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“Pricey, but quality”

Bramble Bar & Lounge
Ranked #268 of 2,511 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: New Town
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Pricey, but quality”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Went for a post shopping, pre meal cocktail. First off the entrance is confusing - go down the stairs and to the left door, not the right which takes you behind the bar. Get a sign Brambles!

Cocktail menu contains no well known favourites - if you want a long island ice tea its not on the list! That said the cocktails are different from the norm and good, some containing ingredients you wont have a clue about and at £7.00 are not cheap. After one cocktail my wife decided on a glass of champagne and I asked for a gin and bitter lemon- unfortunately they don't do champagne by the glass and although bitter lemon is on the drinks menu there was non to be had so at that we left. Good that's it - a good stop for one drink.

  • Visited July 2014
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hen party policy?!”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This cocktail bar was recommended to my friends and me last weekend while we were out at dinner. We were on a hen weekend but dressed for a normal night out with the exception of some pink headbands. The four of us arrived at Bramble at 9pm, stone cold sober (no pre-drinking), and were immediately refused entry as there is a "no hen or stag do policy". We offered to remove our headbands and explained that we had had nothing to drink and weren't going to cause any trouble. The doorman wouldn't budge and made us feel completely stereotyped and uncomfortable.
Massively disappointed especially when we had travelled out of our way to visit here.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful gin cocktails”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Our second trip to Bramble, and better than before. Though it sounds slightly patronising, the best description in my mind is "clubbing for grown-ups". The cocktails are superb quality, and at around £7 a pop, the DJ in the corner playing good music; it's fun, the interior stylish and the staff are fantastic, and it's the ideal spot to finish (or spend) a night out.

The La Roux and the Labyrinth especially were worth every penny. A must-visit for any couple on a weekend in Edinburgh, though be warned: it fills up, and can be a bit "blink and you'll miss it".

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank AlexOL89
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Horsham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Best cocktails ever ”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

This place is well worth the hunt! Secluded, relaxed vibe, very friendly staff who know their stuff when it comes to cocktails. Great evening. Will definitely be going back

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Thank Rachel M
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fun and different!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Managed to find this place relatively easily after following the advice from other comments as I have tried to visit before. The venue itself is great and something different off George Street. It has a sort of speakeasy vibe. There is a great selection of drinks and I really enjoyed the cocktails. My only complaint is the noise level - quite difficult to have a conversation over the DJ but if you're looking for somewhere with great drinks, not too busy and with great service (table service was brilliant!) then this is the place for you. It is also quite dark because it's in the basement. Because it's not easy to just "walk into" it's a lot quieter than other bars in the area. Would definitely go back and maybe with a larger group of people too. We came on a Saturday night at around 9ish and although we found the last seats at the time, it didn't get too crowded and most people who came afterwards managed to get a seat too.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank IrishScot112
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