After a few months of scorching sunshine (and then a lot of rain), we’re ready to move into autumn and swap summertime cocktails for warming whiskies. Edinburgh has been involved in the whisky industry for centuries and now that the festival tourists have moved on, it’s the perfect time to visit for a weekend of sightseeing and great food. If you fancy a wee dram while you’re there, here are five places to try.
Whiski Rooms Bar & Bistro – In addition to serving some of the finest Scottish food in the city centre, The Whiski Rooms is also home to an award-winning bar and a shop that hosts regular whisky tastings. If you’re not sure what to drink with dinner, the menu leads the way with whiskies paired with dishes like steak and ale pie, haggis and smoked pork belly.
The Dining Room at The Society – Where better to indulge your passion for whisky than at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s own restaurant? In their smart Georgian dining room, you can enjoy contemporary European dishes matched with wonderful wines and one-of-a-kind whiskies.
Scotch at The Balmoral – At the five-star Balmoral Hotel, you can dine in style at the critically acclaimed Number One or Hadrian’s Brasserie and then retire to the bar for a nightcap. Scotch serves over 400 malts, blends and vintages from all over Scotland, each accompanied by a specially selected snack like wild boar salami, smoked almonds or dark chocolate.
Wildest Drams – At this restaurant in the Old Town, you can pair Scottish craft beers and rare single malts with glorious game dishes from their new autumn menu. Try wild shot grouse and whole ale-braised partridge or venison that they smoke in-house. Tables get snapped up fast so book ahead!
The Caley Bar at The Caledonian Hotel – A popular choice for after-work drinkers and whisky enthusiasts, The Caley stocks over 250 malt whiskies, including their own malt, and a great selection of bourbons and whisky cocktails. The hotel is also home to The Pompadour, an elegant French restaurant overseen by the Galvin brothers, and the Parisian-inspired Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. (We highly recommend the latter for a steak-frites lunch!)
If whisky’s not your thing or you need more inspiration, try a search for more Edinburgh restaurants.