Review: Bramble Bar – Secret Cocktails

Bramble Bar is one of Edinburgh’s best-kept secrets, I run the risk EdinBraw being shut down shortly after posting details of this covert cocktail bar, but it’s a risk I must take…

Bramble is featured in our guide to Edinburgh’s best hidden bars

Review: Bramble Bar

You could walk past Bramble every day and never suspect that a small speakeasy was serving up cocktails in secret. I’m not sure I should disclose the precise location, just keep an eye out for astroturf around a tailor and you may just hit the jackpot.

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Charming Cocktail Bar

The bar’s charm lies in its simplicity, tasty cocktails, old-school hip-hop and a cosy setting. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and can point you in the right direction if you start getting lost in the cocktail menu.

We only popped into Bramble for a quick drink prior to heading out for dinner, luckily it was quiet enough to be able to get a seat and take our time looking over the exciting cocktail list.

Bramble’s menu is hidden in a hardback cover, much like many of Edinburgh’s other great establishments (Roseleaf, I’m looking at you). The selection was vast, there will be a drink for everybody and far too many to try in one night, although that sounds like it would be a good experiment.

Delicious Drinks

I opted for Red Rum, whilst my partner in crime enjoyed A Most Unusual Drink. Both were fantastic and whilst they were a little out of our normal price range, just under £14 for the pair, they were worth it. The Red Rum was just the right amount of flamboyant with a sharp strong hit – the berries were a little bonus adding a healthy element to the drink. The Most Unusual Drink was surprising, I’m not usually a fan of cucumbers, but this Hendrick’s gin-based drink served in a teacup/wine glass hybrid was so fresh and tasty that I almost (almost) started to develop a taste for it.

(update: it’s now 2017,  it’s still around £14 for a couple of cocktails, the music is still fantastic and my views on cucumbers/Hendricks have changed dramatically)

Still thirsty? Check out our Edinburgh Secret Cocktail bar crawl

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On this visit to Bramble, we only stayed for two drinks (if we hadn’t a table booked at Mark Greenaway we’d probably have stayed the night!). We’ve been back to Bramble on a number of occasions since have never failed to have a great time, if you can find this secret cocktail bar in Edinburgh, I’m sure you’ll love it too.

From the team that brought you Bramble, we bring you Seawolf Rum

Bramble was rated EdinBraw in 2014
Re-awarded our seal of approval in 2015, 2016 and 2017

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Cocktail Menu

Red Rum

Bacardi 8-Year-Old Rum, Hayman’s Sloe Gin, fresh lemon juice, redcurrants and vanilla sugar syrup.

Kingfisher

Hendrick’s gin, Absinthe, salt, pistachio, cardamom and lime.

Only Exception

Salted caramel green tea vodka, grapefruit oleo saccharum, freshly squeezed lemon juice and vanilla sugar.

Calabria

Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, pomelo, Regan’s orange bitters and sparkling wine.

and many more… 

Happy Hour at Bramble

Every hour is happy hour at Bramble, but we’re not aware of any special promotions that take place.

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How to Get to Bramble

Find the corner of Queen Street and Hanover Street (just off Princes Street) and look for a tailor called City Alternations. The entrance to Bramble is tucked away in the basement (from the Queen Street side), head down the steps even if you think you shouldn’t, push open the door and get ready to have a great time in one of Edinburgh’s best cocktail lounges.

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Bramble, 16A Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JE


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