5 of the best places in Edinburgh for a mulled wine

A festive favourite, drinking mulled wine is one of the surest signs that Christmas is on the way.

Published 28th Nov 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

With a rich history in European countries, the drink has been enjoyed since medieval times, and has found renewed popularity in Christmas markets in countries like Germany, Belgium and the UK.

Often described as "Christmas in a Glass", there are no shortage of bars in the capital with their own versions of this sugar and spice merrymaker.

European Christmas Market

(East Princes St Gardens)

Mulled Wine

Picture: Ross G. Strachan\Flickr

Lets face it, there's only one place that's ever going to be at the top of this list for Christmas drinks and that has to be the European Market in Princes St Gardens.

Home to a multitude of stalls selling delicious crepes, bratwurst and of course Glühwein it's the place to go for this festive tipple.

Voyage Of Buck

(29-31 William St N E Ln, Edinburgh EH3 7NF)

Mulled wine

World Champion Mike McGinty, general manager of The Voyage of Buck. Picture: contributed

Voyage of Buck's award-winning mixologists have created offering a special edition ‘Buck’s Mulled Wine’ cocktail for £4.50, the perfect way to toast the start of the festive season.

Ecco Vino

(19 Cockburn St, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP)

Picture: Ecco Vino Facebook

With a floor to ceiling selection of wines, it's no surprise that this excellent little wine bar does a mean mulled wine.

And did we mention that they also have an amazing selection of cheeses? Could be the perfect after work combo.

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The Fireside

(Running Friday 1st December until Saturday 6th January, at the 4 unused arches on East Market Street)

Picture: Fireside / Facebook)

The Pitt and Paradise Palms have teamed up to launch this exciting Christmas themed pop up, creating a cosy winter retreat complete with a fire for toasting marshmallows, street food, Christmas trees and of course plenty of mulled wine.

Badger & Co

(32 Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3HT)


As the purveyours of some of the capital's finest drinks, Badger & Co are another of the first names on the list when it comes to mulled wine.

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With a dazzling line up of festive drinks including boozy hot chocolate and a cocktail called Santa's Little Helper - made with gingerbread infused vodka - you're sure to have something to enjoy after you've had your fill of sugar and spice.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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