The Jolly Botanist

The Jolly Botanist
256–260 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT
  • Telephone 0131 228 5596
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 10am–midnight, Fri/Sat 10am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 11.30am–9pm; Sat/Sun 10am–9pm.
  • Email
  • Website thejollybotanist.co.uk
in association with
Birra Moretti

Upmarket Haymarket gin palace with over 50 gins stacked high behind the back bar.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

Slowly, slowly, Haymarket is undergoing something of a rejuvenation and nowhere is that more apparent than in this splashy reboot of the old Spider’s Web. The Jolly Botanist is an upmarket gin bar, with an impressive multi-page gin menu taking drinkers through over 50 brands of gin, with recipes torn from old books decorating the walls with suggestions for classic gin cocktails. Your average G&T is mostly T – so (rightly) the gin list also suggests a tonic to accompany your tipple as well as a recommended garnish to set the whole thing off: Caorunn with Fentimans tonic and a slice of apple, or Rock Rose with Fever-Tree and a sprig of rosemary being particularly successful pairings. While the decorative whimsy doesn’t always convince, it’s a great option for an after-work or gin-soaked afternoon, perhaps with a sharing platter or two.

  • High point: Gin, gin's the thing
  • Low point: Can get very noisy
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 92 (20 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
  • House wine: £15 per bottle