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Edinburgh Epicurean is the perfect spot for revelling with old friends. A recent visit to Edinburgh for some speaking engagements presented the opportunity to do exactly that!

Good Times At The Edinburgh Epicurean

We’d booked for dinner at Cucina in the G&V hotel off the Royal Mile. The G&V had come highly recommended, and I’d heard they had a good bar there too. So we pushed the table reservation back and reserved a table in the bar for kicking off the evening.

The Epicurean bar takes inspiration from the Scottish Colourists; four post-impressionist painters who crossed the late-Victorian and Georgian era, bringing French and Mediterranean influences into Edinburgh and formatively influencing contemporary Scottish art and culture. The Scottish Colourists are among Scotland’s most cherished artists, beloved of gallery-goers and collectors alike.

The beautiful bar is decorated with artwork from artist Joanna Sokol. Split into different sections from non-alcoholic beverages (we skipped those) to Barley drinks and an extensive G&T menu; we certainly had plenty to choose from.

Images from the Epicurian Bar Menu

Come Alive On A Friday Night

The atmosphere on a Friday night was buzzing but relaxed. There were plenty of groups to start the evening and professional couples relaxing at the end of a hard week. The music playing was loud enough to add an atmosphere but not get in the way of old friends catching up.

Table service meant we could easily ‘taste’ our way through the menu, with a focus on the gin cocktails. Our table reservation was pushed back twice (no problem they said) as we were enjoying ourselves too much in the bar. In fact, the bar was so good, I can’t remember much about dinner. We had a great dinner (I remember that!) and came back down to the bar to keep chatting into the wee small hours.

Until Next Time…

When in Edinburgh and looking for a great vibe, then do pop into the Epicurean. You can be assured of a great welcome and great drinks!


I am Jay, the founder of Wine, Travel and Song. UK based, I set this blog up in 2016 to share my passion for food & drink, travel and music - Wine, Travel & Song. In these posts I share some of my passions in the hope that it may inspire you to go there, eat that or listen to this. In return I hope you will comment and share recommendations of where to go, what to eat and what to listen to!