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New whisky bar opens in iconic Edinburgh location

Two long-standing family businesses have joined forces to create a stunning new whisky bar in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.

Published: June 1, 2016
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Ian Macleod Distillers, owners of the Glengoyne and Tamdhu whiskies, is collaborating with Victor and Carina Contini, the long-established Edinburgh restaurateurs, to open Cannonball Bar.

Offering a selection of over 120 of the finest malt whiskies, including the full Glengoyne and Tamdhu collections, and a contemporary menu of lunch meals and light bites, Cannonball Bar is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of Edinburgh with great views of The Royal Mile.

A stunning new private event space, The Glengoyne Room, located on the basement level offers a fantastic area for bespoke events, including private whisky tastings, dinners and corporate events, and can cater for up to 40 people.


The Glengoyne Room. Picture: Cannonball

Located at the very top of The Royal Mile, in the impressive shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Cannonball House is a three-storey eating and drinking experience. One of Edinburgh’s oldest recorded buildings, the name comes from the cannonball shot lodged in the wall facing the castle.

Cannonball Bar mixes a stylish, contemporary whisky bar atmosphere with authentic influences directly from Glengoyne Distillery, near Loch Lomond.

Neil Boyd, Commercial Director for Malts for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Victor and Carina to launch Cannonball Bar and The Glengoyne Room. The location of Cannonball House is so unique spot and couldn’t offer a more authentic Edinburgh experience.

“Our collaboration with Contini is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland’s national drink and we’re looking forward to welcoming the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the capital with a dram of Glengoyne for fans of a Highland whisky, or Tamdhu for Speysiders.”

Carina Contini said: “At Contini we are all about family and offering our customers a fantastic eating and drinking experience. We’re so happy to be collaborating with Glengoyne, who share our ethos and passion.

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“In addition to the superb Glengoyne and Tamdhu collections, we offer a vast selection of whiskies from all over Scotland. So no matter your preference, you’re bound to find the dram of your dreams at Cannonball Bar.”


• Cannonball Bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am until late. A full list of whiskies on offer can be found here.

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