In the run up to our first festival of the year, Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival, we asked Robyn McCallum, of local bottle shop Bottle Baron, to give us her favourite places in and around the city.
Robyn McCallum, perhaps better known by her social media handles @Bottle_Baroness, or @lovebeerlookhere, runs Bottle Baron in Edinburgh, with her partner Daniel, which is one of the most popular and successful bottle shops in the city. As well as this, she’s a mum, an influencer, and an amazing makeup artist. She’s quite the force to be reckoned with.
Brewery/Taproom (or both..)
“We’re a bit sparse on the brewery front within Edinburgh; we have strict building standards with very little wiggle room. But in saying that, Campervan – located down in Leith – opened their own taproom recently, and it’s been great to see people being able to drink beer on the premises where it was made. You might even be able to sneak a peek at their neighbours Pilot, if you’re lucky…”
“Now, bars are something we excel at – you’ll have no issue finding a great place with good beer within Edinburgh. My mains haunts would have to be The Hanging Bat on Lothian Road; arguably the best bar in town for craft beer and meet-the-brewers or tap-takeovers. If you’re on the other side of town, hit Andrew Ushers for a chill atmosphere and great banter. The list really is endless, so no matter where you are, you’ll always be able to find a good schooner.”
A bite to eat
“There are far too many good places to eat here. Illegal Jack’s has the best burritos in town. Field is a total culinary experience: Michelin standard food but without the price tag. Civerinos do a mean pizza in a cool venue. Ting Thai Caravan does the best Thai Green in a fast moving space. The list is endless.”
“My go-to coffee spot has to be Cult Espresso, just adjacent to Bottle Baron, which is entirely convenient for me. Gary does a great flat white, and he’ll always recommend some damn fine beans to take home.”
“I always recommend that people climb Arthur’s Seat when they visit Edinburgh. Cliché perhaps, but it’s so worth it – there’s a gentle half-hour route to the top that will be entirely worth it for the panoramic views of the city. Calton Hill is a similar experience, with just a set of steps to the top. The Natural History Museum always has something great on, as well as the permanent exhibits. All of these are free, so there are no excuses!”