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The Platinum List: Rest of the UK Bars

We've teamed up with The Platinum Card® from American Express to bring you a guide to the UK's greatest watering holes

The UK is peppered with culinary boltholes. Across Michelin-starred kitchens and boundary-pushing bars, chefs and mixologists are impressing and delighting with the country’s bountiful produce.

Bramble, Edinburgh

Bramble’s concealed, subterranean location eludes passers by, meaning its spoils remain strictly for those in the know. Enter for classic cocktails and bold blends amid brooding, low-lit interiors.

Call: +44 131 226 6343
Visit: bramblebar.co.uk
16A Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JE

orchid bar

Orchid, Aberdeen

Hailed as a home for discerning drinkers, Orchid inverts classic cocktail recipes. Try the Woodger Believe It for a highball with a twist, or make like a naughty Theresa with a Running in the Wheat Fields.

Call: +44 1224 516126
Visit: orchidaberdeen.com
51 Langstane Place
Aberdeen
AB11 6EN

Australasia, Manchester

A sophisticated addition to Manchester’s notorious nightlife scene, Australasia offers sushi and extravagant cocktails in a stylish, underground bar. Expect laid-back vibes and upbeat tunes.

Call: +44 161 831 0288
Visit: australasia.uk.com
1 The Avenue
Spinningfields
Manchester
M3 3AP

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Devil's Advocate, Edinburgh

Tucked down a cobbled alley, this bar oozes Scottish appeal. With exposed-brick walls, a stone ceiling and wooden bar, hunker down in a cosy booth to taste test your way through an endless selection of golden elixirs.

Call: +44 131 225 4465
Visit: devilsadvocateedinburgh.co.uk
9 Advocates Close
Edinburgh
EH1 1ND

Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Disguised as a barbershop, this Prohibition-style bar is as eclectic as they come. Enter via a door within a bookshelf, and work your way through the cocktail menu in any of the candlelit nooks and crannies.

Call: +44 131 220 0443
Visit: pandaandsons.com
79 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4NF

Vice & Virtue, Leeds

Work up an appetite sipping on niche craft cocktails at atmospheric bar Vice, before heading upstairs to Virtue, where modern, seasonal British menus satisfy all kinds of foodie cravings.

Call: +44 113 345 0202
Visit: viceandvirtueleeds.co.uk
68 New Brigitte
Leeds
LS1 6NU

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Bar Tonic, Edinburgh

Just off Edinburgh’s iconic George Street, Bar Tonic is renowned for its traditional drinks menu and friendly atmosphere. Go on weekdays for a relaxed drink or two, or at the weekend for live music and DJs.

Call: +44 131 225 6431
Visit: bar-tonic.co.uk
34a North Castle Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3BN

The Botanist, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

No prizes for guessing that this bar specialises in botanical-themed drinks. Try the Poppy and Pomegranate Martini for a zingy cocktail infused with basil, or an English Mojito for a refreshing take on the classic.

Call: +44 191 261 6307
Visit: thebotanist.uk.com
Monument Mall
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7AL

Jalou, York

These mixologists know how to get a reaction from a suave crowd. Putting a charismatic spin on York’s bar scene, Jalou adds unusual ingredients and magical twists to classic cocktails.

Call: +44 1904 466502
Visit: jalou.co.uk
2 Micklegate
York
YO1 6JG

The Edgbaston Hotel, Birmingham

Step into a world of elegance and grandeur via any of the three cocktail lounges at The Edgbaston. Moody decor is offset by gilding and art-deco design, while drinks are mixed up by award-winning bartenders.

Call: +44 121 454 5212
Visit: theedgbaston.co.uk
18 Highfield Road
Edgbaston
B15 3DU

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