4 Great Whisky Bars to Check Out in Edinburgh

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4 Great Whisky Bars to Check Out in Edinburgh

The home country of Scotch whisky, Scotland is a must visit for those with a preference for this delicious aged alcohol. As the country's capital, Edinburgh is one of the top places to head to for sampling your weight in whisky. Apart from taking distillery tours around the surrounding region, head to the city's many whisky bars. Here you'll find seasoned bar owners armed with all kinds of information, along with the chance to drink your way around the different flavors of Scotland.

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4 Great Whisky Bars to Check Out in Edinburgh

Whiski Rooms

Offering whisky tasting events almost everyday and a fine display of bottles to try, Whiski Rooms is the perfect bar to head to for tasting this classic Scottish drink. Apart from their great selection of drams to taste, the bar does some delicious food with seasonal dishes and bites to eat that pair perfectly with Scotch whisky. They even give whisky recommendations for each dish if you're unsure of what to go for. Make sure to try their whisky cured salmon if it's on the menu.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

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The best place to start for those who don't have much knowledge of Scotch whisky yet, the experience combines whisky tastings with whisky teaching, all about how it's made and drunk in Scotland. After the tour itself, head to the bar for more tastings. The Scotch Whisky Experience actually houses the largest collection of whisky in the world, many of which you can taste yourself at their bar.

The Bow Bar

Not just for whisky advocates, the Bow Bar also features a huge amount of regularly changing ales and craft beers, most of which hail from Scotland. Their whisky selection of course is also equally plentiful, with over 400 bottles available to try, including many rare varieties.


A perfect all round whisky bar in Edinburgh's lively West End, Usquabae has one of the largest selections of whisky in the city, and some delicious food to pair with them. Staff here are all highly knowledgeable about Scotch whisky and are happy to help and recommend to those in need of a few pointers.

After seeing a huge success in the city, Usquabae have also opened a bar at Edinburgh Airport too, allowing you to taste a few drams before your flight. The name comes from Scottish Gaelic meaning whisky, while it looks like a mouthful, it gets easier to pronounce after a few glasses.


Edinburgh is a beautiful city to visit, from its historic castle and old world charm to the quaint pubs and bars lining its streets that make for wonderful after hours entertainment.




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