Cannonball Whisky Bar

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Cannonball Whisky Bar
Cannonball House, 356 Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE
  • Telephone 0131 225 1550
  • Opening times Tue–Sat noon–10pm.
  • Bar open Tue–Sat noon–midnight. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–9pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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Cannonball Whisky Bar

The famed Contini hospitality continues in a classy, whisky-driven Scottish atmosphere at the top of the Royal Mile.

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Cannonball Restaurant’s own whisky bar has a generous stash of single malts behind its bar (though there’s plenty of Edinburgh Gin too). The split-level bar is spacious, high-ceilinged and panelled in dark wood with a great view down the Royal Mile from one end. The bar also has a good selection of bottled craft beers with locally brewed Paolozzi lager on tap, and a pretty decent wine list too. An extended happy hour (3—6pm) sees great deals on cocktails and oysters on offer for a pound each. You can slurp them with lemon or tabasco, or a two thousand year-old special Roman sauce (that’s the age of the recipe, not the sauce itself). Alternatively nibble on the house special: their cannonballs are actually Finlay’s of Portobello haggis balls in breadcrumbs, which you can enjoy with the house serve – a dram of Glengoyne 10-year old. If you’d like something more substantial, blow out on the afternoon tea menu or share a (very) early high tea of fish and chips with tea and bread and butter.

The List's rating






Tom Bruce-Gardyne visited Cannonball Whisky Bar on 26 March 2019
  • High point: The view down the Royal Mile
  • Low point: The slightly uncomfortable banquettes
  • Average price: £7 (bar bites)

Our cosy bar lists over 120 Scotch whiskies and is open for lunch, cocktails and pre or post dinner drinks.

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  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 40 (18 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £24 per bottle