Scotch Malt Whisky Society launches new Edinburgh bar

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has launched Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar, as part of a major refurbishment of its 28 Queen Street venue.

New revamp for whisky bar. Picture; Jon Need
New revamp for whisky bar. Picture; Jon Need


The bar will be open to everyone from novices to connoisseurs, and locals and international visitors, to explore its ever-changing spectrum of whisky flavours with the bar being home to more than 200 rare single malt whiskies and other spirits.

The selection will change throughout the year giving whisky lovers a chance to continually try new flavours.

A limited range of extremely rare proprietary whiskies carefully selected for the SMWS by a special guest curator will also be available at the bar.

In addition to the whiskies, the bar offers classic whisky cocktails with a Society twist, beers partners Paolozzi Edinburgh Beer Factory and Alechemy, and a range of bar food including sharing platters, a grill section and pairings with whisky.

As part of the refurbishment project, Kaleidoscopetakes pride of place on the ground floor of the Georgian townhouse venue at 28 Queen Street, visible and accessible from street level.

The Dining Room restaurant, previously on the ground floor has been moved upstairs to the first floor and has been significantly expanded.

In addition to the new bar, the Society has also unveiled a number of other changes including a shop selling over 100 bottles of its whisky, and, on the top floor, two new private lounges exclusively for its members.

Jan Damen, Operations Director for the Society, said: “Transforming our venue with this top-to-toe makeover and opening our new Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar is a hugely exciting step in the history of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

“Kaleidoscope is open to all types of visitors, from local whisky fans to international visitors who are just starting out on their whisky journey. The Society is all about exploring the spectrum of flavours within the whisky category and we’ll have one of the biggest selections of rare single malt whisky in the country. More importantly, our selection will change constantly as we release new whiskies each month, providing guests with new flavours of whisky to discover each time they visit.”