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March 20, 2014
[Mother's is on Howe Street.][1]
Mother’s is on Howe Street.

The 5pm Dining blog stumbled across Mother’s Bar on Edinburgh’s Howe Street recently.

Opened in mid-February, it replaced The Standard bar which had been there for five or so years previously.

As the name hints (Mother’s Ruin), gin is very much a focus at the new bar and they have dozens of brands on the gantry.

Matching G ‘n’ T

Interestingly, they pair different gins with different types of tonic. So, they recommend that Gin Mare is served with Fevertree tonic and that Caorunn tastes best when mixed with Fentimans.

Mother’s has different menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there are some interesting options alongside more conventional old faves such as fish and chips.

Moroccan spiced beef kebabs and a prawn linguini caught this blogger’s eye.

In keeping with its Stockbridge/New Town location, the decor is discreetly smart. The swish-looking parquet style tables are a nice touch although the bowler hat lights are likely to be the main talking point.

Scottish gin

It’s certainly a good time to launch a bar where gin is prominent. The spirit is becoming increasingly fashionable and growing numbers of Scottish gins are beginning to appear.

Edinburgh Gin has been a fantastic success story over the last few years and, more recently, NB Gin has begun to be distilled in North Berwick.

The 5pm Dining blog is also looking forward to the end of March when the new Pickering’s Gin will be launched in Edinburgh’s Summerhall.

[A small selection of the gin collection at Mother's.][5]
A small selection of the gin collection at Mother’s.