Palm Sugar is a rooftop cocktail bar high above George Street with great views of the castle, much of West and North Edinburgh and even Fife. It was touch-and-go as to whether this counted on our tour since it is really just the Chaophraya restaurant’s bar, but we decided that the weather justified it. Walking down Castle Street, you could easily miss the entrance, looking a lot like an office foyer. Walk to the back of the foyer and take the lift up, then take the stairs up from there. It’s a very modern open space with lots of glass, mirrors and mood lighting, a Bond-villain-esque secret lair above the city.
Not surprisingly on a day like this, it was pretty busy. With the sun out and the rain covers tucked away, the rooftop patio was in high demand. Our ears were soothed by chilled-out contemporary bossa nova tunes from the likes of Tosca and others. Attentive waiting staff brought us our drinks and made sure we were comfortable.
There’s not a lot for the beer drinker but the Yom Lager appears to be brewed for Chaophraya. The other draught beer is Becks Vier. Both are £4.45 per pint. There are a few bottles too, but I only wrote down that a bottle of Innis & Gunn will set you back £4.95!
They do “Thai inspired cocktails” and have a fair selection of whiskies too.
Not counting the co-habiting Chaophrya restaurant, I don’t think there’s any food.
The outdoor seating area has fully retractable rain covers and heaters, so is usable all year round.
My only non-money-related complaint about the place was that the urinals tended to cause a lot of splash-back! I’m glad I was just just wearing normal clothes and not my expensive Armani suit (as if).
There’s an excellent view of the castle from the smoking area, obscured slightly by the glass box extension thingy that’s part of the restaurant.
Web page: chaophraya.co.uk/palm-sugar/