Whiski Bar & Restaurant

Whiski Bar & Restaurant
119 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
  • Telephone 0131 556 3095
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am.
  • Food served Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri/Sat 10am–10.30pm; Sun 11am–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.whiskibar.co.uk
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Whiski Bar & Restaurant

Scottish food and drink on one of the city’s most historic streets.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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If you happen to be stumbling around the Old Town looking for a bite to eat, Whiski is an easy option for quick food. Although it’s split between bar and restaurant, no bookings are taken and the prompt staff turn tables over pretty quickly. They're proud of their Scottish roots, and the menu is full of traditional, no-nonsense dishes such as Cullen skink, smoked mackerel pâté, and steak and ale pie. Fishcakes lack much flavour beneath the breadcrumbs, and the serving of spicy tiger prawns, while succulent and sweet, is somehow dwarfed by its tiny bowl. The ribeye steak is nicely presented and accompanied by a generous helping of chips, roast vine tomatoes and mixed leaf salad. However, their signature dish, the haggis tower, is a disconcertingly monotone construction, with a couple of thin oatcakes protruding from the stack at odd angles. In contrast, the bar is colourful, and stocked with over 300 whiskies, a good selection of beers, and hosts live music every night. But you'll pay for the privilege of its central location.

The List's rating






Murray Robertson visited Whiski Bar & Restaurant on 12 March 2018
  • High point: A good choice of Scottish dishes
  • Low point: Not much bang for your buck
  • Notable dish: Ribeye steak
  • Average price: £10.50 (lunch); £24 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: live music every night from 10pm
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: Feb 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £21.95 per bottle

Events at this venue

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Footstomping Traditional Scottish Music

Footstomping @ Whiski Bar Join us at the multi award-winning Whiski Bar and Restaurant for a vibrant footstomping good time as we showcase many traditional Scottish music bands at Whiski Bar during August. Toes will be tapping to our vibrant mix of instruments playing live traditional Scottish music – fiddles…

Wed 1 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 2 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Whiski Bar

Free / 0131 556 3095

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 28 more dates until 31 Aug

The Gorms

Upbeat Scottish/Irish music.

Mon 23 Jul

Free / 0131 556 3095

  • 21:30 – 00:30

Fri 27 Jul

Free / 0131 556 3095

  • 22:00 – 00:30

Mon 30 Jul

Free / 0131 556 3095

  • 21:30 – 00:30
…and 114 more dates until 2 Sep 2019