Heads & Tales

Heads & Tales
1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD
  • Telephone 0131 229 3402
  • Bar open Tue–Thu & Sun 5pm–1am, Fri/Sat 5pm–3am. Closed Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sun 5pm–10.30pm. Closed Mon.
  • Email
  • Website www.headsandtalesbar.com
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Heads & Tales

Underground bar where gin is king and the food helps it rule.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

With close to 100 gins available and knowledgeable staff on hand, you could easily go on your own gin tour here (or book a regular tasting). Take care though: the speakeasy feel, glinting stills and range of comfortable seating might make you lose track of time. You should definitely try the excellent house gin cocktails, but there is also a ‘traitor’ cocktail range (without gin), craft beers in cans and a few wines if gin is not your thing. But whatever you choose to drink, don’t ignore the food. The new menu of dumplings and bao buns comes from the Kyloe kitchen, hence the melty meaty items like gyukatsu beef (deep fried breaded beef) and braised brisket bao, plus decent veggie options too (that’s you, crispy miso aubergine bao). Top tip: add a side of disco fries, slathered with Japanese mayo, tonkatsu sauce (not dissimilar to Edinburgh chip sauce), flaked bonito, green onion and sesame, and party on.

The List's rating
7.4

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Megan Welford visited Heads & Tales on 13 June 2019
  • High point: Gin. And surprisingly good food.
  • Low point: The booths are a bit disconnected from the bar.
  • Notable dish: Okonomiyaki disco fries
  • Average price: £12 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 3 x booths seating 12
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Depends on the day/time- artist radios, staff choice playlists, ambient. Phil Collins on a Sunday lunch.
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 100 (standing)
  • Open since: 2014 June
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £23 per bottle

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