The Balmoral Bar

The Balmoral Bar
Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 524 7100
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £21 sharing platter (lunch); £21 sharing platter (evening meal)
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  • Website www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/…
in association with
Birra Moretti

Exquisite cocktails in a luxurious atmosphere, with knowledgeable staff on hand to explain the list.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

When you’re paying £14 for a drink, then you should expect that every element is going to be perfect. Luckily they understand that at the Balmoral, so while it’s probably always going to be a special occasion place, it does deliver. Lush banquettes and booths, dim lighting, extremely knowledgeable staff, a cute complimentary tray of moreish nibbles and a comprehensive menu all scream ‘quality’. A Mai Tai is a proper, grown-up drink – strong, not overly sweet, while a Smoky Treacle, containing apple juice, Mount Gay rum and Bowmore whisky is particularly well-balanced. A range of ‘dessert cocktails’ – for when you want to skip the pud and head straight back to the booze – seems like a mighty fine idea too. After all, can anyone think of a reason to say no to a Black Forest Gateau in a glass? Thought not.

  • High point: The cocktails
  • Low point: The prices
  • Notable dish: The cocktail tasting menu
  • Private dining: Various options within hotel
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £30 per bottle