56 North is bright and airy with huge windows for watching the world go by. The feel is very much of a country kitchen with light wood touches and subtle tweed.
Home of Scotland’s biggest gin collection – each is listed with a recommended garnish and tonic combination. Tempt yourself – try a perfect serve of Pickering’s Gin with a slice of grapefruit and your choice of mixer. Cocktails are very much a part of this bar, so get stuck into the Auld White Lassie – a nicely balanced twist on the White Lady made with own barrel-finished gins. Hungry? Order the A.B.C. chicken burger with guacamole, smoked bacon, and blue cheese. Or if nibbles with friends is on the agenda, grab a sharing platter.
From April to October, alfresco drinking and dining is the popular choice for patrons while a cosy booth is always there for you during the cooler months. Based near Edinburgh University, you’ll find a mixture of international students, local residents and workers, and gin lovers there every day.
Best Bars tip: Book ahead, especially at the weekends as 56 North’s longevity is a testament to its popularity. One of the biggest outside areas in the height of summer, where you’ll be treated to table service and great food.
— Martin Duffy