Late Night Drinking
May 11, 2018
This stylish sister bar to the 20 Princes Street restaurant was launched in the middle of the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe. It weathered that well enough and remains an elegant and welcome addition to the city’s rather choppy and roadwork bedevilled main shopping street. It’s a wonderfully elegant space with large bay windows, cool blue walls and an attractive original fire place. The staff are similarly slick and smartly attired. Inventive cocktails are the order of the day and they don’t disappoint. The drinks list is pleasing in its length and creativity. The house tipple is a mix of gin of course Belvedere Citron, lemon and apple juices, almond syrup and kiwi. The Hickory Daiquiri Dock uses home-made Dandelion and Burdock syrup and a dash of hickory smoke to give a new complexity to a classic drink. The Full Scottish Breakfast meanwhile pairs a mix of single malts with lemon juice, marmalade, bacon foam and a toast garnish (no haggis though, sadly) and the Caramel-Saltra blends barrel-aged gin with condensed milk and salted caramel syrup for a true tongue-tester. There’s a decent, varied wine list, with some very affordable options by the glass, and a menu of street food-inspired snacks including a lobster mac’n’cheese (we’re not sure how street that is, but it sounds delish). For a more leisurely dinner, the adjacent restaurant is also highly recommended.