Scotch Malt Whisky Society Kaleidoscope Bar wins Global Whisky Bar of the Year award

A whisky bar in Edinburgh has recently been named best in class.

Published 18th Apr 2022
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Kaleidoscope Bar in Edinburgh has been named the Icons of Whisky, ‘Global Whisky Bar of the Year,’ in Whisky Magazine’s World Whisky Awards 2022 in London.

Kaleidoscope Bar is located on the ground floor of 28 Queen Street, a four-story Georgian town house in Edinburgh.

The award-winning bar is open to all, offering welcome deals to not-yet-members including ‘Membership and a bottle for £99’.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s focus is always on flavour and Kaleidoscope Bar love to experiment with sensory elements to enhance the enjoyment of drinking whisky.

Visitors can expect an ever-changing collection of more than 500 exclusive single malts from Scotland and beyond, as well as food pairings, cocktails and music matches.

A recent collaboration with Kingdom Scotland, Scotland’s first fragrance house, incorporated guests’ olfactory systems to show how your sense of smell is key to discovery when enjoying whisky.

The bar also offers the finest craft beers, spirits, cocktails and wines.

Commenting on the award, Sarah Prior, venue manager at 28 Queen Street, said: “To win ‘Global Whisky Bar of the Year’ is an outstanding achievement and to gain that highest level of recognition is amazing.

"We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming bar with expertise in whisky, but Kaleidoscope is a fantastic bar for anyone to visit, whatever their level of whisky knowledge. If you’re a whisky lover already, it’s a must-visit location.

“The passion our staff have for the Society is embodied in our friendly and first-class service. Being open to non-members gives us the chance to show this love for the world’s most colourful whisky club.

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“From ever-changing unique single malt and one-of-a-kind single cask drams to a range of summer cocktails and delicious bar snacks, there’s something to please every guest.

"As we welcome more visitors to our beautiful city over the summer months, Kaleidoscope Bar will be the place to visit in Edinburgh for locals and tourists alike.”

Find out more about the Kaleidoscope Bar by visiting the SMWS website.

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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