#232: Whiski Rooms, North Bank Street, Edinburgh

Whiski Rooms, North Bank Street, Edinburgh (exterior)

The Whiski Rooms span 3 premises on prime tourist real estate at the top of The Mound. There’s a whisky shop, a bar and a restaurant, all interconnected. It’s only about 3 years old, but it looks a good bit older, but a classy old, not a tired old. The dark wood, copper-topped bar, rich brown walls, red leather seats and low lighting give it a warm, inviting appearance.

It was busier than average for a Tuesday night, we got the last of the larger tables. The punters seemed to fit the surroundings better than us, a fairly good-looking bunch, smartly dressed, with no hint as to the balance of tourists to locals. My notes say some crap about the music being “better than next door, but not befitting of the surroundings.” An example would have been nice Dave, cos that means nothing on its own. The TV was showing some news channel or other.

They have a sister bar up on the High Street, Whiski Bar.

The Bar

Whiski Rooms, North Bank Street, Edinburgh (interior, bar)

I didn’t notice any cask pumps, but the Caledonian Deuchars and 80/- are probably cask. The rest were Heineken, Williams Daught and Caesar Augustus, Guinness, and Innis & Gunn Original. Bottled beers and ciders were from Innis & Gunn, Williams Brothers, Brew Dog and Thistly Cross.

According to their website there are around 300 whiskies behind the bar, with more in the adjoining shop.

The round was £17.10 for 4 pints, so about £4.28 a pint.

Food

This is no bar food. Mains in the restaurant are from £13.50 to £19.50 and steaks are from £25 to £30, not including sauce.

Amenities

Restaurant, whisky shop, a few seats outside the bar on the street.

Castle View

Yes, but only just. As with The Crafters Barn next door, it’s not much of a “view”, just a turret peeking out from behind the Assembly Hall. I’ve no photo as proof though.

Links

Website: www.whiskirooms.co.uk
Facebook: Whiski Rooms
Twitter: @whiskirooms

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