Something A Little Different in Edinburgh

Though a night out at your local is fine, it's nice to try something a little different every once in a while. Whether you're looking for a quirky cocktail bar or are instead looking for a new restaurant with a bit of extra character, these venues are all perfect for anyone looking to take a big step outside of their comfort zone. From secret speakeasies decorated as a Victorian barber shop to cocktail bars inspired by the Rio De Janeiro's street side watering holes, there's always something a little different in Edinburgh for you to try on for size. 

Last updated on 13th August 2019




An all day venue that moulds itself to match whatever vibe you're looking for, The Refinery St Andrews Square is a homely bar that celebrates Scottish culture in everything it does. From a hearty food menu to tartan-clad furniture, the venue's imaginative use of fresh ingredients and burning desire to push every boundary in sight makes it the perfect place to experience something a little different in Edinburgh. 

  See Your City

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@ Gates of the Museum on the Mound on Various dates from Saturday 24th August 2019

Get an insight into the magical world of Harry Potter with this stunning tour of the city. Taking in filming locations, historical sights and points of inspiration for the book, it's something a little different to do in Edinburgh. They also offer loads of other themed tours too!

@ The Biscuit Factory on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2019

Heading to Edinburgh Fringe this month? Make sure you visit The Biscuit Factory as Angostura will be throwing a house party complete with improv theatre, live music and DJs alongside rum cocktails and special gin serves.

Panda & Sons

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There's plenty more going on than first meets the eye at Panda & Sons. From the outside, it looks like your usual Victorian barber shop. But venture downstairs and you'll discover a secret speakeasy bar, decked out with old school barber chairs, vintage barber equipment, fun antiques and an unbeatable cocktail menu curated by Mr Panda himself. It's the perfect spot for anyone that's looking for a quirky new hangout. 

Located in Edinburgh's historic old town, this colourful outpost promises South American cuisine, delicious cocktails and Latin American party vibes, all throughout the week. Bursting with Brazilian murals, bright colour and thudding Latin beats, the weekly salsa dances and huge reggaeton club nights makes it one of Edinburgh's quirkiest bars. 

The Devil's Advocate

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Hiding down an alleyway in Edinburgh's Old Town, the Devil's Advocate is a charming restaurant and cocktail bar that is constantly pushing boundaries with the drinks it creates. From its rustic decor to its welcoming atmosphere, there are few better places to grab a quiet drink with your closest friends. Separating it from the rest, their beautifully crafted cocktails are accompanied by over 200 different whiskeys.

If you love your cocktails and live in Edinburgh, odds are that you've heard of the legendary team at the Lucky Liquor Co. As a sleek, sophisticated and wonderfully unusual bar in Edinburgh, its talented line up of mixologists let their imaginations run wild when it comes to creating cocktails. Think bourbon washed with mustard and fiery liqueurs made using quirky techniques, the sky's the limit when it comes to the flavours on offer at this cocktail bar.