Cask Smugglers

New to the scene in Edinburgh is this speakeasy-inspired bar in an old tourist information centre at the top of Waverley train station.

The owners have self-styled the bar as an ‘everyman’s cocktail bar’ and have been actively promoting it as a dog friendly venue which has been welcomed by the community.

The bar isn’t all that well hidden, but the inspiration behind the décor came from Scotland’s whiskey smuggling which took place in the 18th century after Scotland imposed new duties on alcohol.

They have an extensive cocktail menu which is very Whiskey-heavy, as well as craft beers from both Scottish breweries and further afield in the UK. Alongside the drinks menu, Cask Smugglers also serves up Peruvian street food made by Carlo Carozzi who is rated in the top three street food vendors in the city.