Best bars for Christmas nights out in Edinburgh
These drinking dens will get you and your workies singing at your Christmas party
Deciding which bars to go to on your office night out can be tricky. Luckily, Edinburgh has plenty of options to keep your co-workers satisfied.
If you're after some uptown swank this Christmas (not the funk that Bruno Mars sings of) your best bet is to head into New Town, where you'll find a wide range of cocktail joints and a selection of suitably stylish bars.
One such place is The Bon Vivant on Thistle Street, which is known for low-lit ambience and a solid cocktail menu. Also in the neighbourhood is 99 Hanover Street; the bar boasts a wide range of wines, spirits and beers, and if you're after something a little more personal, you can choose from a range of table packages featuring a selection of bevvies, which range in price from £15–£100 each.
For soft lighting (read: candlelight), try Bramble on Queen Street. One of Edinburgh's worst-kept secrets, this below-street-level is bar is best for smaller groups, since the layout is basically all nooks and crannies. There are 22 lovely cocktails to choose from, and the well-trained staff will no doubt be on hand to help you figure out which concoction is the one for you.
Leithwards, head to the walk for Victoria, which has a laid-back cosmopolitan vibe and some trendy drink choices. There's also a DJ there spinning tracks, should you feel the need to bust a move or two. Otherwise, try The Brass Monkey Leith, the sister to the famous Drummond Street establishment, where you can find a strong selection of gin, whisky and rum.
If you and your co-workers prefer the charms of the Old Town, head to OX184 on the Cowgate for some craft beers and world whisky. It's open until 3am daily, and there are plenty of wide, open spaces for some good ol' office mingling. Another solid option in that area is Blackfriars Bar (where we at The List had our own Christmas party last year), which has a range of good brews on tap and a lovely outdoor area if it's not too crisp outdoors.
Elsewhere, Dragonfly on the West Port is renowned for its cosy atmosphere with a cocktail-centric drinks menu, all of which makes for a fun festive night out. If you like your drinks with a side of swing, head to the Jazz Bar on Chambers Street, where you'll find a great selection of spirits and an even better musical lineup.