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Panda & Sons Bar Review

It’s always the case. When you’re least expecting to stumble upon a hidden gem – you don’t just stumble but trip with gracelessness. The hidden gem I am referring to in this case is Panda & Sons. Although this ‘trip’ almost resulted unrewarded as this place is so well hidden that even a local on the look-out almost missed it.

Drinks In The City: Panda & Sons

Panda & Sons is located on the corner of Queen Street, neatly tucked between an estate agent and newsagent with the frontage disguised as an old fashioned Barber shop so you’d be forgiven if you walked past without even giving it a second glance. You’ll need to sharpen your wits to work out how to actually access the bar (I’m not going to spoil it for you as your drink will feel more deserved if you do this yourself!) however this is the first (of many) clever and charming characteristics the bar presents.


Never judge a book by its cover!

Once inside the cavernous bar you instantly feel comfortable, with welcoming and knowledgeable staff to help guide you through the extensive cocktail menu. We only had a glass of wine; however the friend who introduced me to the bar indulged in a cocktail on her last visit. She said it was superb and the presentation was fab; served smoking and in a bird cage. It appears that the drinks themselves are a work of art. All of this is washed down with what seemed to be an endless supply of popcorn (complimentary and replenished on a regular basis). Nice touch.

Barber Room at Panda & Sons

Barber Room

Décor is Speakeasy style; vintage standing lamps, with a mix of big comfy seats and more traditional chairs and tables. I loved the mirror in the ladies toilets which had four different hairstyles printed on so you could check how you’d look adorning a different style. Cute!

Booths at the Panda & Sons Bar

Cosy and comfortable

A good selection of wine is served in 125ml, 175ml, 500ml carafe or bottle with prices from about £4.00 for a 175ml so reasonable in relation to the prices of the nearby bars on George Street.

Cocktails (long) start from £7.00 and there is a great selection of alcohol mixes with shorts also on the menu.

Panda & Sons Cocktail Menu

Decisions, decisions.

I haven’t eaten there but I think light bites are served. I was more interested in the drinks menu to pay attention to the food!

The VieAmhor apartments are located in the centre of the old town with Panda situated in the heart of the new town which is maybe about 15 – 30 minute walk (depending which apartment you’re staying in). So I’d recommend paying this place a visit after a hard day of shopping on George Street.

Best For:

Casual catch up with friends or couples who want to get cosy.
I’d highly recommend this bar in winter, given its warm cosy basement set up. However, I’ll need to revisit in summer to see how they make it just as appealing on a bright sunny day.

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Contact Details

a: 79 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF
t: 0131 220 0443

If you are new to Edinburgh then get a feel for the city by visiting our food and drink section or read some of our recent food postings.

Written by Amanda Brown

Amanda, Director of VieAmhor, is a local Edinburgher through and through. Amanda spends her weekends dining out, drinking cocktails and hanging with her three boys (the four-legged, furry variety).

One thought on “Panda & Sons Bar Review

  1. Claire says:

    I’ve had so many people recommend Panda and Sons, I’m going to visit this weekend. As im ‘the driver’ I don’t want any alcohol but I do want my drink served under a bird cadge with smoke and I want a cute little cup and saucer, in fact I want to try all the cocktails but without the alcohol! Is this possible? I think it would be great if I could chose from the menu not just be offered the ‘sea breeze’ I don’t even mind about the price, I know all about buisneess overheads, I just want choice! Claire

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