Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant West End, offers an unrivalled selection of Scotch whisky in an elegant and relaxed setting. Inspired by Robert Burns’ poem, “Tam O’ Shanter”, we firmly believe the pursuit of drinking whisky is a saintly and noble quest. Burns himself claimed that should you meet the devil, you’ll only survive if you’re fortified with usquabae. We take this belief very seriously. With this in mind, we encourage you to visit us and experience for yourself the ‘spiritual’ side of our national drink. If you already consider yourself saintly enough, we also offer a range of speciality gins, vodkas, rums, and other spirits as well as a wide-ranging wine list and bespoke cocktail menu.
With over 400 whiskies to choose from at Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder, our collection contains a dram to suit every palate. Each bottle has been hand-selected based on its exceptional quality and unique flavour profile. Ranging from iconic, world-leading brands such as Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet, to unique single cask bottlings from long-closed distilleries such as Rosebank and Port Ellen, our variety is unparalleled. Fancy sampling something from the swinging sixties? Sure thing. Keen to try something which pre-dates The Beatles? Absolutely. Want to taste something distilled prior to, or during, World War II? No problem.
At Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder we believe excellent drinks should be sipped alongside exceptional cuisine. Our menu reflects the natural quality and variety of Scotland’s larder, with each dish carefully crafted and prepared to the highest standard by our team of dedicated chefs. Our current menu can be found below, along with suggested whisky pairings which compliment each dish.
At Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder, we offer tailored whisky tastings which cater for your group’s every need. Armed with an enviable whisky collection, our knowledgeable bartenders will inform, enthuse and, above all, entertain you as you explore our whiskies and discover new flavours and aromas. From deconstructing a blended whisky, to a ‘vertical’ tasting, to a Prohibition-themed tasting, to a regional tour of Scotland, we have it covered. Contact us now to arrange your ultimate whisky experience, or click here to see our tasting packages.
Over the coming weeks, Malt Marketing will be introducing some of Edinburgh’s finest whisky bars. From the familiar more established to the latest bars emerging onto the scene, The first of these just so happens to be the world acclaimed Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, known locally as the “Caley”, is one of Edinburgh’s most significant landmarks. Standing proudly at the West End of Princes Street, this former Victorian railway building hotel nestles in the shadow of the imposing Edinburgh Castle and its reputation for style and excellence has attracted generations of locals, international visitors and notable personalities for over one hundred years.
Following extensive refurbishment in all areas of the hotel, this reputation is continued and enhanced as the Caley re-opened its doors as a member of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, who set the standard in finest hotels and resorts worldwide.
Admire some of the best views in Edinburgh from our 241 guestrooms and suites and dine at two award-winning restaurants created by the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers – The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. At Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian you can also experience the grandeur of the Peacock Alley, formerly the station concourse and ticket office, treat yourself to some of the finest Scottish Whiskies at The Caley Bar or simply indulge at the UK’s only Guerlain Spa.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian is also one of the most splendid venues Edinburgh has to offer for meetings, events and weddings. Since opening in 1903, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian has staged many prestigious events, from extravagant wedding celebrations and star-packed parties to lavish corporate gatherings and grand banquets.
THE CALEY BAR
A popular meeting place for residents and the local population alike for many generations, The Caley Bar offers a traditional Scottish welcome in elegant and relaxed surroundings. The design of the carefully refurbished Caley is themed on the grandeur of the Caledonian Railway of the 19th Century, with overtones of the plush furnishings of the Orient Express.
The Caley is home to some of the finest Scottish Whiskies and is the ideal venue for drinks after work or before a meal, when the bar buzzes with lively conversation and laughter. Choose from classic cocktails, a wide range of Scotch Whiskies, fine wines and Champagnes, soft drinks and hot beverages.
16 October 2014: Tim Pryde of The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh is the winner of Maxxium UK’s Maker’s Mark Bartender Trove. His prize is an all-expenses paid trip to Loretto, Ky., the home of Maker’s Mark, to experience the intricacies of this coveted bourbon first-hand.
The Maker’s Mark Bartender Trove launched last year and inspired a first-of-its-kind collection of bar wares and prized treasures from across the UK bartending scene. The campaign is a reflection of the craftsmanship that goes into the production of Maker’s Mark, from the hands-on 19 barrel production process to the inclusion of red winter wheat, which results in a smoother bourbon.
