If you are coming to Edinburgh for a hen party, then a night of drinking is almost certainly on the cards and Edinburgh has hundreds of bars offering lots of different types of nights out to suit a wide variety of tastes. We may not be able to plan your entire night out, but we certainly have some ideas where you can get the party started. Here is a list of some of the top bars in Edinburgh that are great for a hen party cocktail!
Arguably one the busiest parts of Edinburgh is the Grassmarket, which is near the base of Edinburgh Castle. While this part of the city is packed with pubs and bars that attract locals as well as tourists, Dragonfly sets itself apart by catering primarily to people who are in the know. It is a cocktail bar rather than a club, which means that you won’t have to deal with intense crowds. However, it is always busy, even on weeknights, and the music is upbeat and will get you in the mood to celebrate.
The cocktail menu at Dragonfly is extensive, and you might have trouble picking from the delicious drink descriptions. For something refreshing, creative and packing a punch, try the Bajan Basil, which features rum, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and basil leaves.
Address: 52 W Port, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2LD
Phone: 0131 228 4543
The name of this pub and lounge is simple, and it reflects the location, which is on Holyrood Road, as well as the number of beers they serve on tap at the bar. This location can be an exciting destination later in the evening, and you certainly won’t be limited to beers on tap for your hen night.
For a delicious cocktail you will love, try the Pomegranate Cosmopolitan. This traditional drink made with vodka, triple sec, lime and orange bitters with an added sweet and tangy kick from fresh pomegranate juice.
Address: 9A Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8AE
Phone: 0131 556 5044
If you loved the atmosphere at Dragonfly and you want to try something similar, Villager is the perfect option. It is owned and managed by the same people, but the vibe is slightly more contemporary and industrial. The atmosphere is funky, and the food and drinks are just out there enough to pique your interest.
One of the most popular cocktails is the Summer Number Ten, which is a unique mix of gin, elderflower liqueur, rhubarb bitters and a freshly squeezed lemon. If you start to get hungry by the time you make it to this stop, the kitchen prepares some fantastic nibbles like bruschetta with blue cheese, vegetable wontons, bacon arancini balls and quesadillas.
Address: 49-50 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
Phone: 0131 226 2781
As a final stop to round off the night or just as a place to see and in which to be seen, the Opal Lounge is the place to go. It’s open late and each night features a well-known DJ, but the music isn’t too loud so you can keep chatting with your friends throughout the night. Dress to impress, and be prepare to pay a small admission fee that is definitely worth access to this hip club.
Drinks here are relatively standard, but many are served in quirky jam jars rather than traditional glasses. Try the Geisha Martini made with vodka, Midori, lychee liqueur, plum wine and pear juice for a strong but sweet treat.
Address: 51a George Street, Edinburgh EH1 2HT
Phone: 0131 226 2275