Basement whisky bar opens

A new whisky bar has opened in the basement of Ryan’s Bar in the west end of Edinburgh.

Usquabae Whisky Bar & Larder claims to have one of the country’s largest ranges of Scotch with more than 400 different whiskies in stock.

Chris White GM Usquabae, Ryan's Bar

The new bar, whose Gaelic name means ‘water of life’,  features copper, wood and stone in its design.

It has seven private alcoves, one of which is used as a bottle keep for club members’ personal tipples. Display cabinets showcase a live cask that will soon house the bar’s own Usquabae single malt whisky.

General manager Chris White (pictured) said: “Ranging from iconic, world-leading brands such as Glenfiddich and The Macallan to unique single cask bottlings from mothballed distilleries such as Rosebank and Port Ellen, our variety is unparalleled.

“Some of our collection pre-dates The Beatles, some was even distilled during World War II and I encourage all to try our rarest tipples, the 1936 Mortlach and the 1940 Glenlivet.”