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November 21, 2018

On Edinburgh's Southbridge, the Whistlestop Barber Shop has, er, coiffed its last cocktail and been replaced by The Wild Yarrow Bar and Bistro.

The 'classic bar food' selection features fish 'n' chips, mac 'n' cheese, burgers, a minute steak, empanadas and a shepherd's pie. Asparagus with goat cheese and mozzarella sticks are among the veggie options.

We missed the memo about empanadas being a classic pub grub item but are delighted to see them on the menu.

The pre-theatre menu is perhaps more wide-ranging. The starters include a seafood gratin plus a duck and chicken terrine while the main course choices include halibut with a pistachio crust.

As well as several cocktails, The Wild Yarrow makes much of its gin selection.

Interestingly, they also run regular gin, saké and sushi tastings (pictured) in partnership with the excellent Kanpai Japanese restaurant.

Gin at La Bonne Auberge

It's a gin thing at La Bonne.

It's a gin thing at La Bonne.

Cross over the M8 and we find gin is moving centre stage on the bar at La Bonne Auberge in Theatreland.

A firm favourite with 5pm customers, La Bonne Auberge has already won awards for its selection of international fizz, Champagnes and fine tasting wines.

Recently, the French brasserie has added seven specialist Scottish gins to its drinks menu.

They include Eden Mill Love Gin, Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur, The Botanist Islay, Caorunn Gin and Rock Rose Gin.

To ensure that customers order the perfect G&T, the menu also recommends the ideal Fever Tree tonic with which to pair your gin of choice.

La Bonne Auberge will also feature monthly guest gins from around the world.

The first guest gin will be one which has won oodles of awards: G’Vine. Crafted in the Cognac region, it is distilled from grapes and infused with vine flowers.

Book in via 5pm Dining

Of course, La Bonne does a whole lot more than invitingly frosty G&Ts.

You can book in for lunch, dinner and most points in between via 5pm Dining.

For example, they are currently offering French afternoon tea at £15 a head. It includes a glass of fizz as well as all-you-can-drink Suki tea or speciality coffee.