10 of the best cocktail bars in Edinburgh
Thistle Street is home to some of Edinburgh's best restaurants (Cafe St Honore just around the corner is recommended), but Bon Vivant is the leading after-hours cocktail stop. Grab a table if you're arriving late enough for the restaurant section to have emptied, and make the barman get his big grinder out by ordering a mandarinha – Beija-Flor cachaça, mandarin syrup, lime juice and black pepper. Or, if it's on the specials board, try a Hennessy Smash – a cognac and strawberry drink served, incongruously, in a half-pint tankard. If you ask for a tequila slammer, it will be served with a withering put down – this isn't that sort of establishment.
(article continued at https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2011/aug/02/top-10-cocktail-bars-edinburgh)