Two long-standing family businesses have joined forces to create a new whisky bar in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.
Ian Macleod Distillers, owners of whisky brands Glengoyne and Tamdhu, has collaborated with long-established restauranteurs Victor and Carina Contini to open Cannonball Bar at the top of the Royal Mile.
Offering a selection of over 120 of the finest malt whiskies, including the full Glengoyne and Tamdhu collections, and a contemporary menu of lunch meals and light bites, Cannonball Bar is the perfect place to soak up the electric atmosphere of Edinburgh with the great views of The Royal Mile.
A stunning new private event space, The Glengoyne Room, located on the basement level, offers a fantastic area for bespoke events for up to 40 people, including private whisky tastings, dinners and corporate events.
One of Edinburgh’s oldest recorded buildings, the bar’s name comes from the cannonball shot lodged in the wall facing the castle.
Cannonball Bar is the third of Victor and Carina Contini’s Edinburgh restaurants – joining Contini Ristorante on George Street and The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant underneath The Scottish National Galleries on Princes Street.
Neil Boyd, Commercial Director for Malts for Ian Macleod Distillers, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Victor and Carina to launch Cannonball Bar and The Glengoyne Room. The location of Cannonball House is so unique spot and couldn’t offer a more authentic Edinburgh experience.
‘Our collaboration with Contini is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Scotland’s national drink and we’re looking forward to welcoming the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the capital with a dram of Glengoyne for fans of a Highland whisky, or Tamdhu for Speysiders.’
Carina Contini said: ‘At Contini we are all about family and offering our customers a fantastic eating and drinking experience. We’re so happy to be collaborating with Glengoyne, who share our ethos and passion.
‘In addition to the superb Glengoyne and Tamdhu collections, we offer a vast selection of whiskies from all over Scotland. So no matter your preference, you’re bound to find the dram of your dreams at Cannonball Bar.’
Cannonball Bar is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am until late. A full list of whiskies on offer can be found here.