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Hoot the Redeemer lands in Edinburgh's Hanover Street

Published: August 3, 2015

Feast your eyes on the mystic fortune teller who awaits your entrance at Edinburgh's latest drinking den - Hoot The Redeemer!

From the team behind the lauded Panda & Sons, Iain McPherson's latest endeavour instantly transports discerning drinkers from Edinburgh's bustling Hanover Street to a time and place reminiscent of a 1950's New Orleans... Prepare to be amazed!

Distinct, eccentric and innovative - the cavern style bar oozes a certain "je ne sais quoi" with its creative charm and quirky adornments. Adding an element of fun to the city's buoyant bar scene, Hoot The Redeemer is littered with the type of childhood wonders one would normally associate with a vintage style funfair.

Adding to this air of fun is the new dive bar's penchant for amusements, which includes their unique, custom-made arcade claw machine. Instead of soft toys, the machine offers a selection of cocktail flavours to individually choose from allowing revellers to create their own bespoke concoctions.

After a nine month period of extensive refurbishment, the venue opened its doors in late July, just in time for the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.

Featuring old cinema style seating and and worn wooden panels, the dimly lit bar is populated with interesting artwork on the walls and also has loads of nooks and crannies giving the fun-fuelled venue a more intimate vibe.

Keeping customers at the forefront, Iain McPherson commented: "I think a lot of bars focus too much on how to impress other bartenders so we wanted to make it more fun for the actual customers."

The bar's menu features a 1970's inspired cocktail offering, an extensive beer list, plentiful spirits and a range of soft drinks. For those who perhaps fancy something more off-beat and off the menu, there is the option to select your own personalised tipple from the claw machine - the bar team are more than happy to give insight and tailor make your own cocktail creations.

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For the long awaited summer days, alcoholic slushies are on offer and come in three flavours infused with gin, tequila or rum. A boozy ice cream range is also available from the bar's large ice cream vendor which consists of spiced colada, whisky with dark chocolate and Bru and elixir wine sorbet.

Iain adds: "A lot of bars are getting quite complicated with their drinks offerings trying to do something new. We really wanted to simplify it but still do something really innovative. We didn't want to confuse people."

Hidden in plain sight, Hoot The Redeemer can be found at 7 Hanover Street, Edinburgh. See Hoot the Redeember's Facebook page.

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Warren Campbell is a food and drink enthusiast who has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the Scottish licence trade. Having written for various publications and worked behind several bars, Warren’s passion for all things trade related is what drives him. He can be seen enjoying a Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood in his favourite haunts around Glasgow or frequenting between Glasgow and Edinburgh’s thriving restaurant scenes.

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