June 21, 2016

The guide to some of The Brotique's favourite places for a night in Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh is a city famed for its fringe festival, castle, culture and closes. Once dens of inequity and vice these hidden nooks are now home to some of the best food, drink and entertainment on offer in Edinburgh.

With the Edinburgh Fringe Festival fast approaching we thought we’d put together a list of our favourites to help locals dodge the crowds, or if you’re visiting get an authentic experience of the city.


Wings


Anyone who doesn't like chicken wings is either a liar or a vegetarian, fact. Wings on Old Fishmarket Close, as a concept have been around for a while now and have only grown better as they’ve matured. With a huge selection of sauces, from sweet to spicy and the just plain weird and a fantastic selection of craft beers, you’re going to have a good time. If you’ve visited us in store you’ll know about our super nintendo and our passion for retro video games. Wings have outdone us on this end by having a decent selection of classic consoles for you while you tuck in. Expect these guys to be busy over August, but if you need a fix they’re also available in The Dog House on Clerk Street so there’s no reason not to go.


Devil’s Advocate


From the team behind The Bon Vivant on Thistle Street, The Devils Advocate is a fantastic bar and restaurant nestled down Advocate’s close that is definitely worth a visit. With a beautiful selection of craft beers and food of exceptional quality we’d recommend booking early to guarantee a table. With a dark and stripped back decor, Advocate takes cosy to new heights and the friendly and talented bar staff can easily knock you up a classic cocktail, or walk you through their extensive whisky and beer selection. As a pint of choice we’d recommend Pilot Lager, partly because it is brewed in Leith, but mostly because it’s delicious.


Under the Stairs


Under the Stairs is a bar that has all the appeal of a retro speakeasy without some of the pretense that some similar bars can fall foul of. Comfy sairs abound and the luxury of table service sets this bar aside from most as its focus is firmly on customer satisfaction. What we love most about Under The Stairs is the ever changing art that features within it, which is sourced from the Little Ox gallery only a stone's throw away on Candlemaker Row. Again we’d recommend booking in advance with this one, especially on weekends, but the bar is so hidden away that most visitors to the city can be forgiven for overlooking it.


Paradise Palms

The newest edition to our list has quickly become one of our favourites. Palms has something for everyone and does a huge amount to contribute to the local arts community by showcasing talent as often as they can. Palms firmly believe that “tropical is a state of mind” and you can see this not only in their choice of decoration but also in the sheer variety of events they host. They’ve got everything from book clubs to pop-up record stores to cater to all and will have something to entertain you 7 days a week. With vegetarian soul food, the sweet potato fries are a must, you can also indulge your appetite while sipping on what I can categorically say is hands down my favourite cocktail in the city.


Jazz Bar


Hidden underground on Chambers Street, the jazz bar is a den of smooth rhythm, funky bass and secret corners. With multiple gigs seven nights a week you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy regardless of your taste in music. With Edinburgh’s Jazz festival quickly approaching the Jazz Bar is definitely worth checking out, even if it's just a change from the more obvious haunts in the city.

 

To keep you cards safe from the fraud by contactless cards during the busy Edinburgh festival time, take a look at our favourite slim Nodus wallet. 

 

 

The Brotique Queen Street team know the city well, and we are ready to share more of our knowledge with you so keep an eye out for more Edinburgh guides in the future. 


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