Bar à Vin
The ground floor of the West End's L'Escargot Blanc restaurant is home to this high-end bar for authentic French wine, cheese and charcuterie.
It's easy to overuse the word 'sophisticated' when describing a wine bar, but in this case, its well earned. There's soft jazz on in the background, the extensive wine menu requires a comprehensive sommelier's dictionary, and the waiting staff are fully clued up on the origin, texture and strength of every piece of cheese, meat or otherwise to grace the kitchen's much-lauded charcuterie platters. This isn't the place to go for a meal (for that you'll want sister restaurant L'Escargot Blanc upstairs), but if you're after interesting mezze, such as cured Pyrénées sausage, Basque chorizo or pimandes (chocolate-coated almonds with Espelette chili), then dig in. The focus is on provenance and integrity – ask the staff why that particular chorizo is on the menu and you'll get the full story. The real star here is the wine list, though. There's an ever-evolving list of over 40 hand-picked varietals, served by the glass and the bottle, along with a range of Scottish craft beers, gins and artisan fruit juices.
- High point: Staff well trained in all aspects of the wide-ranging menu
- Low point: If you're not a charcutierie lover, you might go hungry
- Notable dish: Mixed board
A charming and relaxing retreat in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant West end area. Nestling beneath L’Escargot Blanc on Queensferry Street it’s an ideal place to chill out over a glass of wine, a beer or a coffee. We provide a delicious range of platters and light nibbles including our incredibly popular French Cheese selection – or Charcuterie. We Offer over 40 wines by the glass that makes it a unique drinking experience for novice or the more discerning wine lover. Staffs are friendly and knowledgeable.
Warm and welcoming, a great place to enjoy an after work drink, while away the evening with a few friends, or round off the day in a most relaxing and friendly atmosphere.
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- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 30
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 23
- House wine: £19.90 per bottle