Edinburgh New Town basement bar Bramble resides under an unassuming dry cleaner’s shop, its entrance marked by a small golden plaque not visible from street level. Inside, the layout contains plenty of characterful nooks and crannies with comfortable leather armchairs, low lighting and bare brick walls. Edinburgh being the gin capital of the UK, eight recommended pours feature the spirit, including various twists on the G&T, a gimlet and a reliably brilliant gin martini. Expect weekend DJ sets, friendly, unruffled staff who are happy to come up with bespoke cocktails and a buzzy atmosphere.
16A Queen Street, New Town, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE