Hard by the Royal Mile, within easy reach of Edinburgh Castle & the Scottish Parliament, Whiski does exactly what it says on the tin. Top billing naturally goes to a highly detailed list of nigh on 300 different malts & blends including a comprehensive selection of Lowland names such as the so-called ‘Edinburgh malt’ from the Glenkinchie Distillery. But there’s plenty more to distract curious drinkers, including a terrific cocktail selection & a cracking range of Scottish craft beers. The food also has a Scottish flavour, with haggis ‘towers’, Cullen skink, venison steaks & Atlantic salmon (with whisky & orange jus) all appearing on the menu alongside burgers, pies & pastas. Live Scottish music ramps up the patriotic vibe every evening. An offshoot called the Whiski Rooms sets out its stall as an all-day bar/bistro & whisky shop at 4-7 North Bank Street (0131 225 7224).