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Secret Arcade – Secret vodka bar

A Polish vodka bar in a capital city obsessed with its beer and whisky… The thrill of visiting the Secret Arcade is partly because it feels forbidden, underground. Turn through a small set of swing doors on tiny Jackson’s Close (a narrow alley), go up a some wooden stairs, and you emerge in this vodka drinker’s paradise.

With 100+ kinds of vodka to choose from, and several low tables with seating set against the walls, the atmosphere is low-key yet classy. The staff are mainly Polish, which adds to the authentic feel, and as it’s off the beaten track, it rarely fills up till fairly late in the night.

They serve other drinks as well, but if you’re like me and used to the usual supermarket vodkas, Secret Arcade might just convert you to drinking the stuff straight. Try out one of their cocktails: something fruity, spicy, or an especially interesting choice: Oak, Coffee, Caramel & Almond Vodka. 

This is a great place to get ensconced with a few friends if you want a break from the usual pub scene, or for drinks before heading on to a club or gig. 

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Details about this spot



Jackson's Close (28 Cockburn Street), Edinburgh

Telephone number


Opening Times

12:30 - 01:00 daily


Vodka Shot: £ 2.95


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)