Arcade Haggis & Whisky House is a pub on historic Cockburn Street near the Royal Mile.
As the full name suggests, Arcade specialise in whiskies and haggis dishes, though besides that, a range of other cold and hot drinks and meals are available.
The national bard Robert Burns, who used to frequent pubs and clubs in the area during his time, has devoted an ode to the haggis. For those who have never tasted Scotland’s national dish, the Arcade’s smaller-sized options include haggis bon bons, haggis nachos and haggis wraps. Main meals featuring the Scottish classic are chicken breast stuffed with haggis, haggis & beef burger, or the signature 'haggis, turnips and mashed potatoes' tower for £13.95 (call this classic dish ‘haggis, neeps and tatties’ to blend in with locals). Gluten free and vegetarian haggis are available upon request.
Burgers, steak pie, fishcakes, haddock and chips (£13.95) are among other main options for the more conventional taste. Bruschetta, smoked salmon bites, cheese boards, soup of the day (£5.50), wraps, nachos and other snacks may suit those with a small appetite, and the desert menu those visitors with a sweet tooth. Saturdays and Sundays the Arcade opens its doors from 9:30am for cooked breakfast and poached eggs options.
Over 100 whiskies predominantly from Scotland complemented by some international specialities and a house whisky make Arcade a solid pub to explore the precious golden liquid. If the acquired taste of whisky is not for you, then the list of spirits, cocktails, wines and soft drinks may satisfy your cravings. An impressive selection of nearly 40 loose teas, coffees and other hot drinks are nice on their own, or to accompany desserts.
Robust chairs and tables, exposed walls and a fireplace contribute to the rustic, relaxed flair, mixed with modern art, cosy boutique armchairs and quirky top hat ceiling lights.
Located near the top of Cockburn Street just around the corner from the busy Royal Mile, the Arcade Haggis & Whisky House is a great wee pub, appreciated by both locals and tourists.
48 Cockburn Street
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