by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
March 20, 2007
What would a pub crawl review be without a cocktail bar on the list? And though it's true that Bar Kohl is really not a pub in the strictest sense of the word, it's a great place to add to this list of what may more appropriately be called Bar Hopping. Quite different from most of the other place I've reviewed in this pub crawl, Bar Kohl has quite a lot to offer, whether your staggering in at the middle of making your way though this list, or coming in for a pleasant evening to taste test what is a staggeringly impressive menu of cocktails and vodka shots. This is a nice place, simply put. It's a bit on the trendy side, yes (OK, a fair bit on the trendy side) and does fill up with students; but then what Edinburgh bar doesn't? Despite its tendency to be trendy it's still got a really good atmosphere, and particularly on the weeknights (if you are more about a nice vibe and sampling their selection) are very chilled and you get the place largely to yourself.
It's a nice looking bar, mostly done up in brick but lit all over with candles with tables both tucked away in private little coves and pick nick style tables across from the bar, which spans both sides of a not too cramped area. There is even a gigantic screen in the back room that while I was there played the British cult classic 'Monkey' the whole time, which made for a rather unique step away from being too trendy and pretentious. A lot of people I've heard have complained about the music played in Bar Kohl but to be perfectly honest I remember nothing about it. It can't have been to grating. Another thing that separates this bar from the bars that I normally review is that this one is not cheap. It varies from moderate to very expensive depending on how deeply you want to delve into your pockets. But then it’s a cocktail bar, and from what I can tell it's one of the best in Edinburgh. I have heard locals who make the cocktail bar rounds more than I have say that there are one or two others that are as good or better, but this is far and away the most impressive I have been to, and would recommend it to any one who likes a good cocktail. The staff really know what they are doing and of the 10 of us who went we all came out very very pleased and impressed with what we got. Plus, as you will see in the big chalk board when you walk in they have no shortage of vodka shooters and interesting drinks and pitchers, including one called the 'Big Pimping' which includes champagne and comes with cherries covered in edible gold. Yes gold. Its £62, but it is very nice. Also at a good location, a nice bar to visit.
From journal The Official Edinburgh Pub Crawl....