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Heads & Tales, Edinburgh,

Heads & Tales

4.7
4.7
51 Reviews
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
Welcome to Heads & Tales – Edinburgh’s hidden gem. Using the best spirits, beers, soft drinks and wines that we can find; along with local, seasonal, fresh products – quality is of utmost importance to us so come and experiment with gin in Edinburgh’s West End. Nestled within Rutland Place we are waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s a night out with friends, an intimate date or that after work rant, Heads & Tales is the perfect confidante!

We are a unique venue; a perfect mix of relaxed yet fun, cosy yet open, oh, did we mention the two Edinburgh Gin stills? Flora and Caledonia – come down and introduce yourself to them. A warm welcome awaits in keeping with Scottish hospitality and tradition. Our ‘tenders are passionate, knowledgeable and like nothing more than “talking shop” and assisting you in choosing a drink from our extensive menu or making a bespoke concoction to suit your tastes.

Walk-ins welcome.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Scottish, Speakeasy

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 17:00–03:00

  • Phone number

    0131 656 2811

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Westend

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    10 minute walk from Haymarket Train Station, 20 minute walk from Waverley Train Station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Wine

What 51 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Hot Spot

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Late Night Find

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Romance

  • Edinburgh/Midlothian

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Edinburgh

    Best Ambience

  • Edinburgh

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Edinburgh

    Hot Spot

  • Edinburgh

    Late Night Find

  • Edinburgh

    Romance

  • Edinburgh

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. A

    Anushka

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a pre-dinner drink and snack at Heads & Tales to celebrate our anniversary and had a great time. The bar staff made us feel very special and were very friendly. The food was delicious - we particularly liked the Buffalo Cauliflower Wings - and the drinks were simple, creative and not too pricey. Lovely vibes for a chilled evening and next time we will definitely stay longer. Worth saying it's quite hidden away - the steps down are actually on the other side of Rutland Street next to the Huxley Bar.

    Heads & TalesResponded 5 days agoHi Anushka, We’re delighted to hear you choose Heads and Tales to celebrate your special evening! Thank you taking the time and effort to write this lovely review, I’ll be sure to pass this onto the team. Kind regards, Benji Heads and Tales Management

  2. W

    Weston

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We would definitely recommend this bar. Lots of variety, you can even do gin tastings. Staff are friendly and accommodating. Good atmosphere for couples or small groups of friends.

    Heads & TalesResponded 5 days agoHi Weston, We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience at Head and Tales. Thank you for this positive review and we hope to see you again some day! Kind Regards, Benji Head and Tales Management

  3. S

    Scamper

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Ignore the "Food" there wasn't an option for N/A!! Very welcoming - a real hidden gem! We had to ask two other local restaurants where it was!! The staff were very welcoming and friendly, offering advice but also knowing when to leave us alone. Would definitely go back on EVERY trip to Edinburgh and will recommend to anyone I know who is visiting!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 18 July 2022Hello Scamper, Thank you very much for this glowing review, we pride ourselves on going over and above with our service, making your experience one to remember. We really look forward to welcoming you back to Heads and Tales (hopefully) in the not-too-distant future. Thanks again, Heads and Tales team

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely evening at Heads & Tales. Their cocktail menu is amazing and the service was great.
  5. PM

    PeterM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff and service great. Drinks menu really good. Great atmosphere.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 8 July 2022Hello Peter, The team is elated to read your feedback, thank you for such a positive review. Have a lovely day. Heads and Tales team

  6. K

    Karim

    Ruhr region

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Very nice little bar in the basement (thus not easy to find), original interieur wirh copper pots and stills in the background. However they were out of gasperry gins or tonics and had no low alcohol / free gin to offer.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 8 July 2022Karim, we regret to hear that you had this experience with us. I will be sure to pass this feedback onto the team. I hope you choose to visit us again in the future. Heads and Tales team

  7. KS

    KS90

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came in for drinks and got a booth to ourselves. Music was good but not too loud so we could all chat. Great service and really friendly bar staff. Will be going back.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022We appreciate your positive review of your recent experience with us! Thanks again for the recommendation, and have an amazing day!

  8. FC

    FlorenceC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every visit is great, staff are all friendly and attentive it feels like they genuinely want to make you have a nice experience. Drinks were great too with table service and short wait times.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Florencec, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Heads & Tales Gin Bar! We look forward to your next visit! Take care!

  9. DD

    DavidD

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous venue with amazing service, music and very friendly staff

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! We hope to see you soon!

