16a Queen Street, Edinburgh (Map)
Brand new Bramble Bar & Lounge is the latest addition to Edinburgh’s astonishingly good bar scene. Down the stairs at the foot of Hanover Street in what was once the Oyster Bar, it’s a proper Prohibition style cocktail bar with lots of nooks and crannies and an intimate laid-back atmosphere. Bramble is the bar for gin lovers with over 25 brands stocked including a massive array of Gintime movers and shakers. There’s a cocktail list to die for, created by gin fans Jason Scott and Mike Aikman. It features gorgeous concoctions like current Gintime favourite, the Clover Club, and you’ll find a full range of Hendrick’s Tea Time Martinis served in those cool tea cup style glasses. Quite rightly Bramble doesn’t do food so you won’t find any office parties with out of control amateur drinkers. It’s open early for cocktails and late for a fantastic range of after dinner snifters – Bramble is a bar for people who take drink seriously.