Where should you be drinking this autumn? Cocktails in the City have been to check out three fine and recently opened venues to get the insider's knowledge. You can enjoy them all under one roof of course at CITC on November 9-10th.
What's the vibe
A cozy and traditional style pub that uses their surroundings in Leith as the core to their offering. With live music on a Tuesday and good selection of cold plates available the bar is a collabaration between Kyle Jamieson and Iain Macpherson who are both cocktail royalty in the city so expect good things.
The ethos of the bar and drinks list is to support Scottish producers, the smaller the better and where possible to source everything from Scotland. In cases such as bourbon, tequila etc they have worked hard to find companies that have strong links to the country (for example the founders of Maker's Mark were from Scotland) and there are a number of items from the immediate Leith area - check out the Leith Distillery Sherry! The menu is a great read and worth looking over in it's entirety so have a look here
Take a seat at the end of the bar, order a sherry wobbler and ask the bar team for a naughty board. It's not on the menu, but ask the bar and they will know what your on about (and if you want to know it's a mixed platter with all the best bits from the bar bites).
BULLARD AND WORTH
An intimate and hidden gem Bullard and Worth has a warm and inviting atmosphere. The size of the space facilitates guests striking up conversations with each other and the place is strangely relaxing - this might have something to do with every drink being stirred and so their isn't that traditional sound of shaking tins.
All the drinks come out without garnish, simply presented and with a focus on aperitivo's, vermouths with a good use of oils, bitters and sprays to add top notes and flavours to the cocktails. They aren't cheap and don't come lavishly presented, it's all about the liquid and they are doing a good job.
The bar has a great range of amaros, bitters and vermouths so check them out and the new menu launches today (Friday 28th Sept)! Get down and be the first to check it out.
Classy yet informal is often the description we use for Hawksmoor venues and Edinburgh is no exception. The use of reclaimed materials set within a stunning venue gives it a timeless and classical air and the staff are knowledgable and professional but in friendly and relaxed manner.
The menu is set out with drinks for every hour and situation of the day - from morning Anti-fogmatics until the late evening cards and cigars the drinks are well arranged, generally spirits forward and adapting classic recipes to their own personality and tastes. Check out the drinks list here.
Anyone who's been to Hawksmoor will probably know and recommend the infamous Shaky Pete's Ginger Brew. A classic in the making for us its the best of both worlds - long and refreshing but with a kick; combining fresh ginger, gin, a splash of lemon and topped up with beer.