Say hello to the latest addition to the Edinburgh bar scene: Lucky Liquor Co.
Earlier this week I was lucky (!) enough to be invited to the launch party of the new cocktail emporium – brainchild of Mike Aikman and Jason Scott, the duo behind Edinburgh favourites Bramble and The Last Word Saloon.
Bramble is my all time favourite bar – frankly it’s shocking I haven’t posted about it before. My excuse is that it’s very dark in there (candlelight only) and I’m usually having too much fun to remember ‘proper’ photos. With its hidden, speakeasy-esque location (below City Alterations on Queen Street, shh), chilled atmosphere, friendly bar staff, and drinks like lavender martinis and cocktails in teacups, it’s my kind of place.
However, Bramble is hardly a secret now (not that I really begrudge this, as the success is very much deserved!) and it was high time it had a companion in town. I was more than a little excited to meet its new Queen Street neighbour.
It certainly lived up to my high expectations. Lucky Liquor definitely has a very different look and feel from Bramble (it is just a block away after all). It was fresh, bright and inviting (full of natural light!) and retro without being kitsch. The staff were friendly, showing off their mad cocktail making skills – and it sounds like they will need them, as there will only be 13 spirits and 13 cocktails at the bar, changing seasonally (compared to 40 gins alone at Bramble). Lucky Liquor will also sell these specialist spirits (as Bramble does) much to the delight of Edinburgh’s cocktail aficionados, I’m sure.
The cocktails matched Bramble’s in terms of taste and inventiveness. And Bramble does ‘proper’ cocktails – not premixed packet stuff – it’s practically an art form; think unusual liquers and expert mixology. Those lavender martinis don’t make themselves! Lucky Liquor hones in on a niche range of spirits and comes up trumps with perfectly balanced, unusual flavour combinations (and presentation, I might add). Here is The Rose: Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Kirsch, homemade raspberry syrup and citric acid. Suitably Rosie, don’t you think?
Ruth had the Baronness: Luksusowa Vodka, banana liquer (yum), cardamom tincture (double yum, and I don’t know what tincture is), sugar & fresh lemon juice (with some bamboo to decorate – I thought it was a leek and that was before I’d tried the cocktails). It was deliciously fresh and summery.
Then we tried ‘Happy Moments’, which was going down a storm, and has practically converted me to whisky; it had Bowmore 12 year-old Whisky, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, homemade passionfruit syrup and orange liquer.
I think it’s safe to say Bramble has competition! Lucky Liquor will certainly be one of my go-to cocktail haunts this summer (and beyond) and I’m sure I won’t be alone – those huge windows allow maximum people-watching potential and will tempt passers-by perhaps more than discrete wee Bramble. It’s certainly a great addition to our excellent and ever-expanding cocktail scene.
Lucky Liquor Co is now open! You can find it at 39a Queen Street, and follow them on Twitter here.
Do you have a favourite Edinburgh cocktail bar? Have you been to Bramble or tried Lucky Liquor?