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Top 5 hidden bars in Edinburgh

As part of our ‘hidden’ series, our boutique hotel in Edinburgh has picked out the top 5 hidden bars that the Scottish capital has to offer. So whether you fancy a weekend away with the girls with a few cocktails thrown in, or perhaps a romantic getaway with a loved one, then this blog is the perfect guide. Read on to find out more... 


Lucky Liquor Co

Head straight down the street from our Edinburgh hotel, and you’ll find Lucky Liquor Co, easily visible from the bright neon light that beams outside of it! This is the perfect place to have some pre-drinks if you prefer to be a bit more classy than having them in your hotel room. But rumour has it...once you’re inside, you won’t want to leave! Featuring a select list of 13 cocktails, the Lucky Liquor Co chooses 13 bottles to create a menu with and then runs them for 13 weeks. Clever right? This does mean that the menus change, so once you have a favourite, you may not be able to get it next time you go.  In order to keep up with their offerings, it’s best to check their Facebook page, because, by the time you read this, another menu could be in its place!

Lucky liquor co

(Photo Credit: Lucky Liquor Co, Facebook)


Panda and Sons

Just another short walk from our hotel in Edinburgh brings you to the second hidden bar on our search – Panda and Sons, or does it? To get into this hidden bar you need to head to the barbers. Yep, that’s right. You think you’re walking into a barber for a haircut, and instead, you’ll walk out half cut from too many cocktails! Head down the staircase, and through the bookcase to enter this speakeasy bar. Their cocktail menu ranges from classic to the more obscure. Be sure to try their ‘Free as a Curd’ cocktail if you’re a fan of sharp, tangy drinks!

Panda and Sons

(Photo Credit: Panda and Sons, Facebook)


Hoot the Redeemer

Another hidden bar, located just a short walk from our boutique hotel in Edinburgh (we’re good to you!) is Hoot the Redeemer. Nestled on an unsuspecting street, next to a popular Italian restaurant, this bar is disguised as a psychic palm reader! Once inside, everything about it is quirky and fun and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back into 1950’s New Orleans. Serving up everything from beers, ciders and wines to alcoholic slushies and ice cream, you’re sure to find something you love. But if you can’t, why not leave it up to the Pinch ‘n’ Sip machine to decide for you..who knows, you may discover something new!

Hoot the Redeemer

(Photo Credit: Hoot the Redeemer, Facebook)


The Bon Vivant

If we were to tell you where this was in relation to our Edinburgh hotel, we’d sound like a broken record. So why not head to The Bon Vivant for classic cocktails, and maybe some delicious food. Their cocktail list is vast, and we’d highly recommend trying the Ladybird - who doesn’t love a bit of Raspberry Curd?! Obviously, cocktails aren’t everybody’s favourite tipple, so they also have a wide range of wines, sparkling wines, beer and whisky! Well, it’d be rude to visit Scotland and not have a wee dram, wouldn’t it!

The Bon Vivant

 (Photo Credit: The Bon Vivant, Facebook)


Heads and Tales bar

Take a walk to Heads and Tales bar, just 20 minutes from our boutique hotel in Edinburgh. This is home to Edinburgh Gin, who have installed two stills in the bar, delightfully named Flora and Caledonia, giving customers the chance to see gin distilling whilst sipping a few themselves!  Being a gin bar, it’s no surprise that the majority of their cocktails contain the botanical goodness, but if this isn’t to your liking you’re free to choose a drink from the ‘traitor’ menu, where there’s an array of vodka, whisky and rum cocktails! 

Heads and Tales

(Photo Credit: Heads and Tales, Facebook)

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Indigo Infusion Package

Treat your partner to our Edinburgh hotel’s ‘Indigo Infusion Package’, and enjoy accommodation, full Scottish breakfast and bottle of prosecco!


Shopping Package

Shop ‘til you drop with our boutique Edinburgh hotel’s ‘Shopping Package’. The two-person offer includes overnight accommodation, Scottish breakfast, £20 Love2Shop voucher and much more.


Rule Britannia Tour Package

Ahoy! Follow in the footsteps of royalty, with our Edinburgh hotel’s ‘Rule Britannia Tour Package’, the exclusive offer includes accommodation, breakfast and two tickets for the Royal Yacht Britannia Tour – all aboard!

Thoroughly enjoyed our two-night stay in this lovely hotel. A short walk from the train station and central to the shops. We were well impressed with the room, bed was comfortable and a good size. There was room to move about and enough space to put your clothes.

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Indigo. My room was very big and spacious, with an extremely comfortable, grand bed. The bathroom was very nice too, with Aveda toiletries. I loved that the room had some complimentary snacks and drinks, with a Scottish theme.

For breakfast I had a Full Scottish, which was absolutely massive, with a choice of link or lorne sausage - I had the latter to be properly Scottish. Four types of pork product on one plate, I think - amazing!! I'm all about the hotel breakfast, so that was brilliant. Can't fault my stay here. The location is also very convenient for the main train station, and walkable to all of central Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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