Panda & Sons
May 11, 2018
You could easily miss this hip new basement bar on Queen Street. Externally there’s little to suggest the presence of the bar at all. The signage reads Panda & Sons Barbershop – there’s a charming bit of backstory about it being run by a family of pandas – but once inside and you’ll find yourself in a cool and quirky speakeasy- style space with walls of vintage books, old lamps, gramophones and other era-appropriate knickknacks adding to the atmosphere as well as some panda-themed artwork. The drinks menu is a lovely thing, compiled by Iain McPherson (formerly of the similarly theatrical Voodoo Rooms, one of our favourite Edinburgh spots), both in terms of presentation and contents they, of course, offer a Bamboo Cocktail – and they also serve a range of craft beers and wines. If you’re peckish there’s a range of tasty meat and cheese boards available too. Drinks are creative and well mixed and the bar tenders really know their stuff. Prices are on the high side for the city but you’re paying for the whole package, so we’ll give them a pass.