Whighams Wine Cellars

Whighams Wine Cellars
13 Hope Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4EL
  • Telephone 0131 225 8674
  • Opening times Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
  • Seasonal times Festival: later opening if needed
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.45pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–7pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95 inc glass of wine
  • Email
  • Website www.whighams.com
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Cellar-based wine bar and restaurant where business lunchers and the after-work crowd enjoy a glass of wine in good company.

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With its old school aesthetic, hidden snugs and candlelit coves, Whighams feels like a throwback to the New Town of old Edinburgh. It's been around a while (30 years, in fact), but its bustling atmosphere gives the impression it's been a part of the city forever. As a wine bar, vino is the drink of choice. You can get a glass of red or white for less than £5 or you can spend well over £100 on a bottle of champagne. Whichever you choose, staff are well versed in both tasting notes and accompaniments. Seafood lovers are well catered for on the à la carte menu, and there's always a catch of the day on the blackboard. The Loch Eishort mussels are cooked in a crowd-pleasing garlic, white wine and cream sauce, while cod is paired with black pudding – an unusual but welcome bedfellow. Carnivores have the usual burgers and steak to get stuck into. The dessert menu is a little basic, mostly made up of ice-cream, but the whisky, beer and spirits range will likely have you pining for a liquid finish anyway.

  • High point: Cosy candlelit coves
  • Low point: Can get a little busy at the weekend
  • Notable dish: Loch Eishort mussels
  • Average price: £15.95 inc glass of wine (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Alcoves/cellars where 8 can dine or 15 can drink
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 80s, mixed playlists
  • Live entertainment: Live jazz every Sunday, live blues the first and third Tuesday of the month, open mic every second Tuesday. Pianist Sat 2–4pm
  • Capacity: 120 (10 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1983
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 31
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle