The Permit Room
A bar in its own right, The Permit Room sits underneath Dishoom. Expect intelligent cocktails with a Bombay twist.
For all that Edinburgh’s first branch of classy Indian restaurant Dishoom has created something of a buzz in the city, its basement bar – hidden away behind the booking table, the pass and a nondescript doorway in the wall – has gone somewhat unnoticed. Yet this enclosed room, decked out in wood panelling and frosted glass dividers as though it were a waiting room in colonial India, is more than just a holding area for the restaurant upstairs (although it’s that as well). The table or bar service is excellent, as are the ranges of wine, beer (including their own Dishoom IPA), lassis and particularly cocktails; like the Debonair, featuring marmalade vodka, star anise and orange cream soda, or the Chai Paanch, a blend of Johnnie Walker, rum, liqueurs and house chai.
- High point: Excellent range of cocktails
- Low point: Slightly odd mix of classy cocktail bar / restaurant waiting room
- Provides: Wheelchair access
- Live entertainment: DJs on Fri, Sat and Sun nights.
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 17
- House wine: £19.90 per bottle