In Edinburgh, avoid the tourist traps and head for these great bars instead

The Scottish capital’s bar scene is booming, with options for whiskey, wine and craft beer lovers

Nauticus is a destination cocktail bar in Leith. Picture: Bloomberg

Edinburgh’s history with whisky is long, but not as long as you might expect. While the city was founded around the seventh century and the castle built at the start of the 12th century, it wasn’t until the 1490s that whisky made an official appearance in Scotland’s tax records.

But its drinking cred goes way beyond the golden liquid. Around 80 brands of gin are currently produced in Edinburgh, according to Martin Reid, co-founder of ...