On Friday night I tried out Heads & Tails, a new Edinburgh gin bar. The place opened this summer and is situated in the basement of the beautiful Rutland Hotel. Talking about underground – this venue feels like a trip back in time to an illegal speakeasy in Prohibition America. From the outside, you would never know the bar was there and descending the stairs to the entrance, I was nervous that I might need to give a secret password at the door!
The interior is very cool with wooden barrels for tables, dim lighting and comfy leather and fabric upholstered chairs. It also has some intimate side rooms (as pictured above) which would be brilliant for a group gathering. The unisex toilets were a bit of a surprise but thankfully there were cubicles – no urinals in sight!
The bar provides table service (no queuing – yay!) and has one of the most original cocktail menus I’ve seen. I loved the PB & J – a cocktail containing two of my favourite things – gin and peanut butter! The delicious Bees Knees was made with honey and came in the cutest teddy bear glass; what a relief that I only had a clutch bag with me! Staff were knowledgeable and friendly which made for a very relaxed evening. There are a selection of light snacks available and I would definitely recommend trying out the meat and cheese platters along with a teacup full of olives.
The light entertainment for the evening was provided by a group of cackling banshees on the next table who had been drinking prosecco (in a gin bar, pffft!) since they finished in the office. There was a lot of over-sharing going on at that table. Maggie, if you’re reading this, I really hope your colonic irrigation went well today, sweetie!
Heads & Tails is home to the two Edinburgh Gin stills which are a prominently displayed behind glass. I loved that Flora and Caledonia (what else would you call your gin stills?) were busy distilling the good stuff while I was busy drinking it! Will I return to this gem of a gin bar? Definitely. And no need to toss a coin to decide!