George Hotel, 21 George Street Edinburgh, EH2 2PB (Map)
Sometimes hotel bars can be stuffy places. Not Tempus. Right in the heart of Edinburgh’s drinking triangle on George Street, this is the place to sip in style. A bar, bistro and restaurant it’s open all day seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch, coffees, snacks and dinner and naturally, great cocktails. Tempus is part of the George Hotel, in itself an Edinburgh institution. Yet because it is completely self contained with its own entrance it attracts a young, hip crowd especially in the evening. A recent massive makeover has transformed the interior into a cool contemporary space whilst still respecting the classic Edinburgh New Town Georgian architecture. Like the décor, the Tempus cocktail menu mixes the classic and the new to great effect. So lots of gorgeous fruity new style gin Collinses and Fizzes as well as old favourites like the Aviation and the Martini. Head honcho Chris Deacon has just launched a new list – Peculiar Potions – and really knows his gin so if you find it hard to choose, just ask.