Edinburgh is not short of eye-catching bars but Tigerlily has strong claims to be the one that stands out most.
A bar, restaurant and boutique hotel, it sparked the renaissance of the previously drab George Street when it launched in 2006.
It was glam and glitzy but it also had style and substance. It is a decent bet that most of Edinburgh’s current crop of hot mixologists were, at some point, trained by Montpeliers, Tigerlily’s parent company.
In 2015, the venue had a £500,000 revamp aimed at keeping it at the forefront of the capital’s most fashionable bars.
Jim Hamilton, the designer who conceived the original design, led the creation of the new-look Tigerlily. Commissioned to give it a wow factor, he certainly seems to have hit his brief.
The main change sees the much loved Georgian building far more exposed yet cleverly split into unique areas. Eye-catching features include a new marble top bar; a gallery of quirky art; crystal-studded tiled flooring and an abundance of greenery.
For this blogger, the most startling room is the Georgian Lounge which always reminds us of Alice in Wonderland for some reason.
While good looks and tip top cocktail skills are important in a stylish city centre bar, they need to be backed up with similar talent in the kitchen.
Tigerlily uses seasonal and local produce
The menus at Tigerlily use products sourced from local and artisanal suppliers. Look out for ingredients such as Scottish scallops, Peterhead haddock and steaks matured for a minimum of 28 days by award-winning butcher Davidsons of Inverurie
The dishes mix and match cleverly from around the world. Diners might start with tempura asparagus or a smoked ham hock doughnut before moving on to a beef Thai salad or honey-glazed duck breast with a butternut squash purée.
Tigerlily also serves afternoon tea, a special treat when taken in the eye-catching Georgian Lounge.
Tigerlily dining offers
If you have never been to Tigerlily, you can book in via 5pm Dining and enjoy some fabulous offers on breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And if you are already a regular, these offers are a great excuse to pay another visit.
All three offers are available every day except Saturday.
£25 per person for two courses on the evening menu. Includes a glass of house wine, beer or glass of Prosecco
£17.50 per person for two courses on the day menu. Includes a glass of house wine, beer or glass of Prosecco
£15 for two people to have a Kickstart each from breakfast menu. And what’s a Kickstart? A satisfying combination of mashed avocado, sun blushed tomatoes and poached eggs on toasted farmhouse granary bread. Offer includes tea or coffee.