Hoot The Redeemer Bar Edinburgh, Guide & Review
Hoot the Redeemer is a 50s-style dive bar/ speakeasy experience inspired by New Orleans. A tarot card reader figurine hides the entrance, and behind it lies a retro fair scene. The place is dimly lit, with lamps scattered around the place. They have fair games and popcorn, fortune-telling machines, vintage magician posts, and even tarot cards painted on the walls around the bar. They have stuck to the theme and have done justice to it.
Yes, they do have a lot of cocktails, beer, and other things, but one fun element they have here is the claw machine that picks ingredients for your customized drink. You can top it off with burnt foam or honeycomb afterward. They also offer alcoholic ice cream! Yes, you heard that right. One of the owner’s fathers was an ice cream maker who combined both his passions, alcohol and ice cream. They have about 12 flavors in this range, from ‘Bourbon Berry pie’, which has bourbon, shortcrust, and cherries, to ‘Edinburgh Rocks’, which consists of whiskey, honeycomb, and salted caramel. These add a fresh and fun mix to your drinks.
They are very conscious of their carbon footprint, so they only stock Scottish beers from around the area. You might see many unfamiliar names, but the bartenders will help you pick a new favorite when you drop by. Their cocktails are named after the 13 tarot cards. ‘The Fool,’ ‘The Star,’ ‘Ace of Cups,’ and ‘The Lovers’ among others. ‘Ace of Cups’ has Pickerings 1947 gin, Aperol, aelder elixir, Scotsman tea blend, and a gaze into your future. They also offer cocktail slushies and other drinks, including wine, vodka, rum, rye, bourbon, tequila, and whiskey.