Heads & Tales

Heads & Tales
1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
  • Telephone 0131 656 2811
  • Bar open Tue–Thu 5pm–1am, Fri/Sat 5pm–3am, Sun 5pm–1am. Closed Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sun 5pm–10.30pm.
  • Average price £12 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.headsandtalesbar.com
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Heads & Tales

Underground bar where gin is king, and that's no bad thing.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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G.I.Y might not be the word on everyone’s lips down your local B&Q, but give it time. At Heads and Tales, G.I.Y stands for Gin It Yourself, a neat ‘make your own cocktail’ concept that happily over-rides any bafflement at the substantial range of gins atop the back bar. During the day, the space is home to the Edinburgh Gin distillery, whose working stills twinkle prettily from behind the main seating area. It’s all wrapped up in a quirky subterranean space; just enough prohibition-style touches to not be annoying; and a compact but perfectly acceptable menu of bar nibbles (the mug of fish and chips goes down particularly well). With evening-only opening, a no children policy, a hard to find entrance (keep your eyes peeled for a solitary, lit plaque above a staircase) and lovely, lovely gins, this feels like a forbidden, adult pleasure – in short, like you’ve died and gone to Gin Heaven.

  • High point: G–I–Y. Sing it with me
  • Low point: No beer on draft. Ah well, best have a gin
  • Average price: £12 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 3 x booths seating 12 each
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Laid-back hip-hop
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2014 June
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £24 per bottle

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