The Last Word Saloon
- Telephone 0131 225 9009
- Opening times Mon–Sun 4pm–1am.
- Bar open Mon–Sun 4pm–1am
- Food served Mon–Sun 4pm–1am
- Website www.lastwordsaloon.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
There are no tacky cocktail umbrellas or blingy details in this understated, warm, generally excellent cocktail bar. Just very well mixed drinks, and the odd fancy toastie if you’re hungry. It’s a more streamlined update on its previous guise as The Saint, run by the same people behind Bramble on Queen Street, and it gives the same focus as its sister bar to small batch spirits, craft beers and unusual mixers (chilli jam, thyme-infused honey, homemade peach pearls and apple syrup, for example). Whisky lovers might enjoy their ‘Be Lively’ (Smokehead whisky, green chartreuse, fresh lemon, cream soda and egg white), or the delicious ‘Short Black’ (Black Bottle whisky, fresh espresso and vanilla sugar), while there are also sophisticated twists on gin, mescal, apple brandy, rum – or the option to go ‘off menu’ and get the bar tender to fix something tailored to your need for sugar/ caffeine/ sour flavours/ fresh herbs and so on. The fact it’s hidden away down a few steps off St Stephen Street means it can be overlooked, and be quiet on week nights, but that’s definitely part of the charm, and a welcome antidote to the George Street hordes.
- High point: Low-lit hideaway, with excellent cocktails
- Low point: Getting out of bed the next day …
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Belle and Sebastian, rock, electronic
- Open since: 2012
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