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Bramble Bar and Lounge

16a Queen Street
Scotland EH2 1JE
Tel: 44 131 226 6343's insider take:

This basement bar in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town is easy to miss. Inside, the dim lighting, bare stone walls, and multiple nooks and crannies don't make finding your way around any easier. However, for many booze hounds, it's a top choice for a quality cocktail in the city. The skilled bartenders will mix up an Old Fashioned or a Gibson, but, for a real fun night that you may not remember entirely clearly, just place yourself in their hands and let them roam the gantry. Favorites include the Bramble, which combines Plymouth Gin with fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, and crème de mûres.—Jonathan Trew

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