immersive experience. Here's a list of some of the most wonderfully bizarre and unusual bars the Scottish capital has to offer. 

Last updated on 17th February 2020

The Raging Bull

12 user reviews 5

The Raging Bull is a fantastically wacky cocktail bar located in the city centre serving up some of the best espresso martinis in Edinburgh. Try out one of their hazelnut, salted caramel or orange-flavoured variations and just see for yourself why they've gained such a name for themselves.

A haven for Mexican-inspired street food and exotic cocktails, Wahaca is the brainchild of a former Masterchef champion, Thomasina Miers. Stop by for fragrant street-food flavours, tequila mixes and flowing cervezas.

Cold Town House

4 user reviews 3

With a variety of eight wonderful craft beer creations piped directly from their onsite brewery, Colds Town House really is a gem. To top it off, their rooftop boasts truly incredible views of the castle opposite, perfect for summer months.

Heads & Tales

1 user review 5

From cocktails that defy reason to unique and interesting interiors, Heads & Tales is a must for those looking for something a little different. With cocktails that are scorched with hot flames, served in teapots and utilise an eclectic selection of international spirits, each creation is a unique experience in itself. 

Panda & Sons

3 user reviews 5

Hidden away on the corner of Charlotte Square, Panda & Sons transports its guests to America's Prohibition era. Disguised as a barber shop, this secret speakeasy is decked out with quaint antiques and old school barber chairs, and is home an impressive arsenal of spices, spirits and fruits.


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Halfway between Old Town and Fountainbridge, this chic little cocktail bar has some of the best drinks offering in the city. With a collective of fun, talented bartenders with more than a few tricks up their sleeve, their menus showcase character, flair and unique ingredients.

Once you're done feasting on delicious Indian plates at Dishoom, head down to The Permit Room for a taste of Parsi culture. Step back in time to 20th century Bombay with theatre-inspired artwork, frosted glass screens and knock-out that cocktails such as The Pila House Sling, made with coconut tequila.

As a sleek, sophisticated and wonderfully unusual bar in Edinburgh, The Lucky Liquor Co's talented line-up of mixologists let their imaginations run wild when it comes to creating cocktails. Adventurous city revellers will be thrilled to discover the extensive array of quirky creations. 

Elegantly quirky by day, and explosively wild at night, 99 Hannover Street is dedicated to all things vintage. With Beatles-inspired sofas, low-hanging chandeliers and golden gilded mirrors, the team behind this venture have rolled back the clock to time when flared trousers were actually popular.

Appearance is everything here, so expect to be served extravagant looking drinks and neatly produced dishes by a team of perfectionists. Maintaining an air of elegance whilst somehow holding onto a devil-may-care attitude, Bon Vivant is one unique bar that won't be easily forgotten.

The Devil's Advocate

2 user reviews 5

There's something wonderfully reassuring about The Devil's Advocate. From the rustic decor to the welcoming atmosphere, there are few better places to grab a few drinks with your closest friends, plus their beautifully crafted cocktails are accompanied by over 200 different whiskeys.