The Low Down to the Fringe Festival from Edinburgh's Best Bartenders

BarChick did some investigating into where Edinburgh’s top bartenders will be hanging during the Festival. Wanna party with them? Here’s where you’ll find them taking advantage of the extended opening times:


The Bon Vivant

We love this place so much and clearly the world does too as they recently won Best International Restaurant Bar at Tales. Well done guys! It’s kinda like a pub in atmosphere but with a bar throwing out amazing drinks alongside a delicious menu – you have got to book in for dinner.

Here’s Will’s lowdown on the festival:

“During the festival this year I think there are going to be a few interesting spots to hang about. There are a few pop ups going on and then there’s the usual festival venues in the Old Town which always promise to be a good laugh.

The Jazz Bar on Chamber St is usually good for a late night session after work too, along with the standard bartenders’ haunt of Garibaldi’s on Hanover St.

Everyone of course should spend some time away from the madness in the Old Town and head along to see us at The Bon Vivant and our pals Bramble and Lucky Liquor.

Stockbridge is usually a great area for a wee break during August too. Small village feel with a lot to offer including our Stockbridge Bon Vivant and The Last word.“



One of BarChick’s favourite bars in Edinburgh, when these guys say speakeasy they don’t use the term lightly. Look out for some Astroturf and lights coming from a basement, they are your only clues. Once inside you won’t want to leave; the drinks are as badass as the dudes that make them.

Here’s what Jon from Bramble will be up to over The Fringe:

“As a bartender, one of the great things about Edinburgh in August is the wider choice of places for a drink when we finish up, thanks to extended opening hours. It’s hard to beat relaxing with the guys in a chilled out pub like the Thistle Street Bar after a long service. There’s so much to do during the day that it’s kind of intimidating; sometimes it’s just nice to chill out at one of the venues with a coffee and see who comes by - Assembly at George Square and the Gilded Balloon at Teviot are great spots.”


Panda & Sons

Locate the barbershop entrance and descend into this basement bar through a slick bookcase entrance. Settle in amongst the barbershop paraphernalia and revel in the impeccable service. Classic cocktails, a carefully curated wine list and craft beers – there’s something for everyone.

Check out where bartender Iain will be hanging:

“The spots I like to go to during the festival are the Voodoo Rooms as it has 30 shows from midday until midnight and is open late with a good selection of drinks set in a former gin palace. You always have to check out the Summerhall which is a wee bit away from the main festival hub but has so much character and a lot of things going on. If you want to drink away from The Festival head down to Queen St to get the best cocktails in town.”


The Voodoo Rooms

This bar and restaurant is so huge you could happily spend all day and night in it; just swap to another room when you need a change of scenery. Get lost in the cocktail list, do some tequila slammers and order food to keep you upright.

Here’s what they will be up to over The Fringe:

“Over the festival we will be hanging at The Speigeltent and The Udderbelly, enjoying beers and burgers! Villager is also a great spot to chill out open all day for food and drinks! For later on Garibaldi's is prime for dancing along to some cheesy tunes and drinking Mojitos!”

Edinburgh Fringe Festval, August 1st - August 25th