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May 23, 2019

Don't you just love those restaurants that manage to make you feel like either a global explorer or a time traveller (or both)? 

We're talking about the kind of place that conjures up the spirit of a bygone era, or beams you across the map the moment that you step through the door. 

If you fancy the idea of being spirited away over dinner, then we've rounded up six Dine Out Scotland eating spots in Glasgow and Edinburgh that have the magic knack of transporting you elsewhere...

Soak up the Victorian charm at Ingram Wynd

Contemporary Scottish cuisine combined with Victorian elegance? Sounds thoroughly ripping. Ingram Wynd has got 19th century chic down pat, from the stag's head to the Persian rugs to the faded sepia photos. Dickens would love it.

Where to find it:
Merchant City, Glasgow

Bite into the Big Apple at Porter & Rye 

From exposed brickwork to muted lighting, Porter & Rye has nailed that classic Manhattan steakhouse vibe. Order a cocktail, tuck into a dry-aged steak and feel vaguely disoriented when you fail to flag down a shiny yellow cab upon leaving.

Where to find it:
Finnieston, Glasgow

Escape to sunny Seville at Cafe Andaluz

Looking like nothing less than a balmy Sevillian eatery, Cafe Andaluz embraces the spirit of that Southern Spanish city with style. Tuck into a tasty selection of tapas surrounded by bright colours, rustic tiling and hanging lanterns.

Where to find it: Old Town, Edinburgh

Immerse yourself in Art Deco at Urban Bar & Brasserie 

Let's face it, there is no elegance quite like 1920s elegance. Beyond its columned facade, Urban Bar & Brasserie offers a sleek Art Deco dining spot complete with a geometric ceiling and crisp white tablecloths. Perfect for ordering a Gatsby-style cocktail before sampling some classic continental cuisine. 

Where to find it:
City Centre, Glasgow

Experience Milanese chic at Amarone

Decked out to resemble a contemporary Milanese pizzeria, Amarone has high-ceilinged glamour in spades. Feast on fresh pasta and stone-baked pizzas surrounded by swish decor and ambient violet lighting.

Where to find it: New Town, Edinburgh

Dine in a fisherman's inn at The Finnieston

Although pretty far from the ocean, seafood restaurant The Finnieston has managed to create a 'hipster fisherman drops by for a whisky' vibe. Cosy wooden booths, ship's rigging and rustic brickwork all create the sense that you are sheltering from a storm in a clifftop inn (albeit one with gourmet cuisine and gin cocktails).

Where to find it: Finnieston, Glasgow

So there you have it — dining out in Glasgow or Edinburgh doesn't actually have to mean staying in Glasgow or Edinburgh. Pick the right spot and you can travel across the globe instead (or even back in time, if you prefer...).

Sample all of these fabulous restaurants with our Dine Out Scotland offers. Try out the menu for £15.95 (sometimes including a drink) until 2nd June 2019.