  10. D

    Danon

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Fantastic place. Tucked away but that's half the fun. Amazing gin and cocktail list. Decent service from friendly staff. Could do with more staff. Brilliant ambiance

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 May 2022Hello Danon, Thank you so much for your feedback, it is a massive part of us bettering our service. I'm sorry you felt we were short-staffed on the evening of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to Heads and Tales. Thanks Heads and Tales team

  11. LG

    LynnG

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A stylish but welcoming bar. Interesting drinks, friendly staff and good background tunes.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 16 May 2022Hello LynnG, Thank you very much for your feedback. We actually have our Heads and Tales playlist public on Spotify if you would like to listen to it elsewhere. Many thanks Heads and Tales team

  12. KM

    KirkM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere, staff, service and drinks . Always a great place to relax and socialise.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 16 May 2022Hello KirkM, Thank you so much, for your feedback. We pride ourselves on how personable our service is. No request is too much. Many thanks Heads and Tales team

  13. DE

    DavidE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If your looking for somewhere nice and chill with great staff then this is a great place to go. Staff are polite and attentive, music selection is fitting and the surroundings are interesting, you almost feel like your being transported to somewhere magical here.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 26 April 2022Hello David, Thanks so much for such a positive review. Our staff have collated a playlist that they are super proud of so I shall feed back the positive review to them. We look forward to welcoming you back to Heads and Tales. Heads and Tales team.

  14. NM

    NeilM

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Not easy to find…but an amazing place. Lovely atmosphere, and brilliant staff.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 26 April 2022Hello Neil, Thanks a million for leaving a 5 star review. We are kind of a speakeasy bar, hence the slight difficulty to find us. I am so glad that you had such a brilliant time and we all look forward to welcoming you back. Heads and Tales team

  15. JP

    JennaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love that it’s so hidden away . Like a little speak easy . Two areas , one more relaxed and ambient , one by the bar , a little louder and busy. Choice of drinks great and reasonably priced in my opinion . Size of drinks and quality also good . Varied a little from the evening before so the bars staff make them slightly different but both nice and tasty . The wait staff are so friendly , regularly check on your for drinks and the wait time isn’t long . Favourite drinks : bramble and the passion pavlova . Really recommend for friends or as a couples night out .

    Heads & TalesResponded on 27 April 2022Hello JennaP, Thank you so much for your positive review. Our Passion Pavlova, we would say is our show stopping drink with the toasted meringue on top. We are delighted that we exceeded expectations and delivered a hospitable experience for you and we look forward to welcoming you back. The Heads and Tales team.

  16. J

    Jules

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent bar, we had a nice booth and excellent gins!! I definitely recommend!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 27 April 2022Hello Jules, Thanks so much for your positive review, we have some new gins coming in this week that are limited releases and are super cool. We look forward to welcoming you back to Heads and Tales. The Heads and Tales Team

  17. LC

    LyndsayC

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great selection of cocktails. The staff were very friendly and the ambience and interior is nice. It’s a great hidden gem.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 27 April 2022Hello LyndsayC, Thank you so much for your review, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our customers. I'm glad we were able to provide this for you. The Heads and Tales Team

  18. K

    Kat2000

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Heads & Tales is a nice place and like to visit it from time to time.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Kat2000, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Heads & Tales Gin Bar! Thank you, and have a fantastic day!

  19. G

    Gin8

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great drinks in cool trendy atmosphere. Staff very friendly and welcoming.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! We hope to see you soon!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, staff very friendly, welcoming, explaining content of cocktails and our likes/dislikes. Only downside is it was difficult to find (downstairs underneath Huxley’s!!!) but well worth the experience once we got there!!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 27 April 2022Hello Anonymous, Thank you very much for your positive review, we pride ourselves on going over and above for our guests. We are a speakeasy-style bar, hence the adventure to find us. We might be changing this in the near future, keep an ear out. We look forward to welcoming you back. The Heads and Tales team.

  21. A

    Angus

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cost and friendly place to have a drink. Staff super knowledgable on their Gin’s! Shout out Jake.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! We are always more than happy to assist you if anything else comes up. Take care!

  22. H

    Heath

    Staffordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing find! Rae and Ciara (Kiara?) were brilliant but Scott was out of this world! He took it as a personal challenge to keep us entertained with great drinks, pandered to my love of midori and kept going until he made my wife a rum cocktail she’d not forget! The team and the place were amazing, but Scott was the memory! Thanks man! Hope to be back soon!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day! Thank you again for leaving us this response!

