Panda & Sons collaborate with Holyrood Distillery for weekend takeover

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

World-renowned Edinburgh cocktail bar Panda & Sons is partnering with Holyrood Distillery for a weekend takeover where guests can enjoy the distillery's highly anticipated new gin release Height of Arrows.

Winners of multiple awards and included on lists of the World’s Best Bars, Panda & Sons opened its city centre bar in Edinburgh in 2013. Like Holyrood Distillery, it has developed a reputation in the drinks world for its experimental approach that pushes boundaries whilst supporting local flavours. The award-winning team at Panda & Sons will take up residency at Holyrood Distillery's bars on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th August, serving up bespoke cocktails made using Height of Arrows, as well as their new make spirit. Holyrood’s Height of Arrows is a truly unique gin, made with a whisky maker’s philosophy from just three ingredients – one botanical and two modifiers. Height of Arrows is a translation of the gaelic name for Arthur’s Seat - Ard Na Said; not only representing the location of Holyrood Distillery in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, but also a reflection of the ambition and vision of the team – quite literally aiming further to challenge distilling stereotypes.

By law, whisky must be matured in the cask for a minimum of three years. Holyrood Distillery’s new make spirit comes directly from the whisky still - before the cask maturation process - and tasting it at this stage gives a fascinating insight into the flavours imparted through distillation. Panda & Sons' cocktails will be available to both guests in Holyrood’s outdoor Courtyard Bar, as well as their indoor bar which enjoys fantastic views of Salisbury Crags. Evening guests will also enjoy the company and entertainment of legendary Edinburgh drag queen, Alice Rabbit, who will host the evening sessions with songs and conversation.

Advance booking is highly recommended. To reserve a table and for more information please visit:

Interactive experiences are also available at Holyrood Distillery, giving visitors the chance to tour the working distillery and learn about Holyrood’s innovative approach to whisky production.

The Holyrood Distillery Courtyard Bar is open throughout August and, in addition to cocktails, serves up its own spirits alongside drinks from carefully selected local independent brewers and distillers. Holyrood has also partnered with local restaurant Luxford, and independent coffee bar, Don’t Tell Mama.

The Courtyard Bar is dog-friendly and a relaxed and welcoming outdoor space to enjoy some of the city’s finest food and drink, just a stone’s throw from the Pleasance venue.

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