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January 17, 2020

Here's a not so cowerin', timorous round-up of Burns Night events.

The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh's George Street is celebrating Burns Night on the 25th of January with a four course Burns supper.

As well as a piper and the Address to the Haggis, guests will enjoy a dinner of cock-a-leekie soup; haggis, braised beef cheek with skirlie and cranachan.

Each course is paired with a drink: whisky or, in the case of the cranachan, a Smoky French Martini.

The Burns supper is on sale for £52pp with the evening commencing at 7.30pm and concluding at 10.30pm. Main pic is from The Printing Press.

Just to add a little piquancy, the Printing Press Bar & Kitchen occupies the former home of 19th century writer Susan Ferrier.

Sir Walter Scott reckoned that she was the equal of Jane Austen.

Her older sister Jane caught the eye of Burns who cited her as a muse in one of his poems.

The Whisky will be flowing at The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen.

The Whisky will be flowing at The Printing Press Bar and Kitchen.

Pipes and trad music at Mharsanta

Sashaying over to Glasgow, Mharsanta on Bell Street is also hosting a Burns Night on Saturday 25th January.

For £29.40pp, guests can look forward to a whisky tasting; top tunes from Daibhidh the piper; the Address to the Haggis and live Scottish trad music from Hingin by a Threed.

The three course menu is preceded by a dram of Glenlivet 12 year-old on arrival.

Innis & Gunn Beer vs Highland Park Whisky vs MacSween Haggis  

In Glasgow's West End, the Innis & Gunn Brewery Taproom on Ashton Lane is hosting several Burns-inspired events.

On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January, they are running a Burns brunch from 11am-5pm.

Guests can look forward to a main dish from the special Burns brunch menu and two drinks from a selection of whiskies, gins, beer, cocktails and soft drinks.

£15 per person will buy you a main course such as Scottish smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on toasted sourdough or poached eggs with beery haggis and a crispy potato scone hash with whisky Hollandaise sauce.

The drinks include Arbikie, Darnley's Spiced or Caorunn gin and tonic; whisky, a selection of I&G beers or a range of cocktails including a Mimosa, Irn Bru Slushie/Old Fashioned or Espresso Martini.

If you can wait until the 30th of January, the Glasgow Taproom is hosting an event billed as Innis & Gunn Beer vs Highland Park Whisky vs MacSween Haggis.

At each round diners will be presented with a beer, a whisky, and a haggis dish, which they will then vote each one out of ten.

There will be four rounds in total, then at the end of the night the team will announce an overall winner. Will it be beer, whisky or haggis?

Tickets are £25 (plus booking fee) and include 4 x half pints of Innis & Gunn beer, 4 x different Highland Park whiskies or whisky-based cocktails and 4 x courses using haggis.