Burlington Bros Casting Agency

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Burlington Bros Casting Agency
11–13 Tarvit Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LB
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Cosy cocktail joint tucked away on a side street in bustling Tollcross.

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If there’s one thing that Edinburgh offers her residents in abundance, it’s cocktail bars. There’s something for everyone – the purist, the hipster, the out of towner – which means it’s easy to become overwhelmed with choice and hard to find something special. Cue Burlington Bros Casting Agency, a small but perfectly formed cocktail bar inspired by the word-of-mouth bars of Berlin. This is the second speakeasy for owner Jason Cormack who is also proprietor of Bullard and Worth in Rose Street, and his complex booze-forward cocktails and a strict no shake or garnish policy means Burlington Bros is already starting to stand out. And what if you like your cocktails topped with half a fruit shop and shaken to within an inch of their life? Well, one sip of this bar’s complex drinks may convert you. And even if it doesn’t, spending time in a space where conversation isn’t dominated by the shake-shake-shake of the shaker will make you thankful that they’re such sticklers for their self-imposed rules.

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Helen Bashforth visited Burlington Bros Casting Agency on 23 March 2019
  • High point: Interesting and at times challenging cocktail list
  • Low point: Once word gets out, tables will be scarce
  • Notable dish: The Maple Old Fashioned
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: 30 (private hire)
  • Open since: Jan 2019
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £26 per bottle