Edinburgh cocktail bar named one of the best in the world

A multi-award winning cocktail bar in Edinburgh has been named as one of the best in the world.

Published 18th Oct 2023
Updated 18 th Oct 2023

Edinburgh cocktail bar Panda & Sons was announced as the one of the best in the world at an annual industry event in Singapore.

The 2023 global list compiled by ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’ includes the most popular and boundary pushing bars across the globe from ‘secretive speakeasies’ and ‘quirky salons’ to ‘classic drinking dens’.

Panda & Sons is the only Scottish bar to place within the top 50 - it came in at number 39 - and one of only six in the UK to feature.

Panda & Sons’ Owner, Iain McPherson, who earlier this year was named as Bar Innovator of the Year by Class Bar Awards, was joined by his team on stage (Nicky Craig and Sean Moggach) to accept the accolade.

Edinburgh cocktail bar best in world
Sean-Moggac, Iain-McPherson and Nicky Craig

The international celebration was held in Pasir Panjang in Singapore with a range of industry professionals in attendance.

How does the World's 50 Best Bars work?

The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy of over 650 drinks experts from across the globe recognised Panda & Sons for their innovative sub-zero freezing techniques which were invented and evolved in-house in a basement laboratory coined ‘The Brain Melting Society.

Panda & Sons launched their latest cocktail menu ‘Transcend’ this year, to critical acclaim.

Shortlisted by Tales of the Cocktail for Bar Menu of the Year, Transcend features sixteen cocktails arranged in four chapters exploring and highlighting a different ultra-low freezing technique.

Combining creativity with science, each of these techniques have either been invented or developed by McPherson and his team over five years of research and fine-tuning.

Offering never-before-seen flavours, textures and innovations that advance cocktail making into a new era of drinks creativity, the Panda & Sons team share their knowledge with bars all over the world in a bid to keep the industry progressive.

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Panda & Sons, Queen Street, Edinburgh, UK
Panda & Sons, Queen Street, Edinburgh, UK, EH2 4NF
Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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