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Where to enjoy aperitivo in Edinburgh

Time Out’s selection of the best early-evening spots in the city

By Time Out in association with Peroni Nastro Azzurro |
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Twilight, that time between work and play that offers so many possibilities, is aperitivo time. You want a little something – a well-served drink and a few tasty bites – to keep you going until your dinner date or that show you’ve booked tickets for.

Here we’ve picked five excellent choices in the city that offer aperitivo menus and also serve Peroni Nastro Azzurro. The delicate bitter note of hops and the subtle fruitiness of Peroni Nastro Azzurro make it a great accompaniment to food. Crisp and lightly sparkling, its clean, dry taste is especially suited to the ingredients and dishes found across southern Italy, aperitivo classics like rich cured meats and cheeses.

Swing by one of these excellent bars on your way home from the office. Catch up with a friend over a Peroni Nastro Azzurro Piccola, or get into the sharing spirit with a charcuterie board and the new sharing-size Alta bottle.

Edinburgh aperitivo

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar G&V

Beautifully decorated in rich colours, the bar of the G&V Hotel on the Royal Mile is a fabulous place to simply sit and be. Their snacking menu includes sharing platters, classic Italian dishes and what their barman claims are ‘possibly the best zucchini fritters in the world’.

Panda & Sons
Till Britze
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Panda & Sons

It might not seem a classic spot for aperitivo at first, but this funky basement drinking den delivers as a seriously good bar. From the street it’s disguised as an old hairdressers, but as you venture downstairs to the main room the vintage vibe kicks in. Peroni Nastro Azzurro features on their Prohibition beer menu, and accompanying food includes a cured meat board of Neapolitan salami served with sunblush tomatoes and olives.

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The Cafe Royal, Bars, Edinburgh
© Suzanne R Livingstone
Bars and pubs

The Café Royal

Edinburgh is a foodie town with a passion for international influences – even if the produce itself often comes from local sources. The Café Royal has a Scottish take on aperitivo – a seafood platter of lobster, oysters, king scallops, langoustines and mussels cooked in a garlic butter, white wine and fresh herb sauce. Share this as a taster platter for £29, or go for oysters as you sip your Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

Forth Floor
Paul Dodds
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant

Harvey Nic’s has a reputation for fine drinking and dining (when you’ve done shopping) that goes back decades. Here in the city, their Forth Floor space lives up to the hype. The antipasti platter from the Brasserie menu (£13) is perfect for gregarious grazing over a chat.

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Restaurants, French

Galvin Brasserie De Luxe

Have your aperitivo time any way you want. Feeling patriotic? Go Scottish and snack on crab, lobster or traditional haggis or a selection of artisan cheeses. Or think Med and order the heritage tomatoes, watermelon, bocconcini and basil, or salami and pickles.

Italian Edinburgh
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