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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Dec 31, 2005 4:31 pm

Does anyone know of a really good whisky bar (but NOT the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre) in Central Edinburgh please ?

I'm after trying a few of the rarer drams (eg Coleburn) without buying a bottle of each.

I know where all the good whisky shops are, but no bars!

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Postby Lawrence » Sat Dec 31, 2005 6:39 pm

How about the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street? They usually have a good selection however I'm sure some of the locals will jump in here at any moment with some other suggestions.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Dec 31, 2005 7:48 pm

Try the Bow Bar in Victoria Street. Have a good night :D

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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:06 pm

Thanks. I've been to the SMWS bar so often that it's become a tad boring. But I'll sure try the Bow Bar

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Postby Di Blasi » Tue May 23, 2006 1:46 pm

How many members of the SMWS are on this forum? Or how many non-members have tasted their bottlings? How are they? Is the SMWS a great place to taste, buy, and enjoy some great whiskies??

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Postby rthomson » Tue May 23, 2006 5:20 pm

I'm a member of the SMWS. The initial membership fee was US$150, a discounted price because I joined at one of their tastings. That fee included a bottle of Glenlivet 16yo valued at $105, so I look at my membership fee as $45 and I think it's a good value. They're prompt and courteous with their service and most have spoken highly of their bottlings. I live in an area that is not well stocked with good single malts and the SMWS provides a great option for me. I have bottles of Laphroaig and Ardmore waiting to be picked up (I wasn't around to sign for the delivery at home) and I'm looking forward to them.

I second the recommendation of the Bow Bar in Edinburgh. I had a couple of great nights there last year and will be returning this October.


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Postby Bullie » Tue May 23, 2006 6:16 pm

Isn't 'the Canny Man', appointed whiskypub of the year last year by WM, situated in Edinburgh?

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Postby Lawrence » Tue May 23, 2006 6:21 pm

I'm a member of the SMWS and while I tend enjoy the Vaults in Leith more I greatly apprieciate being able to take a break at the Queen Street location when in that part of the city.

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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Thu May 25, 2006 12:50 am

I was recently in Edinburgh and I found a pub I really liked. The Malt Shovel on Cockburn Street. They had 84 single malts to choose from and the food was good to.

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/e ... hovel.html

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Postby The Dazzler » Thu May 25, 2006 7:32 am

Hi, below is my list of good whisky bars in Edinburgh:

Bow Bar- Victoria Street, in the heart of the Old Town and close to Whisky Shops. Range of OB's and IB's from Signatory, Cadenhead and Douglas Laing. Not really a food pub but a must for real ale fans.

Canny Man- Morningside Road, a real crazy pub with wacky decor, beer garden, resident cat and even a casino. Loads of malts and other spirits ie rums. old G+M bottles and OB's. Serves food. A favourite for Charlie Mac, probably need a taxi from city centre.

Albanach- Royal Mile, a new bar on the corner of Cockburn st. All OBs but do have old Bunnahabhains, Bruichladdichs, Lord of Isles and Laga 25. A more modern interior and a restaurant to the rear, a good stop for food.

Malt Shovel- Cockburn St, A wide range of OBs and G+M bottles. Good prices and pub food.

Teuchters- William Street, OBs but some old and de-listed bottlings. Restraunt downstairs, another to visit for food.

Malt and Hops- The Shore. Good selection of whisky and ales if you are in Leith

The Vaults- still in leith, SMWS, all their own stuff and good drams they tend to be.

Mathers- West End, OBs and G+M. Not a food pub.

Whisky Heritage Centre- Royal Mile, all OBs but some good old age whiskies and whisky cocktails. Amber restraunt attached for good food.


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