SCOTCH at the Balmoral Hotel

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SCOTCH at the Balmoral Hotel
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 524 7142
  • Bar open Tue–Sat 3–10.30pm (last orders 10pm)
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Last updated: 3 August 2020

SCOTCH at the Balmoral Hotel

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






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)

The Balmoral’s signature whisky bar, SCOTCH, pays homage to Scotland’s national drink and is home to one of Edinburgh’s largest collections. Take a seat on one of the tweed sofas and let our kilted Whisky Ambassadors help you choose from over 500 varieties.

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  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Whisky tastings
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: Flexible
  • Open since: 2013
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