Whisky Magazine Issue 106
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Neil Ridley heads out in Scotland's capital
With its myriad nooks and crannies, Edinburgh's streets hide a wealth of amazing bars packed with interesting drams to try. We start by taking a stroll down the Royal Mile for a whisky tinted snapshot of Scotland's most cultured city.
THE BLACK CAT
168 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BA
The intriguing pictures on the Black Cat's website show that when the bar was opened back in 2011, the owners went right back to renovating the premises from scratch and this small independently minded watering hole has plenty of appeal for those in search of something traditionally Scottish, but with a modern twist. Opening early, visitors can experience a number of artisanal coffees, with a range of great local beers served later on, alongside an impressive walk through the whisky producing regions. During the Edinburgh Festival, The Black Cat has an extended licence, allowing them to serve revelers an extra cheeky dram or two until 3am. So if you're visiting Edinburgh's legendary cultural festival and you're lucky enough, you'll stroll across the path of this most flavoursome of black cats.
55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
Arriving at Bon Vivant after the witching hour is always an experience. The capacious bar and restaurant is full of private little corners, or, if you're a bigger group, cosy little alcoves where you can peruse the drinks menu, under the watchful eye of the maestro mixologist and resident bon vivant, Stuar...