The Devil's Advocate
May 11, 2018
The latest offering from the chaps behind The Bon Vivant is an atmospheric Old Town spot located on Advocate’s Close. It’s an attractive space, all bare brick, raw wood and old stone, with a number of cosy booths in which to linger over a dram, and an alluringly well-stocked backbar. Whisky is a big deal here and they stock some 100 whiskies from all around the world including a few speciality whiskies. The inventive cocktail list is also whisky-heavy, though not exclusively so. The Avenue blends bourbon with Calvados, Fino sherry, Grenadine, and orange flower water while the aromatic Rosemary pairs rosemary-infused tequila with lime juice, agave, and Peychaud’s bitters. Their food menu is in keeping with that of the Bon Vivant, well-executed pub grub made with local ingredients: Cullen Skink, beer battered hake, and a truly epic beef and pork belly burger served with black pudding, blue cheese and beetroot. The truffled mac’n’cheese also sounds deliciously decadent, ditto the haggis and black pudding bonbons. There’s a coffee station open from 8am if all you’re after is a caffeine kick and a balcony area for summer drinking and dining for those rare windows when it’s not raining.