Bramble Bar and Lounge
May 11, 2018
This hidden Queen Street cocktail bar is now firmly established itself as one of the best in Edinburgh. Its reputation has only grown over the years and the original cocktails are rightly regarded for their quality and creativity. The décor is understated, all white brick and low light, the subterranean space peppered with high-backed leather armchairs, the drinks menus bound inside the covers of old books. Despite its popularity, it’s still relatively intimate mid-week, and though it can get busy on weekends. The service is attentive and knowledgeable and the bar is very well stocked, with a particularly large array of gins and whiskies available. The cocktail list changes frequently but there is always something to catch the eye, whether it be the Red Rum, a mix of aged rum, sloe gin, lemon and redcurrants, or the Golden Delicious Sour, a tart blend of gin, absinthe, apple and ginger syrup. They’ve also started dabbling in barrel-aged cocktails. Some creative drinks are more adventurous than others. The Bramble, from which the bar takes its name, is always a safe bet, but if you’re feeling daring you could opt for the Exile on Queen Street, a potent blend of cognac, Jagermeister, egg and salted caramel, or the Holland Razorblade, laced with cayenne pepper. Whatever you choose, the amazing cocktails are always well-executed and the atmosphere warm lighting and soft background music – is suitably sophisticated.