The Last Word Saloon
May 11, 2018
Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar is rightly regarded as one of the best in town, in part because of their innovative approach to mixology. Now the same team have launched another cocktail bar, The Last Word Saloon, in Stockbridge in the venue formerly known as The Saint. This new boasts the same high standard of drinks as its big sister, but with a more relaxed, neighbourhood vibe. To this end the bar offers a larger selection of wines and beers though cocktails, of course, remain a big draw. The Barrel Aged Affinity cocktail ticks all the right boxes in terms of current drink trends (it tastes pretty good too). They also offer a steel-aged Six Cylinder cocktail and a rotating Punch of the day. They’re very knowledgeable about cocktail history – the signature Last Word is a gin-based drink from the 1920s laced with chartreuse and the menu is full of prohibition era goodies, flips, juleps and the like. The Short Black, a mix of whisky, espresso and vanilla, will leave you wide-eyed while the John Candy is flavoured with home-made pineapple bitters. We like the sound of The Candidate, a potent blend of Mezcal, fresh pink grapefruit juice, thyme infused honey and chilli jam. We’re also intrigued by their take on the Bellini, a mix of homemade peach pearls and champagne called the Zepellini. Unlike The Saint, there’s only a very small food menu, limited to a few toasties and nibbles. This place is all about the drinks. Because it’s that bit further away from the gloss of George Street, the bar has a more laid-back feel than some and prices are very reasonable for drinks of this standard.