You’d be forgiven for missing the unassuming entrance to this basement hideout on the corner of Barony Street. Those willing to explore will find a compact cocktail bar that holds its own against some of Edinburgh’s biggest. Owned and hosted by a two-man team, Jody Buchan and Sam Baxendale, the wee bar is a closely guarded bartender’s secret. Jody and Sam are the first-ever joint winners of the Craft Spirits Enthusiast Award, given out by industry magazine Scottish License Trade News each year, so you know you’re in safe hands when it comes to all things shaken and stirred. Order a light and fizzy Beards & Blazers – a blend of Southern Comfort and three types of tea with a sour apple syrup that’s then carbonated, bottled and labelled by hand.