Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Best Pubs in Edinburgh, Part 1

Continuing my list of the best pubs, bars, and whisky spots in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Royal Mile Whiskies

379 High St.
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh, Scotland
+44 (0) 131 225 3383

No, it isn't a pub or bar, but it is the best place to get whisky in Edinburgh, without any doubt, and creating your home bar is a great place to start. Lovely people who are always knowledgeable but never condescending or too whiskynerd-y, with some of the fairest prices to be found; they could be really taking the tourists to town when you consider where they are located. They sell excellent Scottish beers, too. And books. And haggis.

Say 'hi' to Stuart, Alex, Alaric, and whoever else is still in the shop and you are certain to be able to try before you buy. Be kind and you'll be treated kindly. They have been doing this since 1991 and have gone from success to success. They even bottle their own malts from time to time (Clynelish, Longmorn, Mortlach, to name a few).

They are always excited about "showing" you something and are determined to finding the right whisky for you, not the right whisky for their sales goals or profit margins. Not a whisky experience to miss while in Edinburgh and certainly worth popping in every time you walk past... if your mates/family/colleagues will let you.

Check out Royal Mile Whiskies in London, too.

For more of Dr. Whisky's picks of the best pubs in Edinburgh, click HERE.


Jonathan Mendelsohn said...

Dear Dr Whiskey,
An amateur's concern. What is the suggested order for beer - scotch consumption. Does the old 'beer before liquor never been sicker' hold any truth? Does eating fizz wizz and drinking coke really make you crazy? Also, where is Osama Bin Laden?

Dr. Whisky said...

Drink like with like, and in moderation, and you will not suffer. Barley products with barley products (ie. beer and whisky) should be fine. Avoid mixing grape with grain. Pay attention to your body. It will give you signs if something is off. Remember, not all commercial beer is made exclusively with barley. Budweiser even proudly includes 'rice' as an ingredient on its label.
Fizz Wizz and Coke is asking for trouble.
Osama is with Waldo.