MULTIPLE operator Caledonian Heritable is set to relaunch its Usquabae bar in Edinburgh as late-night speakeasy Encore following a refurbishment.
The new venue is said to be inspired by the cocktail bars of Paris and will offer a range of cocktails paired with a menu of classic Scottish and French dishes.
The bar’s interior is said to have been inspired by Paris institutions the Moulin Rouge and the city’s La République district, with booths, red velvet sofas and rich textile upholstery.
Caledonian Heritable – which this month was crowned the SLTN Independent Multiple Operator of the Year (8+ Outlets) at the SLTN Awards – said Encore is a venue where ‘fashionwear is welcome and activewear is not’.
Encore sits beneath sister bar the West End Brasserie, which was formerly Ryan’s Bar before being reimagined as a Parisian-style brasserie last year.
“We are thrilled to bring this exciting new concept to Edinburgh’s West End,” said area manager Jay Glass.
“Encore complements our beautiful Brasserie upstairs, and I believe it will be a welcome addition to the city. We recognise how important the experience is to our visitors, from the warm welcome to our show-stopping cocktails, rotating guest DJs and live performances, we want to wow our guests and make it a night to remember no matter what the occasion.
“Our talented team has come up with an incredible food and drinks menu that we think people will love and we are really excited to share this with everyone from the 1st of December.”