Can you believe how much it rained in Edinburgh last night? I absolutely relished being tucked up inside Bar Soba with tropical cocktails and slushies! The place was packed for their relaunch party, which meant I got to sample some of the fresh new drinks and unusual food being served up on Hanover Street. If you know me, you’ll know it’s my favourite street for a night out in New Town – it’s where you’ll find Bramble, Hoot the Redeemer, classic Garibaldi’s, and now the new cheeseburger spring rolls at Bar Soba. Okay, review done – I’ll see you all there with a spring roll in hand. Just kidding, but they were an absolute gem.
Edinburgh in August is wonderfully weird. It transforms into a party-fuelled, showstopping, festival-hyped capital, and all the bars and restaurants step it up a notch as hundreds of thousands of people descend on the city. At Bar Soba, it’s going to be all about Bacardi Nights with DJ sets, local acts and eventually a massive Fringe closing party. We got a sample of those DJs last night, including Nightvision and Tweak, who gave the place an amazing vibe along with the massive crowd, glowing red lights, and glass roof balcony. But what about the cocktails?
My favourite was this soft pink, frozen rhubarb cocktail topped with a lime and blackberry. It was the perfect consistency of ‘slushie’ and the rhubarb flavour came through well without being overpowering. Not everyone loved it, the firm favourite looking to be a new bubblegum cocktail which was just a little sweet for my taste (but it looked a little like a Lush bath bomb – it had a light blue streak through fluffy foam on top of hot pink alcohol!).
I also sampled the Apple and Ginger Mojito, pictured at the top, which was refreshing but definitely thirst inducing. I didn’t get a lot of the ginger in this one, although one of the girls did and hers was a dream. My third cocktail (and last I promise, I was up at 6am the next morning!), was a smooth coconut drink which surprised me by being so good. I’m not a huge fan of coconut in liquid form, it’s usually too sickly for my taste. Not this one, it worked well. I might just have to stop by in November this year too because I spotted a dreamy looking Zombie cocktail on the menu…my go-to birthday drink!
The staff couldn’t have been lovelier, and I’ve got to say a massive thank you to Laura’s friend Loz who invited us all last night. She was telling us about the cocktail masterclasses they run at Bar Soba – something I’d quite like to do since – fun fact – I once briefly worked in a cocktail bar. Never again by the way.
I’ll be heading along to Bar Soba again soon for a meal, because even though the cocktails were the stars of the show, it’s their Pan Asian street food I can’t stop thinking about…
Bar Soba | 104 Hanover Street | Edinburgh