As of this week the Edinburgh Fringe has officially started which means a busy time for the drinks and hospitality industry in and around the city! Our entire team love heading into Edinburgh for the Fringe, especially going to grab a couple beers…obviously. Over the next few weeks of the Festival, we’ll be posting our team’s top picks for where to grab a beer in Edinburgh.
First up is one of the newest members to the team, our Account Manager, Wesley Hall.
Prior to my role at the brewery, I have had over ten years hospitality experience in Edinburgh under my belt. During those years I have worked in a variety of different roles in a number of venues, but it’s working behind a bar which I enjoyed the most. Working in establishments such as Blackfriars and Salt Horse allowed me to take my love of beer into a career which has ultimately led me to the position I am in now.
Being in Edinburgh during festival is unlike any other month of the year. I know many bartenders across the city dread August but I had always found it a really amazing time to be behind a bar. The hours are long and it can be super busy but it’s a time where you can meet so many interesting/talented people from all over the world. Having one of the biggest cultural festivals in the world on your doorstep is incredible. There is always going on, be it comedy, theatre or music. There are also countless new venues and pop up bars that surface in venues which mostly sit empty for the rest of the year.
I would recommend…
Salt Horse –
I may be slightly biased here but in my opinion this is one of the best craft beer bars in Edinburgh. The staff are great and always help you choose from the 12 rotating keg lines. The adjacent bottle shop is fully stocked with over 350 different beers which is amazing if you and want to grab a beer to go or have a wee impromptu bottle share with friends. Salt Horse is also home to one of Edinburgh’s best beer gardens which allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
57-61 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh
The Bow Bar –
Situated in one of my favourite streets in in town. It has one of the biggest whisky collections in the city. The knowledgeable bar staff are always on hand to guide you to your perfect dram. There is always a great selection of UK cask and keg beer on offer as well as a great selection of bottled beer from around the world. The Bow is a Edinburgh institute and a place I always take friends who have never visited the city.
80 West Bow, Edinburgh
The Brauhaus –
A long time ago this place was where I developed my love of German and Belgian beers. I would often pop in on my way home from work a try something new from the fridge. I was sad when Brauhaus closed. Now reopen again under new management it is better than ever. The job Dom and the team done here truly is amazing. This place has everything I look for in a bar, great atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and a fantastic drinks range. The selection on cask and keg is always on point and there is always something new to try from there bottle pours. If you’re also on the look out for funky natural wines you won’t find a better bar in Edinburgh.
105 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh