Best whisky bars in Scotland

Dec 12, 2017

After a mandatory whisky distillery tour in Scotland, head to these bars to quench your thirst with the water of life. Some are cave-like and rustic, while others sport trendy interiors and live music. But they all have one thing in common – a selection of over 200 different variations for your choosing.


Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar

kaleidoscope whisky bar

To many, the Scottish Malt Whisky Society’s headquarters feels like the home of all Scotch. That’s, of course, a subject for extensive debate, but beyond doubt is the appeal of its new Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar and its dedicated, knowledgeable staff equally at home welcoming aficionados and new-comers. With over 200 different drams to choose from, its carefully curated selection is designed to educate its patrons in the subtleties of this golden liquid.

The Scotch Whisky Experience


If you’re worried about tackling a round of whiskies on an empty stomach, then head to Amber, the restaurant inside Edinburgh’s Scotch Whisky Experience. Their dedicated Scottish menus are changed seasonally and would be worth making the trip for in their own right – this is some of the finest produce sourced from around the nation. That said, the dishes are also a perfect stomach-liner ahead of trying one of the 444 whiskies kept on-site, or before you join one of their famously fascinating tours.

SEE ALSO: 11 great gin bars around the world

The Devil’s Advocate


Whether it’s your first or hundredth time visiting Edinburgh, it seems almost impossible to avoid the city’s much-loved Royal Mile. Already incredibly popular, it’s set to be given a further PR boost when it appears in the Avengers: Infinity War movie in 2018. If you’re looking for a wee dram away from all that big drama, then seek out The Devil’s Advocate, a trendy, modern whisky bar in the heart of this UNESCO-protected part of Edinburgh’s fabulous Old Town. They keep over 300 bottles of the good stuff behind the bar, and have quickly developed a reputation for their whisky cocktails, too.