It may be February now, but I am still writing about all the cool places that I visited during Christmas. Seriously, festive season 2015 was such a busy time for me! Anyway, I met a friend in Hoot the Redeemer on the 23rd December, when most people had broken up from work and everyone was full of the Christmas spirit. We just stopped by for a couple of drinks and a catch up, so our visit was quite short and sweet.
I feel like there have been quite a few new openings in Edinburgh recently, but I am particularly excited about this one: The Whistle Stop Barber Shop has popped up on South Bridge and sounds like quite an interesting concept – a bar, American diner and barbershop all rolled into one. Keen to find out what it is all about, I went along with a friend a few days ago for a bite of dinner.
It’s the George Street opening that everyone’s been talking about. Copper Blossom has only been open for about a month, but it seems like everyone and their best pal has stopped off for a cocktail there at least once. I’ve been in a couple of times and it has been packed every single occasion I’ve been there, so if you want to know what the big fuss is about, you better make sure to book a table.
The nights are getting longer and the days are certainly getting colder – yup, the sweet Indian summer we had has definitely fizzled out and winter is well and truly on its way! About a week or so ago, Mr Bug and I decided to spend a chilly mid-Autumn day exploring the fabulous independent shops of Bruntsfield, before stopping off for bit of lunch at The Blackbird.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to try out the newly opened Leith Chop House on Constitution Street. This part of town has some amazing food and drink spots already, so I was keen to go along and see if this new establishment would fit in with the strong foodie scene.
It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, so Mr Bug offered to take me out for a special treat meal. Seen as birthday calories don’t count (because I say so!) I got him to take me to the Boozy Cow – it’s just across the road from my office and had been catching my eye for a while. Plus, their solid fayre of good burgers and drinks had gone down well with a few of my friends and I had heard great things about the place.
Note from the Edinbug: I know a lot of people come to Edinburgh to get a grips on whisky or scotch, and it’s true that the city is a fantastic gateway to many Scottish distilleries. The thing is, I don’t know the first thing about whisky, so luckily my pal John has offered to write up a tour of Glenkinche Distillery for the site – I hope you enjoy it!
I seem to be on a bit of a cocktail-drinking binge as of late, so it’s only inevitable that I would eventually end up in Treacle on Broughton Street. I headed there to meet with a friend for a cheeky mid-week cocktail fuelled gossip session and a wee bite to eat.
Back from a mini-hiatus, I’ve been crawling around one of the most popular cocktail bars in Bruntsfield: Henricks.
Even though its front door is “technically” on Princes Street, you’d be forgiven for letting the Juniper cocktail lounge pass you by. This little gem is actually a little out of the way, hidden up on the first floor of the Royal British Hotel, the entrance of which is just across from Waverley Station.