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Show me the way to the next whisky bar [On The Road: Edinburgh]

Well the sex was okay, but I threw up from the Hennigans 
George Costanza (Seinfeld episode “The Red Dot”) 

If you are in Scotland you have to go on a whisky trial. Due to the fact that the closest operating distillery is an hour away from Edinburgh and I visited already in 2003, we decided to do a whisky bar crawl in Edinburgh to compensate. Below the highlights of our pilgrimage. 

The Unexpected One 

You will never guess that in the middle of the royal mile surrounded by tourist is this hidden gem. To get to Monteiths you just need to pass through an alley/close to get to the basement bar. A dark, modern, and fun place with a petite selection of whiskies. The highlight Balvenie double wood (Speyside) and Springbank (Campbeltown). 

Whisky Time
We also tried some nibbles, including the traditional Haggis, really nice, great execution. Just make sure you're relax and not on a rush as the service is terrible, we were ignored most of the evening. Good whisky, nice food, terrible service. 

Haggis Time
T: 0131 557 0330
Bar & Restaurant
Twitter: Monteithsclose
Monteiths on Urbanspoon

The Almost Chain on the Mile 

Whiski Bar has two locations, the original one is on the Mile. Pub style, wore wood, stag heads, live music every night, and good selection of whiskies, at least over 300. The Highlights a Glendiffich Solera 15 years (Speyside) and the Lagavulin 16 years (Islay) 

Whiski Bar
Whiski Bar
T: 0131 556 3095
Pub & Bar
Twitter: Whiskibar
WHISKI Bar & Restaurant on Urbanspoon

The Modern One 

The Inn on the Mile is another option off course on the Mile. A modern bar part of the hotel, packed and noisy, fast paced, and great vibes. The highlight was the recommendation from the bartender, Auchentoshan three wood (Lowland). 

The bar decor
The Inn on the Mile
T: 0131 556 9940
Bar & Restaurant
Twitter: TheInnOnTheMile
The Inn On The Mile on Urbanspoon

The Pub One 

The Bow Bar is another lovely pub style bar on W Bow almost getting into Grassmarket, more cozy and traditional. Classic décor, real ales also if you’re tired of whiskies but as we weren’t we enjoyed their vast selection of single malts. The highlight was a Benriach 15 years with dark rum finish (Speyside) 

We now must say goodbye
The Bow Bar
T: 0131 226 7667
Twitter: bow_bar
The Bow Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Cathedral One 

The Oxford Bar is a small, full of character place, probably an institution in Edinburgh. Watering hole on Young Street in New Town. Small bar at the front full of locals having a pint and some tables at the back. The highlight Aberlour 10 years (Speyside) 

The institution
The Oxford Bar
T: 0131 539 7119
The Oxford Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Other Pub 

The Black Cat is another pub with nice selection of whiskies, no list but you can have a peak at the bar, and make your selection or the bartender can point you in the right direction to help your choice. Traditional pub décor, modern vibe if compared with Ox. The highlight Glenfarclas 20 years (Speyside) 

Black Cat Time
The Black Cat
T: 0131 225 3349
Twitter: theblackcatbar
The Black Cat Bar on Urbanspoon

The Other Room 

Whiski Rooms is the other place from Whiski Bar. Opposite to the one in the Mile this one is a modern bar, also it has a dedicated shop. Same vast selection of whiskies. The highlight Robert Burns 12 years (Islands) strong and in your face, and Lochside 91 (Highlands). 

Last call
We got some nice nibbles here, I would recommend to get the haggis roles to try something different.

Whiski Rooms
T: 0131 225 7224
Twitter: whiskirooms
Whiski Rooms on Urbanspoon



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