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.
If you’re looking for it, you’ll be able to spot the Juniper sign at the doorway. Head up the stairs to the first floor and follow the signs round to this classy bar in the hotel’s front room.
The interior has a stylish Scottish feel to it, and its location means that it is a popular spot throughout the day: whether its morning punters having a decent breakfast before taking on the Princes Street shops; mothers and daughters enjoying a spot of afternoon tea; or a group of friends enjoying some cocktails in the evening.
Plus, because of its slightly elevated location, there is a cracking panorama that can be seen through the windows. I mean to say, who can argue with a view like this?!
The last time I was there, I went with a couple of friends and we tried their cocktail tasting menu, new for spring 2015. It costs £30 per person (minimum two people) and the price includes four rounds of full sized cocktails and bar nibbles. Given the quality of the cocktails served here, I think that is excellent value for money and a perfect way to start a girls night out!
The cocktails we were served on this particular evening were (in no specific order):
- “Oh Dere”
- “Pear Lachaise”
- “The Expat”
I thought they were all absolutely scrummy (although, when it comes to cocktails, I must admit I am fairly easy to please), but my absolute favourite was the Pear Lachaise, which was light and bubbly concoction with pear, lemon, Grey Goose and Moët champagne. Delicious!
I’m not sure if they will switch the cocktails out season-to-season, but I did notice that all four of the above drinks were also available in the regular cocktail menu, just in case I ever get a craving for the Pear Lachaise again…
If you don’t have the time to work through four cocktails, then they also have a pretty comprehensive “a la carte” menu, with a couple of the recognisable old favourites, as well as some of Juniper’s unique offerings. Depending on the cocktail, drinks are priced between £8 and £10.
To finish off the evening, I bought a round of Strawberries and Steam (£21 for three people to share). It was a delicious, sweet and fruity number, but it was the way it was served, with dry ice (yes, I did say dry ice), a beautiful glass tea set and a helping of strawberries and cream on the side, that made it truly spectacular. If you want something different, definitely give this one a go!
Juniper is one of the best places to go for a round of fine cocktails in the city centre, with a fantastic setting and a menu that has something for everyone. Whether you’re wanting to get things started before a night out, or just want a quite evening drink with the girls, this fabulous bar is a great shout.