Something of a local secret for many years, Bramble has become one of the capital’s brightest nightlife spots. Patrons will need a map or GPS to locate it, however, given its location down a steep set of stairs in a stylish subterranean Queen Street cellar with only a small brass plaque to signify its presence. Once inside, the interior proves equally unassuming yet inviting. Bare stone walls, antique furniture and little cubby holes are dimly illuminated by subdued lighting and flickering candles.The impression of a speakeasy is ably complemented by the management’s ethos of artistry in the making of their drinks, striking a balance of serving up retro classic and fabulous new concoctions. House specialties include the Campbeltown (single malt whisky, Cherry Heering and green chartreuse) and the Mint Choc Flip, but drop in a well-placed word with one of the barmen and they’ll assemble a cocktail to your own preferences. Bramble is sound tracked by chilled-out soul and R’n’B slow jams and on Fridays and Saturdays, one can groove into the wee small hours with the establishment’s house DJs.
16A Queen St, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, +44 131 226 6343