Best places for cocktails in Edinburgh

Best for cocktails in Edinburgh

The Permit Room

Fear not friends, here's our tasty little list of cocktail bars for your next night out


With new bars popping up every month and young bartenders determined to show off their latest creations, Edinburgh's cocktail scene is booming like never before. Keeping the speakeasy theme alive with disguised entry's and minimal website info means taking a gamble with many cocktail bars, so take a look at some of our favourites to keep you on track.

Scooching up in a cushioned, candlelit cubby hole inside this atmospheric basement might just be the ultimate date night for the cocktail connoisseur.

New on the bar scene this year, the boys at Kin have great chat and even better taste in cocktails.

The Last Word Saloon
Stockbridge's answer to a classic cocktail bar; a dimly lit basement bar where the cocktails are cleverly constructed and the fire roars.

Panda & Sons
The west end of Queen Street harbours a prohibition-themed cocktail bar asquerading as a barbershop, which you'll never want to leave.

The Permit Room
Expect intelligent cocktails with a Bombay twist in the accomplished bar beneath Dishoom, which really comes into its own later in the evening.

Under the Stairs
You'll feel right at home in this tucked-away Old Town bar where cocktails are their forte – there are superb seasonal plates too.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

25th Edition published April 2018. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A Panda & Sons
79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF
Tucked downstairs on a corner of Queen Street, this hidden prohibition-themed cocktail bar offers unusual concoctions.
B The Last Word Saloon
44 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL
Cosy, low-lit bar dotted with vintage items, serving spirits, single malt whiskies and cocktails.
C Bramble
16a Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE
Candle-lit speakeasy basement bar for the adventurous drinker or cocktail connoisseur.
D The Permit Room
3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
A bar in its own right, The Permit Room sits underneath Dishoom. Expect intelligent cocktails with a Bombay twist.
E Under the Stairs
3a Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD
Cocktails are their forte, but a tasteful food menu makes Under the Stairs a popular lunch and dinner spot too.
F Kin
1 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6PD
Cosy New Town basement bar with adventurous cocktails and cracking service.