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Scotch Malt Whisky Society

28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX, Scotland
+44 131 220 2044
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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09:00 - 23:00All hours
British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX, Scotland
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11 - 20 of 115 reviews

Reviewed 10 July 2017

This used to be worth the cost of the membership a it provided a unique experience for dining, casual dining and tasting. All that is still available but it has really been commercialised and part of the club has been opened to the public. I...More

Thank hamishthescot
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Had a very nice meal at 28 Queen st for my father's 68th birthday. There were 13 of us amd we had lovely private room called the Sample room. Staff very attentative and food was excellent. Didn't feel rushed, often restaurants are telling you what...More

Thank ATChalmers
Reviewed 30 May 2017

The Kaleidoscope Bar on the ground floor of the SMWS is open to the public, but it isn't over-run and is probably a bit of a hidden gem, being just a bit off the main George Street/Hanover Street zone. Comfy booths, or bar stools, allow...More

Thank Sandra and Alan S
Reviewed 25 April 2017

dropped in for lunch, barman was a little sullen, struggled to find a comfy table, limited choices on the menu, pricey for what if offered.

Thank Albanach
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

I visited here a couple of times using a Groupon offer for a bottle of Prosecco and a sharing plater (we chose the meat platter). I am not a usual patron here as I hate whisky. We really enjoyed these visits however and the wine...More

Thank Pauline D
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Well, where do you begin? Firstly, go with a member for the 10% discount and someone to explain things to you! All the bottles just have a label with a number and you explain to the very knowledgeable bar man what you like. you try...More

Thank ArgyleHouseIbrox
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Lovely restaurant which serves great food accompanied by wine or whisky. Quite small so likely need to book in spring / summer.....definitely worth a visit if you want to try some excellent whisky with some memorable food

Thank mandjpenny
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We enjoyed 3 courses of beautifully presented, interesting and tasty food. Vegetarian menu was superb - very rare in Edinburgh. Venison was 'melt in the mouth' good. Beef, pigeon, scallops were just as well cooked and all presented very well on the plate. The service...More

Thank Kate O
Reviewed 17 February 2017

It is about 6 months since I last visited the SMWS of which I have been a member for over 20 years. I was very interested and surprised at the total refurbishment and change of concept. It is now more of a 'public' restaurant and...More

2  Thank Barstooler
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Our visit was a gift and involved a tasting session of 3 single cask malts and a main course dinner from the bar menu. The building is Georgian I would imagine and has most of its original features intact. The rooms we were in were...More

Thank Tam Carr
New Town
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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James T
28 March 2016|
Response from Jan D | Property representative |
We only allow guide dogs in both premises.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighbourhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 2044
  • E-mail
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a Whisky Club, offering the world's largest selection of single cask whisky to its guests. We operate multiple venues in the UK and abroad and have a large Members base which receives discounts and special access to venues and part of venues. The bars offer an ever changing selection of over 200 single casks whiskies as well as wines, beers and other spirits. Bar food is available throughout the day, freshly prepared on the premises using carefully selected ingredients.
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