Cocktails at Juniper

Cocktails at Juniper

It’s located in one of the most sought-after locations in Edinburgh and yet funky cocktail bar Juniper still seems to be one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Sitting directly opposite Waverley Station, inside the Royal British Hotel, the award-winning cocktail bar strikes the perfect balance between being a slick, trendy destination bar and a friendly, relaxed place to meet with friends for a casual drink. Visually, Juniper is a strikingly modern bar which is full…

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Glengoyne launches World Whisky Day festivities on Calton Hill

Glengoyne launches World Whisky Day festivities on Calton Hill

Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is kicking off Scotland’s World Whisky Day celebrations today in style by taking a pop-up restaurant and special whisky cask to the top of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic locations, Calton Hill. Award-winning chef Tom Lewis is bringing his unique mobile restaurant from the wilds of the Trossachs to Calton Hill in Edinburgh to co-host a special breakfast and lunch event alongside Glengoyne. A shipping container from the outside,…

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Gin expert to host Edinburgh masterclass

Gin expert to host Edinburgh masterclass

A teacher and researcher at Heriot-Watt University with more than a decade of distilling to his name is preparing to launch a special masterclass for Edinburgh lovers of gin. Matthew Pauley, a graduate of Heriot-Watt, has returned to the university as Research Associate and Teaching Fellow after years spent as a distiller of gins such as Bombay Sapphire and premium boutique brand Oxley. And now he brings his Distiller’s Nose tutorials to the Capital for the first time later…

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Foodies Festival Christmas – Preview and Competition

Foodies Festival Christmas – Preview and Competition

Christmas is set to come early in Edinburgh this weekend (November 13 – 15) when the EICC is transformed into a spectacular culinary wonderland for the Foodies Festival Christmas. Scotland’s top chefs will join award-winning artisan producers and international street food vendors at the event, which will also feature a Champagne Ski Bar and a Scottish Gin Theatre. Mark Greenaway, Brian Grigor (Number One at The Balmoral), Fraser Allen (The Pompadour) and Peter McKenna (The…

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Coca-Cola truck is coming to Edinburgh

Coca-Cola truck is coming to Edinburgh

It’s become as synonymous with Christmas as mince pies, mistletoe and tins of Quality Street – and now the Coca-Cola truck is set to return to Edinburgh as part of its annual nationwide tour. The iconic red truck will visit 46 locations across the UK and fans in Edinburgh will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the famous vehicle when it stops outside of ASDA at The Jewel on Monday, November…

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Food review: Frontier, Edinburgh

Food review: Frontier, Edinburgh

There’s little to be found here in the way of Hollywood glamour, gaudiness, or sickeningly supersize portions. That’s not to say you leave underwhelmed or on an empty stomach, nor in search of better beer or a superior serving of ribs. This is the home of a low-key but truly homely and satisfying trans-Atlantic dining experience. If you are in search of an enclave of stereotypical American glitz, head for the star-spangled toilets, where the iconic…

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The Other Place – an AAA favourite

The Other Place – an AAA favourite

Over the years there have been plenty of well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful attempts at Tex Mex/Cajun-style restaurants in Edinburgh, pale imitations of the sort of fare you can find all over the southern United States.  All too often, they were overpriced and left you underfed, and most of the time they committed the cardinal sin – serving average spareribs. About a year ago, a friend told me about The Other Place, and told me that…

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The Jazz Bar – a real Manhattan vibe

The Jazz Bar – a real Manhattan vibe

Tucked away at the foot of Chambers Street, The Jazz Bar is one of those underground venues you might not notice when walking past. That’s partly because it’s one of those places that come alive at night rather than during the day. A multi-award-winning, non-threatening, dungeon run by proprietor Bill Kyle, the first thing you notice going down the stairs is the word “Jazz” buzzing away in red neon. The second thing you notice is…

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Mix and mingle at Opal Lounge

Mix and mingle at Opal Lounge

Want to spot the famous Edinburgh Hibees latest superstar signing (as if!)? Opal Lounge is your venue. Want to mix and mingle (and probably still stay single!) with the Capital’s beautiful people? Opal Lounge is your venue. Want to drink like a VIP in what is easily one of the city’s most stylish hangouts? Again, Opal Lounge is your venue. The George Street basement has had some pretty famous faces through its doors over the…

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You can bank on the Standing Order

You can bank on the Standing Order

Granted, The Standing Order won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but this JD Wetherspoon-owned bar is an ideal venue for larger groups, and a decent starting point for stags and hens before going on a Rose Street bar crawl. The neo-classical building which houses the George Street super-pub was formerly the premises of the Union Bank of Scotland (rumour has it, it is still home to a 30-tonne safe, which was simply too big to move…

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