The number of wine bars in Edinburgh can make it difficult to choose one with the right ambience, so we’ve gathered a short list of our favourites into what we think are Edinburgh’s best wine bars.
Bar a Vin
Downstairs from L’Escargot Blanc on Queensferry Street this cosy wine bar is a relative newcomer to the Edinburgh scene. There’s a warm friendly atmosphere on the quietest of evenings, though we think that the more word of mouths spreads, the less of those there’ll be. Alongside the types of wine you’d expect there are some real surprises and the friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to guide you according to your palette. Not to be missed if you’re remotely peckish is their wonderful cheese and charcuterie board with an assortment of jellies, bread and cornichons and if you decide you’d prefer something a little more substantial to eat you can head upstairs to the restaurant.
Address: 17A Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW
Telephone: 0131 226 1890
Website: Bar a Vin
Smith & Gertrude
The ethos at Smith & Gertrude is basic, but in an exceptionally good way – good wine, good cheese, good charcuterie and a relaxed atmosphere – and they’ve achieved exactly that. The décor strikes a fine balance between modern and comfortable with wooden tables and coloured wooden chairs or bar stools at high tables or the bar, giving it a warm contemporary feel. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and are happy to help with wine selections if you need assistance, but are equally happy for you to choose for yourself and enjoy the company of your friends. We have to confess that we were disappointed when The Bon Vivant closed in Stockbridge, but since discovering Smith & Gertrude we’re really quite content.
Here’s a little peek inside…
Address: 26 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AU
Telephone: 0131 629 6280
Website: Smith & Gertrude
Situated in what was once The Oratory of St Anne, Le Di-Vin is nestled alongside La P’tite Folie in the West End. The interior has towering high ceilings, with one wall dedicated to sky-high shelves of wine and a fascinating mural makes a stunning feature above the entrance. The staff are friendly and in addition to the usual fare of cheese and charcuterie there’s tartines, croquet monsieur, salads and soups. The atmosphere is warm and lively, although the clientele can be slightly older than in other wines in the city, but that seems to merely depend on the night.
Address: 9 Randolph Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7TE
Telephone: 0131 538 1815
Website: Le Di-Vin
Pickles wine bar on Broughton Street has a charmingly rustic feel. The dominating decorative feature is wood, but add to this leather sofas and walls displaying the various preserves to accompany the eating platters and you’ve got a welcoming escape. The food platters are as good as any we’ve had in Edinburgh with a selection of cheeses, charcuterie and pates – the chicken liver pate is a particular favourite of ours. Although this wine bar hasn’t been around long the friendly atmosphere and good wine selection has already made it very popular and the staff take no time in getting to know their clientele and advising them on what suits their palettes.
Address: 56a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SA
Telephone: 0131 557 5005
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