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74 – 78 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PT
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Secret cocktail bar in Sonder's basement with an experimental menu and knowledgeable staff.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Behind an unassuming door on South Clerk Street, stairs lead to this underground speakeasy where off-beat cocktails are carefully crafted. Ring the bell for access to Camera and a member of staff will lead you to a candle-lit room with a little bar in the corner. The ‘standard’ cocktail menu (no food is served and many patrons are eating upstairs at Sonder) is deceivingly innovative. Old Tom gin is expertly mixed with lemongrass, fresh grapefruit and sparkling wine to create a sharp but sweet taste explosion. There is an ever-changing list of experiments listed on the R&D drinks board, all simply named after their key ingredient. The Cinnamon Bun is a warm hug of sweet stickiness and tastes as close to a cinnamon bun as liquid can get. Forget gin and tonic, as common spirits and mixers are tossed aside to make way for new flavour marriages in the house highball section, where concoctions like Lindores aqua vitae and ginger ale, and fernet and coke are paired with sommelier-level precision. The results are refreshing and dangerously moreish, just like everything else on the menu.

  • High point: Staff have an insane amount of knowledge and enthusiasm
  • Low point: It’s en route to the restaurant toilets so the speakeasy spell is easily broken
  • Notable dish: The Cinnamon Bun cocktail
  • Provides: Live music, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Upbeat Cuban Funk to begin, melting into French Hip Hop and becoming more laid back as the night goes on.
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: Full venue hire available Mon/Tue
  • Open since: 2019
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £20 per bottle
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