5 Best Whisky Bars in Edinburgh
You can’t visit Scotland without trying some whisky while you’re here. Even if you’re not a whisky person, at least try a whisky cocktail to get in the Scottish spirit. According to the Scottish Whisky Association, as of 2022, there were 141 whisky distilleries operating in Scotland. So, there’s no shortage of choice! The problem may be where to start. We’ve gathered what we think are the best 5 spots to get whisky in Edinburgh.
The Devil’s Advocate
This bar is tucked away in an alleyway just off the Royal Mile. This hidden gem has over 300 whiskies to choose from! If you’re not sure what to get though, the bar staff are very knowledgeable. They also have a great cocktail selection if whisky isn’t your thing. Check out their website here.
Usquabae, meaning whisky in Gaelic, is one of the most popular whisky bars in Edinburgh. Just located off Princes Street, this stylish tavern offers a variety of whiskies, bar bites, and even whisky tastings! Make sure to book in advance.
The Bow Bar
This cozy bar is just on Victoria Street, near Grassmarket. They have an extensive list of whiskies to try. If you’re looking for an authentic pub, this is the place to go. Check out their website here.
This bar/restaurant offers classic and modern Scottish cuisine as well as 300 malts to choose from. Whiski Rooms also offer whisky tastings where you get to try 4 different whiskies and get to learn about the history and how whisky is made. Check them out here.
This is the only one on the list that’s a bit far from the city centre, but it’s well worth it. Near Leith shore, this spot offers a variety of whiskies, craft beers, and delicious food! If you’re going up to Leith during your travels (which we highly recommend – it’s gorgeous), why not stop by and get some whisky and Cullen skink? See their menu here.