55a Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1HL (Map)
Somehow or other Rick’s Bar is so not Edinburgh. It’s Barcelona really – a style bar, cool restaurant and even a boutique hotel with 10 bedrooms all rolled into one gorgeous experience. Centrally located close to all of the city’s main attractions, down a few steps and you’re into a chocolate and cream themed space with lots of different areas for drinking, eating and relaxing. The food and drink menus are designed to be flexible too so you’re as likely to spot Edinburgh’s famous Morningside ladies enjoying a morning coffee as you are to see the style set tucking into Martinis. Rick’s prides itself on its Cocktail List with a wide choice of freshly made drinks with unusual flavours. The Garden Negroni, made with Hendrick’s Gin, Martini Rossi, Campari and apricot brandy is sensational.