Whiski is a traditional-looking bar with decorative cornices, assorted pictures, photos and mirrors, a stag’s head (twice in one night!), hooks at the bar and a lot of empty whisky boxes dotted around the place. There are strong similarities with The Royal Mile, only a couple of doors up the street, but it actually reminds me more of Dirty Dick’s on Rose Street, though more focused.
For a Tuesday night it was quite busy (I’m spotting a pattern here on the Royal Mile), but for a whisky bar I didn’t see many folk drinking whisky. Maybe it was too early in the evening. As may be expected round these parts, most of the punters were tourists, if not all of them.
They have a sister bar/restaurant on North Bank Street (top of The Mound) called the Whiski Rooms.
The only cask was Caledonian Deuchars. Kegs: Caledonian Three Hop and 80/-, Innis and Gunn Original, Kronenbourg 1664, Heineken, Caesar Augustus, Guinness, Tennent’s Lager, Thistly Cross cider.
It was £19.35(ish) for 4.5 pints, so around £4.30 per pint, earning it a pricey tag.
Mains are pricey, restaurant prices rather than pub prices – fish and chips £13.50, steak pie £14.75, haggis £12.50. Burgers are a bit cheaper, from £10 to £13. The cut-down lunch menu’s also slightly cheaper, all under a tenner.
Live music every night, and whisky tastings by appointment.
I don’t think so, but not 100% sure.