Whighams Wine Cellars
- Telephone 0131 225 8674
- Opening times Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun 12.30pm–midnight
- Seasonal times Festival: later opening
- Bar open Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–1am; Sun noon–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.45pm.
- Average price £16 (set lunch); £19 (evening meal)
- Website www.whighams.com
Cellar-based wine bar and restaurant where business lunchers and the after-work crowd enjoy a glass of wine in good company.
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
- 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, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Live jazz every Sunday, live blues the first and third Tuesday of the month, open mic every second Tuesday.
- Capacity: 120 (10 outdoors)
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 1983
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 32
- House wine: £16 per bottle