Hoot The Redeemer
Fun cocktail bar from the Panda & Sons stable, blending subterranean cool with an inventive retro funfair theme.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Anyone who’s familiar with Queen Street’s bustling basement cocktail bar Panda & Sons will know on sight that the recently opened Hoot the Redeemer comes from the same stable. A rarity in that it’s a great bar just a few steps off Princes Street, it’s entered via a dark stairway with a disguised doorway – in this case a dummy fortune teller in a glass case which lights up and assails the customer with pearls of debatable wisdom in a broad Scottish accent. The funfair theme continues inside: DJs play on Friday and Saturday from a modified Punch & Judy stall, a vending machine sells alcoholic ice creams, and ‘Pinch ‘n’ Sip’ is an old-fashioned claw machine which lets you play to choose your own cocktail flavours. Decked out with cinema seats and church pews, the room is atmospheric, but the cocktails are intended to be fun and unpretentious – the retro-themed list includes Days of Thunder (vodka, Blue Curacao, raspberries and soda) and Hopped Grasshopper, a fusion of crème de menthe and cacao with added hops.
- High point: Fun, unpretentious cocktail speakeasy
- Low point: Trying to avoid arguing with the 'fortune teller' as you figure out the way in
- Notable dish: Mystic Ball cocktail, with Midori, Ketel One, pineapple, lemon and a splash of absinthe.
- Provides: Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Soul/Funk/Disco
- Capacity: 45 seated, 100 standing
- Largest group: 30 max (25 best)
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £18 per bottle