“Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.” – W.C. Fields

Would you visit Dublin and not have a pint of Guinness? Then you had best not come to Edinburgh and not have a whisky! Thankfully there is no lack of liquid sunshine here in Edinburgh, here are some of our top whisky bar recommendations in town.  We also run a Whisky and Folklore event great for all regardless if you enjoy whisky or not.

The Waverley – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 1 pm - 12 am – Friday-Saturday: 12 pm - 1 am

The Waverley Bar is something of an institution here in Edinburgh.  It first opened in the late 1800s and has been serving whisky ever since.  The bar really came into its own in the 1960s as a folk venue.  During this time acts such as the Dubliners, the Corries and Billy Connolly all performed here.  This folk tradition continues with lively music sessions most Sundays.  With its retro interior and relaxed atmosphere we think that there are few better bar for relaxing and enjoying a dram or two in. It is also one of the venues for our Whisky and Folklore Tour.

The Bow Bar – Monday-Sunday: 12 pm -12 am

The Bow Bar They have over 400 whiskies behind the bar which is a lot more than most other pubs. On top of the huge selection of whiskies they also have a wide selection of local and international beers. The bar regularly run whisky events including tastings.

The Albanach – Sunday-Wednesday: 12 pm - 11 pm – Thursday: 12 pm - 12 am – Friday-Saturday: 12 pm - 12:30 am

The  Albanach is a pub located right in the middle of the Royal Mile. The name Albanach is Gaelic for Scottish and this is very much a traditional Scottish pub.  They have a wide and varied selection of whiskies and offer great whisky flights.  As well as drinks they have a spacious seating area and serve food.  Because of this it is a good pub for families to visit.

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