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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

££ - £££European, British,
87 Giles Street, Edinburgh EH6 6BZ, Scotland
+44 131 554 3451
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“tasting menu” (2 reviews)
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European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
87 Giles Street, Edinburgh EH6 6BZ, Scotland
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

I joined SMWS years ago and keep haunting the Leith venue, it being where it all started. The dark red walls with both dramatic, informational (the roof) and cheeky paintings (wink wink: the Norman Rockwell Connoisseur -painting pastiche has quite many levels indeed), the history-filled...More

Thank AndroidTemplar
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Visiting friends they wanted me to try something different and I have to say this place is absolutely very chilled out, sitting on nice sofas, looking at hundreds of bottles, going through your whiskey menu... very cool. I ended up even buying a bottle (never...More

Thank Eugenio_aus_Wien
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Our meals were great, as was the service for the meal. Service in the bar on ground floor was non existent Staff talked among themselves and never did approach us. The place could use some cleaning. Stairs up to the dining room were filthy. Would...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We are not big scotch drinkers, but wanted to taste some of the single malts. This was a great place to go. You don't have to be a member of the society to taste the whisky in their bar. A very knowledgeable server brought us...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Didn't know what to expect as we were just seeking good whiskey. This was a fun experience as you get to choose the flavor profile you like and they bring out your delicious dram of whiskey. A bit upscale but worth it!

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

We had five whiskies to taste with an excellent talk by Olaf on the making of these 60 degree proof whiskies and how to drink them. It was a very good one and a half hour talk and guidance. Everyone enjoyed it and found it...More

Thank Moosie57
Reviewed 1 July 2017

For our last night in Edinburgh, our son had arranged for us to have dinner at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. While there is a room dedicated just for members, the public may make reservations to eat in their dining room. Hands down, the best...More

Thank macwim
Reviewed 2 June 2017

We tried one of the tasting paddles as virtual novices to the intricacies of Whisky and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The wait staff were more than happy to pass on their knowledge to us and the atmosphere is dark and cosy. Definitely worth a visit...More

Thank Glutenfreefeedz
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Eating at the SMWS has become a regular appointment. The best value for money of the restaurants tried in Edinburgh so far. Great atmosphere.

Thank pquattrone
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Visit frequently, mainly for whisky, but increasingly often have food as well. The most recent was a platter of three starters for £12 - excellent value, and great food. Glazed pork belly, beer-battered haddock and smoked salmon. (Who knew that smoked salmon and pork belly...More

Thank WhiskyCyclist
SMWSthevaults, General Manager at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2017

Dear Whiskycyclist Very kind of you to share your comments regarding your experience and how much you enjoyed the food offering. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Vaults in the near future where you can again mix and match some interesting combinations...More

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Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town,
until after dark when strappy dresses come out to
play. This is the city’s central business district
with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many
of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest
clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street
helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned
Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 87 Giles Street, Edinburgh EH6 6BZ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 554 3451
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