Panda & Sons

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Panda & Sons
4.5
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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Neighborhood: New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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Eden C
Edinburgh, UK22 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Me and my friend visited after hearing great things and the place really did reach up to the expectations. The music was lovely, the decor had a really nice feel to it and our waiter was super friendly. The cocktails all tasted great and price was reasonable considering how good the reputation of this bar is. I would definitely visit again and I would recommend a visit to this bar. It is busy so you would 100% need to book a table prior. This can be done online so it’s super easy to do so.
Written April 2, 2022
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Becca M
County Dublin, Ireland70 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
My friends and I booked a table in Panda & Sons as was recommended by another friend (booking is essential at the weekends as they rarely have space for walk ins). From the moment we got there we loved the atmosphere and vibe. It’s a speakeasy bar so you enter via a bookshelf in a Barber’s Store! The drinks were delicious, well crafted and tasty and the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable when it came to any questions. A DJ came whilst we were there and the music was great! We’d 100% go back and recommend to anyone who’s looking for somewhere fun with a good vibe for drinks!
Written May 1, 2022
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Le_la
Ljubljana, Slovenia10 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
This underground, prohibition-like themed bar is the little gem that saves Edinburgh. First of all the stuff was amazing, big applause for the kindness, preparation, friendliness and most of all politeness. The atmosphere per se was worth the visit because the bar presents itself as a barber shop and just if you book a table in advance you will be able to enjoy the underground's secret. They have little light to make it more comfortable and evening like, the tables are quite far from each other to ensure not just social distance but also to keep it private. But the real reason to visit the bar is for the cocktails. They have such a nonconformist list of ingredients that it was the first time I heard not just the use of them for the drinks but at all. The prices are fair for what they offer, after all is a taste experience and not a get-wasted type of evening. I would love to come back as soon as I visit Edinburgh again. I drank a coconut based cocktail that in my opinion was stratospheric and my boyfriend opted for a more fruity one and his was delicious too.
Written September 24, 2020
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Vicky
12 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited Panda and Sons whilst visiting Edinburgh for a few days travelling up from Manchester. We researched a few bars and decided to visit here due to reviews we had read. However, we left feeling extremely disappointed. On arrival we were asked to sit in a corner on extremely uncomfortable high chairs which rocked due to not being flat and steady on the ground, therefore had to request a move to a lower table.
The drinks were very expensive for what they were, very small and out dated. The margherita style glass was an absolute joke and one drink had an ice cube that big in it we got about 4 sips of drink from it. The place was dark and dingy and looked like it needed a revamp. Compared to other cocktail bars we have recently visited, we were shocked that a place could serve drinks to this low standard and be so expensive at the same time. However, the plus side was the staff were really polite and attentive and a credit to the place.
Written September 5, 2020
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REVIEWER2022
London, UK112 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is a great bar with fine interior decor and is sure to make anyone smile when sitting in. Drinks were average price for Edinburgh however only a small glass provided. I have to make an additional point however: 1 of the staff members was a bit rude and tried to force us in a seat he wanted us to go in even though lots available which caused a scene in the bar in front of others. We sat somewhere suitable for us and moved. They are also a bit strict ref covid so I would probably recommend people go in time when more relaxed - hopefully then some of the staff members might have been replaced too.
Written June 5, 2021
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ClevelandSkidmore
York, UK15 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Upon walking through the bookcase door, I was encapsulated with the ambience created by the dim lighting and the panda embellished environment I was sat in.

I have to let potential visitors know that a mobile phone is a must, you can’t access the menu without (old chaps and chapettes be warned - I’m 63 and have an iPhone 11 Pro).

Now it’s been quite some time since I tried to woo the ladies. So I may be a little out of touch. However, I would struggle to do so without a steady flow of drinks. I’m a damn sight more charismatic after I’ve had 4 special rum cocktails. Likewise, I’m sure after 4 cocktails the lady I am with finds me equally more impressive. I’d manage to get more eye contact from my lady friend who, over the past 3 years has begun to despise me, than the bar staff when a refill was required.

Now once you receive service from the staff, they are absolutely spot on and I couldn’t ask for more based on knowledge and ability to advise what suited best based on taste and things that we enjoyed. Top drawer.

Overall, probably would venture here again. I’d just be more prepared for the wait and if it improved then it would be a pleasant surprise.

Lavatories we’re nice too.

Skidmore out.
Written August 15, 2021
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Louisesays
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5 contributions
Mar 2020
My self and friends were recommended to try this cool cocktail bar, we had not booked a table so had to wait 30 mins to get in, on top of this we were told once seated that we had the table for 2 hours max! The staff are impolite and obnoxious. Drinks are good but expensive and the venue is very overrated dark and dingy won't be going back. We left and went to tiger Lilly which had a much better atmosphere.. atmosphere...
Written March 1, 2020
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blobrod
151 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Kind of stumbled on this place by accident. We were a group of six and had constant trouble finding places in the city centre we could get a table. Had all but given up and then walked past here just as it was opening and the helpful host managed to fit us in. Excellent menu with a combination of theatrics and just straight up high quality mixology. We only stayed for a couple of drinks but the bar obliged my (annoying) off menu requests with some skill and much to my delight. Thank you. A must visit for fans of high quality drinking. Book or be prepared to queue.
Written October 27, 2020
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Jodie B
Van Meter, IA36 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Great fun - if you are even considering going, GO! What a cool spot to have a cocktail . . . or three! The drink menu has something for all tastes, each served with its’ own cleaver twist, even the ice cubes are varied and unique! Our waiter, Cameron, made our evening that much more fun - he expertly explained every drink that we asked about, chatted with us just the right amount, and really added to our overall experience at Panda & Sons. This has definitely been our favorite bar since we have been in Edinburgh - such fun!
Written May 22, 2022
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Join the Campbells
Perth, UK111 contributions
Aug 2020
Loved this place, we visited this bar on a Topjaw recommendation and were not disappointed.
Once past the Barber shop exterior and down the stairs you enter into a bar that looks and smells like it is directly from prohibition times, the décor is then punctuated by pictures of pandas on the walls. We order a couple of drinks from the cocktail menu, one of which was the birdcage.
Whisky, Aperol and Angostura bitters, smoked in Cinnamon and cloves and very theatrically presented.
This could well be our new favourite Edinburgh bar, we will be back.
Written August 27, 2020
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Panda & Sons is open:
  • Mon - Fri 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
  • Sat - Sun 3:00 PM - 1:00 AM