Never Really Here
Never Really Here
3.5
17:00 - 01:00
Thursday
17:00 - 01:00
Friday
17:00 - 01:00
Saturday
17:00 - 01:00
Sunday
17:00 - 01:00
About
Don't be fooled by the frosted windows, metal grates, and worn down old doors, behind the unassuming facade is one of Edinburgh’s best cocktail bars. This intimate speakeasy draws influence from bars in Berlin and New York, cocktails are stirred down and boozy, service is personable, and the setting is suitably moody and comfortable.
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Neighbourhood: 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 neighbourhood, 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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  • Mary M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem
    This was a quirky interesting experience. The bar is well hidden so you need to know how to find it and then you knock the door and wait to be let in!! The bar tender asks what your taste profile is and then creates a cocktail just for you. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly which just adds to the atmosphere. Loved it!!! Just note thiugh it's cash only
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Jack
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hidden gem, tucked away.
    We went to Never Really Here following a recommendation from a colleague and really enjoyed it. The two young lads behind the bar were very friendly and put some good creativity and logic into our drinks, following our descriptions. Cocktails are £12 each, flat fee, unless they use a more ‘rare’ ingredient, which would lift it to £13. Very quirky place and a must do if you’re visiting for a few days.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Olivia S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommended Cocktail Bar
    I would 100% recommended this cocktail place, the service was outstanding and cocktails were one of the best we’ve had! The decor inside and ambience is very different to a standard cocktail bar. There’s no menu so you just say what you like and they make it! Cocktails we had were £12.50 each (no service charge)
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 February 2024
  • Ewan M
    Glasgow, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of our best ever cocktail experiences
    Always try to seek out good cocktail bars wherever we go and have visited award winning cocktail bars the world over. Would honestly say this is up there with anywhere we have been. We had quite a few drinks and asked for completely different things each time and everyone hit the mark. Tbh can't believe a few people have given it negative reviews. The comment about the prices not being advertised up front might be fair (can't remember noticing it anywhere before we ordered though I could just have missed it), but you are getting drinks made custom for you and it's no more expensive than the average cocktail bar.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2024
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DanMyers2023
Haslingden, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Initially thought quite quirky (no menus just give us the tastes you enjoy.. unique cocktail etc etc) so gave my Favourite spirits and tastes. Was served with a sherry glass sized drink with what my wife told me was a daiquiri & she got a Moscow mule in a similar sized sherry glass two reasons we know this -
#1 we where sat next to the bar and my wife heard the server say them to the barman
#2 my wife worked in the bar industry for 15 years so easily confirmed the cocktails.
this would have been fine if it had not been for the sherry sized glasses then the bill 2 drinks for £24 for some very basic cocktails!! I was flabbergasted. needless to say after 15 mins (I've never nursed a tiny drink so long) and £24 lighter we left. straight up the road to another bar where I got 2 pints and 2 whiskeys for just over the same amount.
Written 22 April 2024
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Ewan M
Glasgow, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Always try to seek out good cocktail bars wherever we go and have visited award winning cocktail bars the world over. Would honestly say this is up there with anywhere we have been.

We had quite a few drinks and asked for completely different things each time and everyone hit the mark. Tbh can't believe a few people have given it negative reviews. The comment about the prices not being advertised up front might be fair (can't remember noticing it anywhere before we ordered though I could just have missed it), but you are getting drinks made custom for you and it's no more expensive than the average cocktail bar.
Written 20 April 2024
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Olivia S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I would 100% recommended this cocktail place, the service was outstanding and cocktails were one of the best we’ve had! The decor inside and ambience is very different to a standard cocktail bar. There’s no menu so you just say what you like and they make it! Cocktails we had were £12.50 each (no service charge)
Written 25 February 2024
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Jack
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We went to Never Really Here following a recommendation from a colleague and really enjoyed it. The two young lads behind the bar were very friendly and put some good creativity and logic into our drinks, following our descriptions.

Cocktails are £12 each, flat fee, unless they use a more ‘rare’ ingredient, which would lift it to £13. Very quirky place and a must do if you’re visiting for a few days.
Written 12 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mary M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was a quirky interesting experience. The bar is well hidden so you need to know how to find it and then you knock the door and wait to be let in!! The bar tender asks what your taste profile is and then creates a cocktail just for you. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly which just adds to the atmosphere. Loved it!!! Just note thiugh it's cash only
Written 3 December 2023
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Leigha Smith
Edinburgh, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Really liked the idea of this place and was expecting panda and sons/ speakeasy vibes..... what we actually found resembled cocktails a pre teen would come up with after robbing their parent's drinks cabinet. Very strange having no menu, no mixers and no garnish or 'perishables'. Prices are unknown until you get the bill and the cocktails are absolutely disgusting. Avoid.
Written 4 September 2023
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Scott U
Penicuik, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Go ahead... Don't be scared, knock the door and see what lays ahead in this charming little hidden gem. Cocktails were great and such a unique experience.
Written 28 July 2023
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Allison S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Hadn’t booked so was asked if we could return 45 minutes later when a table would be available. Lovely welcoming host and mixologist. The atmosphere is very cosy and our drinks were excellent. Drinks are a bit pricy but you get what you pay for. We stayed for two drinks and only left as we had a booking at Pandas
Written 28 May 2023
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Alison H
Dalkeith, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Was really looking forward to visiting but this was just poor. No menu but was happy enough to let the bar man create drinks based on what we liked. Unfortunately cocktails were awful, got bill and due to no menu were shocked to receive a bill for £23 for too small and poor cocktails. Could only pay by cash or bank transfer which was advised was a problem that evening but I see other reviews stating the same so just sounds like a way to dodge the tax man. Toilets were also filthy on our visit. Far better cocktail places in Edinburgh.
Written 18 April 2023
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Shininglight7
Edinburgh, UK133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Totally rate this hidden bar. IT IS WHAT IT IS and if you don't get it then that's OK. But, we did and had a lovely crafted cocktail in an interesting unique space. Good craic with the owner just enhanced the overall traditional bar experience.
Written 10 March 2023
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