SCOTCH at the Balmoral Hotel

SCOTCH at the Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 524 7142
  • Opening times Daily: 11am–1am.
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 5pm–1am; Thu–Sun 2pm–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Wed 5–10pm; Thu–Sun 2–10pm.
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  • Website www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/…
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Surprisingly comfortable and unpretentious bar with smart staff to guide you through a bewildering array of drams.

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To the novice, whisky is a drink veiled in ritual and mystery — an inaccessible amber liquid. And when you’re confronted with over 550 whiskies in high-end, high-reputation hotel, it would be easy to become overwhelmed. Luckily they've been working hard to shed any reputation for stuffiness at the Balmoral Hotel’s SCOTCH bar in recent months, creating a space where the novice and aficionado can happily rub shoulders together. It’s a small room dressed in tweed, tartan and subtle Scottish ephemera, with an entire wall given over to what’s an impressive whisky collection in anyone’s book. Well-known brands feature alongside rare and ghost whiskies (rare malts from closed distilleries that are re-blended with new whisky to create unique bottlings). Relaxed staff are called whisky ambassadors and manage to both know their stuff and put guests at ease, so it’s easy to ask for recommendations. Tasting experiences area also available. Food is fairly limited and Scottish in approach: haggis bon bons, a cheese board and smoked salmon. SCOTCH is an excellent place for both locals and tourists to relax and unwind with a dram.

The List's rating
7.6

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Helen Bashforth visited SCOTCH at the Balmoral Hotel on 18 March 2019
  • High point: Surprisingly relaxed atmosphere
  • Low point: If whisky isn't your thing, there aren't many alternatives
  • Notable dish: Whisky
  • Average price: £20 (dinner)

Offering Edinburgh's largest collection of whiskies available to the general public, Scotch is a chic bar and lounge within The Balmoral hotel. With a host of both rare and favourite bottles dating back as far as 1940, choose from some of the finest malts, blends and vintages on the market. A team of Whisky Ambassadors are on hand to advise both novices and connoisseurs, and each dram is served with a selection of complementing bar snacks.

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  • Private dining: Up to 60 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Whisky tastings
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: Flexible
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: More than 500 whiskies
  • House wine: Drams start from £5 per bottle