The Devil’s Advocate is the latest arrival on the busy Edinburgh bar and restaurant scene. It’s hidden away from the Royal Mile down the steep steps of Advocate’s Close. The building was originally a water pump house and the owners have retained a pared back industrial feel. There are some great cosy booths under the mezzanine which has great views of the backlit bar.
The menu is a polished modern take on the Scottish classics. Look out for the haggis bonbons with chilli dip, or their own take on the classic Scottish fish soup – Cullen Skink. It gets pretty busy at the weekend, so a reservation is essential. However, if you can’t get a reservation, it’s a great place for a drink on the way to the Old Town. On the drinks front they have got all the bases covered with good cocktails and beer menu. but it was the amazing collection of whiskies that caught my eye. With over 100 to choose from, most whisky regions in the world are represented.