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Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, with views of Edinburgh Castle from the ‘all weather’ terrace, Amicus Apple is the jewel in the crown when it comes to the Capital’s cocktail bar and gastro food scene.Boasting an award-winning drinks menu, delicious seasonal food and cozy chic surroundings, shoppers, lunchers, brunchers, daters and party goers come and go throughout the day and well into the evening enjoying good times with friends. We take our Cocktails seriously at Amicus, but our fun even more, so feel free to ask and challenge the bartenders with your weird and wonderful cocktail fantasies!
A lively spot in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, Amicus Apple is a stylish basement bar, where the atmosphere is buzzing, the music loud, and the choice of cocktails extensive. The clientele is very varied, as the place attracts footfall from locals and tourists alike. It has a broad appeal, with their cocktail menu simply one of the choices on offer from their well-stocked bar. Food is served all day, too. Service is quick and accurate, with most, if not all, of the bar staff able to turn their hand to the fine art of mixology.
We started our cocktail sampling with a Nutella Martini (£6.50). This was much as you would expect, with entertaining choco-nuttiness to the fore. It had good creamy, whisky notes, from the Drambuie, giving it a pleasingly unexpected depth. Next, we tried the Dame Miller (£6.95), described as a drink “for those who enjoy the more refined things in life“. It seemed a suitable follow-up to the childish exuberance of the Nutella Martini.
This drink had a really nice balance of fruit, sweet and bitter, making it an elegant and refreshing tipple. One for the summer croquet lawn, rather than the cosy fireside, perhaps, but such an enjoyable burst of citrus sunshine will be a winner with most, all year round.
Next up was an old classic, the Negroni (£6.95), which was replete with Campari bitterness,ticked all the right boxes and is another one to add to the list of “grown up” cocktails. The same cannot be said of the Pink Angel (£6.25), which was one of those dangerous items that had a very moreish sherbet fruitiness to it. This was definitely an exuberantly youthful drink, that will provide excellent fuel for many a girly chat.
Overall, Amicus Apple serves cocktails that hit the mark. It’s a really good location for an evening where you’re looking to cater for competing tastes. The music is possibly a little too loud for those seeking intimate Tête à Têtes, but the broad appeal of both their cocktail menu and their other offerings mean that everyone is likely to find something to keep them smiling. The connoisseur is unlikely to be wowed, but that’s not really where the place is pitching itself.
For an enjoyable evening with solidly good cocktail accompaniment, we recommend Amicus Apple.