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.

Last updated on 22nd August 2022

Over at Stay Central's cafe, which you can find in the Old Town, they offer a whole range of tasty tipples for you to sink. It's also beautifully stylish, so you'll love getting stuck into the craft beers, nitro cocktails, wines and hard seltzers that are available.

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.

Cask Smugglers

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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.

Panda & Sons

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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.

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.