Opening date announced for specialist drinks shop Fred's Whisky in Edinburgh

Fred's Whisky will offer Capital shoppers the chance to try a range of spirits.

Published 3rd Nov 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Fred's Whisky, a new specialist drinks shop that's the brainchild of former bartenders, will open at 106 George Street in Edinburgh in March 2022.

Located on the site of a former Starbucks, the independent retailer will stock a wide range of quality spirits such as gin, whisky and tequila, and the team want to encourage customers to try before they buy as well as offering advice on gifts and drinks to try at home.

Set up by Calum Lawrie, Glasgow's The Gate bar owner Andy Gemmell and former Whyte and Mackay head of whisky experience Daryl Haldane, Fred's Whisky will also have a shop in Glasgow which is set to open in May.

For those keen to see what's on offer, the Fred's Whisky website will go live soon and includes handy recipe videos as well as their range of spirits on sale.

Speaking to the Scotsman, Daryl Haldane said: "We want people to come in and try things. For example, taste that gin and tonic and if you're unsure, let us take you through it and show you how to make it in the shop. So when you go home you've got everything you need to just get on with it and enjoy a great drink.

"We want people to drink better, and to drink differently - to explore the wonderful world of spirits."

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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