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Secret Bars In Edinburgh
Sure the Scottish capital may be home to plenty of sky-high venues and swanky hotel haunts, but to get to the really special spots? You have to look a little deeper. From underground jazz clubs to cosy cocktail lounges hidden behind barbershops, these secret Edinburgh bars promise to add an air of mystery to your next night out.
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Last updated on 16th January 2024
After a hidden cocktail bar in Edinburgh? Then underground den Bar Tonic is one to check out. Not only is there a sleek and cosy space, but the music-themed drinks list spans everything from Insane In The Champagne to Irn Maiden (yup, that one includes Irn Bru syrup).
Under The Stairs is a hidden gem tucked beneath the iconic George IV Bridge. This cosy spot is styled more like a living room than a drinking den, with roaring fires and comfy sofas perfect for sinking in to. Serving fine wines and vintage single malts, there is also a seasonal menu to explore.
Another secret speakeasy bar in Edinburgh, Cask Smugglers is inspired by Scotland's whisky smuggling past. As well as serving a selection of creative cocktails, this place also boasts a menu of mouthwatering Peruvian cuisine - perfect for those looking for a quirky night out in the city.
Ranked number 4 in the UK's Top 50 Cocktail Bars, Bramble is a hidden gem nestled into Queen Street. Regularly frequented by the city's bartenders, this place is a guaranteed winner when it comes to knock-out cocktails. Come the weekend? Expect live DJs and dancing 'til the wee hours.
Hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of Chambers Street, The Jazz Bar is a sleek live music venue showcasing some of the city's most exciting talent. Follow the vibrant neon lights and you'll find a low-ceiling space, complete with candlelit tables and a team of expert mixologists.
While Panda & Sons' facade may look like an old-fashioned barbershop, once inside you'll find a secret set of stairs hidden behind a bookcase. Descend down them and you'll be greeted with a lair of drinking, dancing and debauchery, where you'll be able to sip on some of Edinburgh's quirkiest drinks.