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My Neighbourhood: Edinburgh

As a whisky ambassador, Dan Volway travels far and wide telling folks about the wonder of the Scots’ great gift to the world.

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He was born in Calgary, he’s based in Vancouver, but Dan Volway spends so much time telling Westerners about the glories of whisky, you’d think he at least deserves honorary Scottish citizenship. As a brand ambassador for the Edrington Group, his job is to educate the uninitiated about heavyweight Scotch brands The Macallan and Highland Park (as well as Cutty Sark and The Famous Grouse)—a task that takes him back to Scotland with welcome regularity. Here are his picks for Edinburgh.

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Tucked away in an old Victorian pumphouse just off the city’s frenetic Royal Mile, The Devil’s Advocate is simply a gem—they have pages of whisky, of course, but also taps of local craft beer, and they make revelatory cocktails—it’s a great example of a modern British gastropub.
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If I have my choice of hotels, I always go for Tigerlily, a boutique hotel on George Street in the new section of town. It’s small (33 rooms) but has great style and a well-curated cocktail bar.
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There are dozens of purveyors who will whip you up a kilt regardless of your name, but no one blends tradition with modern better than Howie Nicholsby at 21st Century Kilts on Thistle Street. Book ahead if you want to be fitted for a bespoke number.
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If I could go to only one cocktail bar it would be the new Panda and Sons: it’s disguised as an old-fashioned barber shop, but once you find it you’ll never forget it. One of the great bars of the world!
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People always want to know the best spot to snag a bottle for home. I like Royal Mile Whiskies—they have a great selection and a good website, so you can browse online before stopping in.


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