A whisky lover's dram

A brand new whisky and gin focussed bar, Tipsy Midgie, opens not far from Edinburgh City Centre in the Pleasance area, just a stones throw from Arthurs seat and the Holyrood Distillery.


A cosy 30 seater bar, has been created with a relaxed, chilled out feel with whisky and craft gins taking centre stage and an almost speakeasy vibe to it. The aptly named Tipsy Midgie offers a vast selection of old and rare, unicorn, distillery exclusives whiskies amongst the few hundred bottles of whisky on show. Besides many a single malt you’ll also find Whisky Hyballs (whisky hybrid cocktail menu) where proprietor, Colin Hinds aka @WhiskyForager uses the whisky regions as inspiration and profiles flavours adding a culinary influence allowing a fresh look at single malt whisky which has culminated in these hybrid creations!


For gin lovers, there's the Perfect Serve Menu using gins from independent Scottish distilleries that combines them with and seasonal garnishes, tonics and mixers, to showcase flavour and harmony. Do not miss out on the Darnley's Gin perfect service with a pomegranate ice cube. It was truly delicious.

Taste Magazine Scotland visited and tried whisky hyball, the “MonstArdbeg”, using Ardbeg Wee Beastie with Ultra White Monster, roasted rosemary salt rim and garnished with a rosemary sprig. It was certainly a cocktail of the unexpected as it was served alongside a Buckfast injection. This is one cocktail that will awaken the dead.


Tipsy Midgie has a large emphasis on events and this is the perfect setting for clubs, groups and work colleagues. These are just some of the events they have planned;


Chocolate Pairing Tuesdays : Using only distillery edition and unique single malts to pair with Master Chocolate Maker Sebastian Kobelt’s finest creations, Colin will pair 5 delicious drams with exciting results to contrast, compliment and challenge the palate. Each week a new direction, new whiskies and new flavours to explore will make this a weekly event one not to be missed!


Distillery Discovery Thursdays : We will offer our guests a chance to immerse themselves in Scottish history and folklore, and enjoy a weekly event where we showcase a different distillery; inviting Brand Ambassadors, Master Blenders, tour guides, managers and those devoted to the production of the finest malts and gins Scotland has to offer, ensuring a unique insight into their own journey into the amazing "water of life".


With 5 bespoke drams/gins, hand picked to tell a story, we’ve created a tasting event that promises to appeal to both novices and enthusiasts alike, expertly guided by the passionate champions of their craft ie Glencadam Distillery will be joining us on the 7th April, Darnleys Gin on the 21st April and Ardnamurchan on the 28th April.


Flight Club Sundays : Each Sunday, we will be delving into the joy of whisky flights, showcasing 5 single malts, comparing cask finishes, old and rare, new and modern, old and gold, where each theme has been chosen by Colin himself. 5 stunning drams to be tasted blind, with only the smallest hints given to what’s in store. At the end all will be revealed! Limited availability for this event as many of the whiskies will be single cask, discontinued or very limited editions.


The bar is filled with perfect Instagram hotspots from a neon light to beautiful resin bar counter tops and tables. The whisky wall is most impressive with a whisky mural and lit glass cabinets that naturally give off a gorgeous amber glow which compliments the dark blue interior.






The Tipsy Midgie is the latest project from The Whisky Forager, who previously owned award winning seafood restaurant, the Kilted Lobster and whisky and food pairing restaurant, Whisky Forager.


Tipsy Midgie is open Tuesday to Sunday 12noon – 12am and the whisky & gin bar is located at 67 St Leonards Hill, Edinburgh, EH8 9SB. We would recommend pre-booking via https://www.tipsymidgie.com/

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