The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 524 7142
  • Opening times Daily: 11am–1am.
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 2pm–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 2–10pm.
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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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You don’t have to be a guest at the Balmoral to stroll straight into Scotch. The bar staff here have clearly won the dream-job prize: they spend their days (well, their mornings – Scotch opens at 2pm) travelling between distilleries to learn and sample, all to help you select the right dram from the 500 in stock. They wear smart Scottish dress, as does the furniture which is mainly comfortable, old-world armchairs with tartan coverings with, of course, a stag’s head on the wall. Food comes from the hotel brasserie kitchen (Hadrian’s closed for a refurbishment in February 2018) so while things are likely to change come the summer, it’s currently focused on sharing platters, sandwiches and a top-notch burger. But if you’d rather focus on the task in hand, simply nibble on dark chocolate and smoked almonds while you decide where to go next on your whisky journey.

The List's rating






Megan Welford visited Scotch on 26 February 2018
  • High point: Surprisingly un-snooty
  • Low point: There whisky alternatives, but not many
  • Notable dish: Whisky!
  • Average price: £22 (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
  • Music on stereo: Northern Soul
  • Live entertainment: Whisky tastings
  • Capacity: 25
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: More than 500 whiskies.
  • House wine: Drams start from £5. per bottle