I am sure you’re the same as me, when you work in a particular part of the city you tend to frequent places close by. It’s tough when you’ve little time to spare. But there are also days when you do have some time off, and walking just that few more minutes from where you’re shopping will open a realm of possibilities. What ever the case may be for you, think of popping in to Stac Polly’s new Gin and Wine Bar on Dublin Street. It’s a very short walk from St Andrew’s Square and Queen Street. You’ll be rewarded by a welcoming space, that’s witty and understated.
Atmosphere is important if you’re to relax and the team at Stac Polly have got it right. The new bar is above the well established restaurant and makes use of what was once rather dead space. It’s split into three areas, each light and airy. Why understated? Well at first you don’t notice the clever touches. There are lots and lots of lampshades adding light of course, but also hints of colour. The coat rack is made of horns (sorry vegetarians) and there’s a glorious large print of the Stac Pollaidh mountain.
We were there on preview night and tried the tasting plates. The servings are generous. We enjoyed the mix of cold meats on the meat platter and the tasty mix of cheeses and vegetables on the vegetable platter. Added touches of accompaniments such as home made pesto really made the platters special. We’re looking forward to trying the “house chutney” which will accompany the meat platter.
Gin is enjoying something of a renaissance and those who once exclaimed that “they didn’t like the taste” are discovering the clever use of botanicals by the new companies on the scene. It’s great to see many Scottish gins featuring on the extensive menu, including Edinburgh Gin (the raspberry is to die for) and the oh so pure Botanist Dry Gin from Bruichladdich. Which makes this new venue an ideal place for after works drinks too, of course.
29-33 Dublin Street
Telephone: 0131 556 2231
Interior photograph courtesy of Stac Polly.