Whisky Magazine Issue 121
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We locate the very best of Edinburgh's whisky bars
It surprises some visitors to Edinburgh to discover it is common for city bars to have thirty or forty different bottles of single malt behind the bar.
Scottish drinkers stick to what they know and many people will finish a night of drinking with a nip of their favourite whisky.
But in bars particularly known for their whisky you will often find a collection of a hundred or more single malts, including rare editions and bottles which are hard to find.
Whisky bars in Edinburgh cater not only for traditional drinkers but also for high rolling tourists keen to seek out the rarest whiskies and new generation hipster whisky fans looking for malts from Japan, India and the New World.
In short there is no typical style of whisky bar in Edinburgh.
But one thing you will find all over the city is whisky loving bar staff who love to chat.
Whether you are in a five star hotel on Princes Street, a smart bar in Stockbridge or a spit and sawdust joint in the Old Town you are likely to find an unusually well informed bar person who is more than happy to guide you on your whisky journey.
1 The Abbotsford
3 - 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR
The Rose Street poets - including Sorley McLean and Hugh McDiarmaid would often start their drinking sessions in The Abbotsford while later the bar was a favourite of Robbie Coltrane, Billy Connolly and the novelist Iain Banks.
Named after the Borders country seat of writer Sir Walter Scott, it has always been known as a whi...