Four finalists were chosen1 following a live exhibition held at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in the creative quarter of Clerkenwell in June. On display was an impressive array of vintage and antique gems and unusual and precious possessions used by bartenders when creating the unique Maker’s Mark serves submitted as part of their entry into the Trove.
Earlier this month, the final four—Tim Pryde of The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, Chris Lacey of Rules in London, Rusty Cerven of The Connaught in London and Michal Buben, formerly of NinetyEight Bar and Lounge—competed at MASH (Modern American Steak House) in Soho where they were tasked with using their precious object to create a new Maker’s Mark cocktail. Upon arrival, they were given an £80 budget to scour Soho on the hunt for extraordinary ingredients that would complement the bourbon in their drink.
Tim proceeded to Chinatown searching for Umeshu, a Japanese liqueur made from steeping ume fruits in alcohol and sugar, to create a Japanese-inspired cocktail that he could serve in his ceramic Shisa cup from Okinawa, Japan.
Rusty returned with an array of objects including a dozen quail eggs and a bag of giant cinnamon sticks, which he used to create a twist on a Tom and Jerry served warm and made in his ornamental samovar bought in Moscow.
Chris headed to Gerry’s to pick up a bottle of Byrrh Grand Quinquina, a wine-based aperitif, with no added sugar, to create a smoky Maker’s Mark cocktail using his Gorham Sterling 1950s Martini Spike (vermouth dispenser).
Michal sourced ingredients including cumquats, yuzu and Lapsang Souchong tea for the creation of his cocktail that was garnished with green tea cookies and incorporated the use of his Reed & Barton sterling silver jigger.
Of all the cocktails presented to the four-strong judging panel, it was Tim’s Hanakotoba Punch made with a hibiscus blossom cordial that prevailed. Maxxium UK’s Mixxit Manager, Amanda Humphrey, Maxxium UK’s Rebecca Tinson, BarLifeUK’s Simon Webster and Imbibe’s Clinton Cawood agreed that this was the cocktail that best showcased Maker’s Mark.
Maxxium UK’s Mixxit Manager, Amanda Humphrey says: “The Maker’s Mark Bartender Trove provided the perfect platform to inspire bartenders to get creative with this iconic and coveted bourbon. The competition challenged our finalists to think on their feet, incorporating unusual and precious ingredients while keeping Maker’s Mark at the heart of their creations.
“Each cocktail captivated the judges and demonstrated a unique and creative take on the brief, making the final decision a very difficult one. In the end it was Tim’s collection of ingredients and story behind his Shisa cup that won us over. We are delighted to reward his efforts and craft for bartending with a trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery.”
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Situated close to St Giles Cathedral and a stone throw from the City Chambers The Royal McGregor Whisky Bar & Restaurant is a charming, family run establishment on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Whether you’re in the capital enjoying the Edinburgh Festival, New Year celebrations, Dynamic Earth or perhaps six nations rugby at Murrayfield, why not enjoy a more intimate and traditional Scottish experience at The Royal McGregor Whisky Bar & Restaurant. Our passion is Whisky, Cask Ale and the best of Scotland’s larder, which has earned us an excellent reputation amongst locals and tourists alike.
With an expertly compiled list of over 80 of Scotland’s finest malt whiskies, we have something for the novice and the connoisseur to savour. Whisky flights are available over the bar as well as ‘Whisky Tastings’ with advance booking.
Our tastings are great events offering wonderful value, which we customise to your requirements ensuring you get the experience you want. From parties of 2 -20 we can accommodate you for any occasion. Whisky with food? Our events are also available with tasting menus were we match the whisky to your chosen menu. In addition, if you want some extra knowledge thrown in, we can offer a host for your event who will hopefully inform and entertain you!
Having experienced an exceptional year of activity in 2014 including The Commonwealth Games, golf’s Ryder Cup and the MTV European Music Awards, Scotland has seen its fair share of excitement and what better way to celebrate another of Scotland’s successes than taking in the ambience of The Royal McGregor Whisky Bar & Restaurant.
Whatever you’re looking for you’re sure of a warm welcome, see you at the bar!
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs 09:30 -23:00
Fri & Sat 09:30 -23:30
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