Two Filmcrews Better Than One

Today we had two seperate filmcrews in the WHISKI Bar filming – yes, we are so getting used to this now ! First off was The Travel Channel US for a new pilot called the Gambler and yes, WHISKI featuring so cant wait to see this when it airs in the USA.

Second and at the same time was Japanese travel channel filming all about Edinburgh and the Festival – WHISKI a highlight so this will be great for us also.

We have many US and Japanese visitors to the bar and they enjoy trying the whiskies and sampling our fresh Scottsih food, with Haggis always a big temptation.

Long may the filming continue, Chris proudly had his kilt on today so hopefully a few clips of him in there – Chris has been in so many TV programmes about the WHISKI bar he is a minor celebrity now !

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Oasis chilling in the WHISKI Bar

Oasis at WHISKI

Oasis at WHISKI

Oasis at WHISKI

Oasis at WHISKI

Oasis with a Haggis

Oasis with a Haggis

What a day – Oasis have just left the WHISKI bar and they are playing tomorrow (Wed 17th June 2009) with Kasabian at Murrayfield Stadium and to have a few drinks before the big day – where did they choose – yes, you guessed it – the WHISKI Bar !

Didn’t even notice them for an hour or so and then our manager called to say they were in and from seeing them on TV you think they are pretty cool – well, they were COOL and LOVELY  and CHATTY and BRILLIANT with everyone. It soon became obvious they were there and Liam Gallagher was happy to have his photo taken and sign autographs for all that asked but I am glad to say they were generally left in peace to chillout and have a few beers.

Must be hard being famous and Edinburgh’s Style guru Lavinia Brooks from StyleGuideScotland who has kindly emailed me her photo also, asked him if they were heading anywhere else and they said no they just wanted to chill out at the WHISKI bar as it was “cool” and much better than all the other bars in town ! Well, we can only agree with that Liam !

Liam and Noel – you and all the others in Oasis are welcome back anytime, you were a joy.

See some of the press articles about Oasis in WHISKI

Edinburgh Evening News Article
Daily Record Article

McCondoms – Whisky Flavoured Condoms are Back !

McCondoms - whisky flavoured condoms

McCondoms - whisky flavoured condoms

 

Yes – they are back – McCondoms, whisky flavoured condoms  at the WHISKI bar. When our previous supplier was taken over by PHS, suddenly and without any notice we had PLAIN condoms rather than our notoriuos WHISKY flavoured ones – well, as you can imagine we were highly un-impressed ! Award winning whisky bars need whisky flavoured condoms I say so we have tracked them down and McCondoms are back. We have new condom machines in the toilets now and both are filled with McCondoms – one flavour only – WHISKY.

So if you pay us a visit at the WHISKI bar, give the McCondoms a try or keep them as a reminder of your stay in Edinburgh.

Support Your Local Independent Operator (Bar/Restaurant)

Watching Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares a few days ago and I was so pleased to hear him encourage everyone to support their local independent restaurant and this applies to all bars and restaurants. All he said made sense and he was commenting that big chains turn out the same food all over the country and mostly they are ready-meals and if we don’t support our local operators, our choice will diminish and all we will be left with is massive “same as” chains turning out the “same as” food.

He put a local restaurant against the chain restaurants and asked people on the street which food they preferred – I am sure you can guess they liked the different locally sourced food he had the local establishment prepare. I firmly believe in this policy and think we must support local operators of bars and restaurants and indeed our local corner shops vs the big supermarkets or all choice could disappear from our towns and cities !

Yes, there are massive chains selling 99p pints like Weatherspoon bars and Mitchell & Bulters and Punch operated bars that are similar all over the country but if you visit the WHISKI Bar, we guarantee a unique experience in a great buzzing environment with one of Scotland’s best ranges of whisky and the freshest locally sourced food we can get – we do not use frozen ready made food and our food  is made fresh on the premises by our skilled chefs – we know this is not the normal in most bar/restaurants but our customers are worth it and we strive to give the best … give us a visit we always look forward to meeting new people in the bar.

WHISKI Bar group on FACEBOOK

I must admit I am completely new to FACEBOOK, and wasn’t really sure what to do however I have eventually managed to set up a FACEBOOK Group on FACEBOOK called WHISKI Bar. Initially I was trying to just set up a group but it was not liking that and it eventually clicked that I had to join first as myself and only then could I set up a group. What I need now is more members, so far we have a few and I just intend it to grow organically – I don’t fancy doing what some other bars do and sending an invite to everyone on certain networks eg. the Edinburgh network.

So far, I am quite impressed with it and think it could be as useful as the newsletters we send and perhaps more instantaneous. Watch this space and I will update how we get on with it over the coming months … and if you fancy being updated with all the latest, get joining the WHISKI Bar group on Facebook !

Edinburgh – NEW YEARS DAY 2009

What a city Edinburgh is – really fantastic ! There was a new event this year called FEET FIRST and it was up the Royal Mile between the TRON and PARLIAMENT SQUARE not far from the WHISKI Bar – what can I say ? It was simply fantastic. quirky, weird. dazzling… call it what you wish but it was a blast. From gigantic hanging boxes in the air with acrobats coming out of them and perfoming to monsters hanging out of windows and full on trumpet bands dancing down the Royal Mile (with us dancing down behind them – hey hey… ) – it had it all and more.

Anyone who visits Edinburgh can not fail to have a good time as there is just so much going on at this time of year and the New years Day Feet First just adds to experience, keep up the good work Edinburgh

Edinburgh New Years Day 2009

Edinburgh New Years Day 2009

… these events make Edinburgh simply unbeatable and I feel so fortunate to live here …

Hope to see you all in the WHISKI Bar very soon and here are some photos I took ealier tonight …

Faces on Chambers

Faces on Chambers

New Years Day - Edinburgh 2009

New Years Day - Edinburgh 2009

New Years Day - Edinburgh 2009

New Years Day - Edinburgh 2009New Years Day - Edinburgh 2009

The Black Bowmore arrives at the WHISKI Bar

Yes, we just could not let this opportunity pass us by and we have the legendary Black Bowmore, Release 1 for the bar. Certainly not a cheap option and during a credit crunch but there are not that many available and we just could not resist…

Customers from all over the world visit WHISKI for our range of whiskies and we just felt that it was not complete without the Black Bowmore for the select connoisseurs that may wish to try it ; atleast it is now available. Only by special request at present as it is safely locked up (gosh, the thought that someone drops it is just too awful to contemplate) – so if you want to taste this most amazing of cult drams, it’s there waiting for you !