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Fans of the Bon Vivant bar will be pleased to hear that they are running Edinburgh's newest venue, which is set to be a must-visit this summer

Published 8th May 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The high-end champagne and cocktail lounge bar run by The Bon Vivant in The Edinburgh Grand promises to be one of the city’s most glamorous venues.

Set to open on the 1st June, The Edinburgh Grand is the latest addition to the Lateral City portfolio and will offer a range of 50, luxury hotel-style apartments, restaurants and The Register Club Champagne and Cocktail lounge.

Picture: Illustration of the Edinburgh Grand by Bourhillustration, Edinburgh Grand Facebook

This decadent destination is located in the former global headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Register Club will occupy the entire west wing of the grand building, situated on St Andrews Square.

The Club will be reservation only, meaning diners are guaranteed a luxe spot to eat, drink and relax.

With space to enjoy the intimate atmosphere that harks back to the glamorous art deco heritage of the building, The Register Club will be open during the day and into the evening.

Dishes on the menu will be made using local and artisan produce which visitors can enjoy alongside a bespoke cocktail list.

Picture: cocktails will take centre stag at The Register Club

The celebrated Bon Vivant Group, which also runs the Devil’s Advocate in the Old Town and El Cartel, will operate The Register Club, bringing its established, award-winning expertise to delivering a new first-class experience for Scotland’s capital city.

In addition to the main lounge and cocktail bar, The Register Club will also boast its own Games Room which benefits from separate access.

Together with the innovative interior design, this allows the space to be hired for exclusive, private events for up to 35.

With high ceilings, decorative plasterwork and decorated in a striking dark blue, the Games Room has retained many of its original features whilst showcasing plenty of contemporary touches.

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Picture: views of the city from the Penthouse, Edinburgh Grand Facebook

General Manager of Lateral City, which operates The Edinburgh Grand, Gavin MacLennan said: “The Register Club will bring something completely new to Edinburgh.

"It will combine the kudos of a private club, the buzz of a cocktail bar and the interiors of an upscale establishment.

“We asked The Bon Vivant team to operate it, bringing their expert touch to ensuring that the experience in this breath-taking space is top notch.

"The Register Club is sure to become the city’s most stylish, yet discreet, spot for Edinburgh’s well-heeled set as well as our guests at the five-star Edinburgh Grand itself.”

Picture: a selection of the cocktails that will be available, supplied

Stuart McCluskey, Founder of Bon Vivant, adds: “The Register Club is undoubtedly a unique and aspirational addition to Edinburgh’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene.

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"We will provide a selection of well-executed dishes and inspired, bespoke cocktails to a discerning clientele in a stunning yet relaxing space that ebbs warmth and sophistication.”

The Edinburgh Grand is Lateral City Apartments’ newest property in the city and is part of Chris Stewart Group’s ambitious Registers development, a regeneration and redevelopment project which is set to transform a corner of the prestigious St Andrew Square.

Chris Stewart, CEO of Lateral City and Chris Stewart Group, said: “When we started talking about creating a ‘club floor’ in The Edinburgh Grand, we knew it would have to be something really special.

"The team at Bon Vivant set the standard for mixology and service.

"Their knowledge and experience of their craft is unmatched in Scotland. Combine that with the rich, grown up surroundings of The Register Club, and we have created a really smart, really intimate space for everyone.”

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Picture: the experts from the Bon Vivant will be creating the cocktails, supplied

As well as The Register Club on the fourth floor, the Bon Vivant team will be launching an aperitif cocktail bar with a light, continental food menu alongside a late night basement hangout offering an eclectic blend of fabulous food, drink and live music.

Additionally, London based Hawksmoor will be opening a 170 cover restaurant in the prestigious former banking hall.

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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