Three new Edinburgh bars battle it out for prize

The Jolly Botanist on Morrison Street is one of those hoping to be named Scotland's best new bar.
The Jolly Botanist on Morrison Street is one of those hoping to be named Scotland's best new bar.
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THREE Edinburgh watering holes are vying to be named Scotland’s best new bar at a national awards ceremony.

New arrivals Ox 184 on the Cowgate, Sligh House on George IV Bridge, and The Jolly Botanist on Morrison Street will fight it out alongside Glasgow’s West on the Corner for the Repertoire New Bar of the Year at the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards.

The event, previously called the DRAM awards after the industry magazine which runs the competition, is now in its 20th year.

Editor Susan Young said: “The trade has changed a lot over the last 20 years and we felt not only was it time to refresh the title, but this year we have also allowed people to nominate their favourite pubs online. More than 4,000 nominations were made, which is tremendous.”

She said judges had been “blown away” by the standard of the pubs and bars shortlisted for this year’s event.

Ms Young added: “Bar and pubs from all over Scotland were nominated in this category, and the judges, including mystery shoppers, were impressed by the professionalism and the high standards of service they received every step of the way.”