Review: Nightcap – Cellar Maze

Hidden in plain sight, Nightcap is one of the newest additions to Edinburgh’s prohibition-era style bars. You’ve probably walked past it if you’ve ever been to The Stand comedy club; but when your taxi driver still hasn’t heard of it, you know that’s a good sign. 

The entrance to Nightcap is a little bit dark with odd objects in jars on the window shelves, and once inside you’re met with pinups and corridors spiralling off in different directions. We had booked a ‘cellar’ space for some food and a few drinks, and I knew Hassan would never find me without help when he turned up later! I was tucked away in a winged chair and trusted beside a beer fridge on my own. I liked it.

The cellars were so dark, it was quite difficult to read the menu – but I could see that the cocktails were far from ordinary, and not cheap either. The food is a nice addition, but it’s not the main affair at Nightcap. It’s merely there to get you through the late hours if you’re feeling peckish. The sliders were excellent.

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Sitting there in the dark got me thinking about the kind of events you could hold at Nightcap. The cellars can take bookings for up to 120 people. I need a party to organise…

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As far as reviews go, this one isn’t the most helpful because I was having too much fun to remember the names of any of the cocktails I tried. But that just means you have to go and sample the menu for yourself. And keep it a secret…(even if I haven’t).

P.S There are no beers on tap, just cans – stick to the cocktails, they’re top notch!

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