  23. AM

    AgaM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great! Atmosphere is chill and cool but the staff is also really friendly! TAMZ MEZCARITA is pretty delicious!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022We hope to be of service to you again in the future. Best wishes, Heads & Tales Gin Bar

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husbands birthday. Lovely little hideaway, cute cost, good atmosphere. Really lovely staff, good drinks menu. Only thing was we thought we had two hours from our booking as the email stated on confirmation. but we did get reminded quite often we only had an hour and a half. In the last 5 mins we had 3 separate staff come to tell us we had to give the table back which made us feel rushed. Overall I would recommend and I would go back.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Opentable Diner, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Heads & Tales Gin Bar! We are always more than happy to assist you if anything else comes up. Take care!

  25. ZD

    ZuzuD

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful time at Heads and Tales celebrating our engagement and also my partner's birthday. We brought our dog with us who was treated so well by staff (as were we), the cocktails were fantastic and the staff were very attentive and congratulatory. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 17 June 2022Zuzud, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Heads & Tales Gin Bar! Thank you again for the great review!

  26. AM

    AlastairM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Good cocktails but very poor and impolite service. Were abruptly told the waitress would need the table back little over an hour into the booking which wasn't apparent when we booked. Waitress gave us the bill and brought a card machine with more than 15 minutes of the booking left. Won't be back.
  27. RM

    RuthM

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff were great and cocktails were lovely. Not much food choice however, but what we had was good. Was a bit loud to talk however.
  28. M

    Marina33

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails! And they were quick, the bar tenders were lovely, very friendly and attentive! This was a long overdue catch up with a dear friend and I’m grateful it was made more special by the venue 😊!
  29. D

    Diane

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience and setting Great service -efficient and friendly Snack type food , great gin choice and cocktails
  30. DA

    DAYTime

    Hertfordshire

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great amenable hardworking staff in a bar with good selection of options to imbibe in an basement atmospheric Still setting
  31. LR

    LisaR

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m so happy that this bar is allowed to open again. Fantastic atmosphere and the friendliest most knowledgeable staff. We attended an impromptu Johnny Walker whiskey tasting session too which was so fun. We shall be back x
  32. s

    scottl

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Quirky unusual with a very cosy and intimate ambuence Friendly and attentive staff.Would be great for friends night out in the private booths

    Heads & TalesResponded on 31 January 2022Hello Scott, I am glad you had such a wonderful time, thank you for such a glowing review.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Great place, atmosphere was really good. Difficult to find, Apple maps doesn’t take you to the correct location! There was a problem with the tills and they forgot our order, so we only had time for one drink.
  34. MO

    MariaO

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Was a really lovely place with great menu and very comfortable. Music a little loud.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 31 January 2022Hello Maria, Thank you so much for the glowing review. I'm very glad the team were able to make you feel so comfortable. Sorry about the noise, next time you come we will be sure to sit you in an area of the venue where the music is slightly quieter if you would like.

  35. LM

    LeeM

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Overall very good experience. Didn't have food but could not skip. Perfect ambience Staff were good.
  36. LK

    LynneK

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Lovely quirky place with a variety of cocktails and gins to try!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 28 December 2021Hello LynneK, Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. I am glad to hear that you liked our venue and the variety of cocktails and gins we had. We are constantly looking at adding new and quirky brands. Please let us know next time your in if there are any others you would like to see. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

  37. G

    Gillian

    Edinburgh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic table in a cellar room which was great because we had lots of space and covid space. Didn’t have food so cannot review that but the service was really good with the hosts popping in regularly to check if we needed more drinks. Highly recommend!

    Heads & TalesResponded on 28 December 2021Hello Gillian, Thanks for taking the time to review us. I am glad you were happy with your table and the service provided. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

  38. KM

    KatyM

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous drinks and really good service. Highly recommend

    Heads & TalesResponded on 28 December 2021Hi KatyM, Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We take a lot of pride in making sure the service we provide is always top notch.

  39. J

    Jonny

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice underground bar with good vibes and very good service. I Would definitely recommend checking this place out.

    Heads & TalesResponded on 28 December 2021Hello Jonny, Thank you very much for your 5 star review, we are very happy that you felt so welcome in our venue. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

  40. DE

    DawnE

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience - the enthusiasm of the staff, the ambiance of the environment and the quality of the drink and service was second to none. Thank you for contributing to a wonderful evening xx

    Heads & TalesResponded on 28 December 2021Hello Dawn, Thank you very much for this glowing review. We are very happy we were able to contribute to your evening. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Heads & Tales is rated 4.7 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

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Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Heads & Tales

1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD

Additional information

  • Area

    Westend

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 17:00–03:00

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Scottish, Speakeasy

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    10 minute walk from Haymarket Train Station, 20 minute walk from Waverley Train Station.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Wine

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