The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - The Vaults

The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith, United Kingdom, EH6 6BZ
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IN LINE WITH THE NEW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES THE VENUE WILL CLOSE AS OF 6PM ON FRIDAY THE 9TH OF OCTOBER. THE VENUE WILL REMAIN SHUT UNTIL THE 27TH OF OCTOBER.

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  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating

About The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - The Vaults

Our very first home, The Vaults are located in the historic Leith area of Edinburgh. Dating back to the 18th Century, the building is one of Scotland’s oldest commercial premises, originally used as a wine warehouse. For many members, The Vaults, with its leather sofas, roaring fires and friendly ambience, remains the heart and soul of the Society.

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Wednesday, 19 February 2020

We booked a meeting room for the day, the staff were superb, facilities excellent and food/drink as good as always. I've been a member for a while but this was the first time booking a meeting room - I'll be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

Overall - very good. In previous years our host has returned after the meal and in the bar area has guided and assisted us in the choosing and buying. This time it was the regular bar staff who were helpful but as there were 9 of us we were very conscious that other customers coming to the bar were having to wait a long time to be served and we felt a little rushed.

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Visited On Friday, 17 January 2020

Lovely atmospheric venue. Good food. Very good whisky.

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

A splendid evening for my birthday celebration with friends and family - really appreciated the staff taking so much trouble to make everyone comfortable and supplied with food and drink on what must have been one of the busiest nights of the year.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Thank you so much for the excellent Xmas lunch. Your service from booking to meal was excellent and you were especially prompt in dealing with our last minute change to include a vegan in our party. The quality of the food was also excellent and the room a perfect size for a party of 30 to be able to create a great atmosphere - again many thanks.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

The service at the Vaults was friendly and professional and the setting is unique in Edinburgh. With excellent food and drink, what better place for a lunch or dinner in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

The Vaults was absolutely perfect for our dad's birthday celebration - we booked the tasting room and loved the intimate atmosphere and fantastic service from all staff. Our food was great, and we particularly appreciated the drams enthusiastically recommended by the servers. This was the perfect setting for a relaxed family get together - thanks to the whole team who made it such an enjoyable night!

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

Both Gregor and Miguel were excellent and very attentive. Food on time and plentiful and no issues working around a few dietary requirements. Furthermore, the whole place looked super in its festive finery.

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Everyone once again enjoyed the evening and are looking forward to next year's. Only one snag which I will call about tomorrow: we were charged £32 for the meal and we had booked at the early bird price.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Excellent venue for my group of visitors from Romania. They loved the food and whisky. Customer service was fantastic.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 September 2019

Wonderful location and venue for a special family get together. The food quality was excellent and well catered for even the fussiest of vegetarians! The team at the Vaults were faultless overall but a special mention to Douglas who looked after us all evening in the private dining room, his service was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend a visit to the Vaults for a memorable evening. Thank you !

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Visited On Thursday, 19 September 2019

Always great food and great service. The atmosphere is fantastic and the whisky is out of this world!

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Visited On Thursday, 05 September 2019

Moa was a fantastic host and helped us out, last minute with some information on whiskey for visiting overseas colleagues. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 09 August 2019

Andrew, our whisky ambassador did a fantastic job, very knowledgeable. Food was beautifully cooked and the tasting room set the scene for a memorable and wonderful evening. I felt very proud to be a member of SMWS !

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Wonderful evening. Great food, great service and great tasting experience too! Thank you!

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Visited On Monday, 03 June 2019

Piping workshop was a great success. Many thanks to Glyn, Louise and James

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Great time, great selection of drams, great knowkedge behind the bar!

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Visited On Monday, 03 June 2019

My guests were thoroughly appreciative of the content of the tasting, and pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. This is the second time I have organised such an event at SMWS, and would do again.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Fab venue for a meeting we held.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 May 2019

Staff made a fantastic effort to ensure we had a great night. Really appreciated!

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Visited On Saturday, 25 May 2019

Friendly, great knowledge, amusing.

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Visited On Sunday, 19 May 2019

great evening like obviously!! my friends were totally surprised and satisfied. many thanks to jan (waiter) for an amazing service and information. great venue, great staff, great atmosphere - amzing. once more many thanks.

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Visited On Friday, 26 April 2019

The Vaults and the SMWS staff are impeccable in service and experience, a truly unique and enjoyable place to visit.

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Visited On Sunday, 21 April 2019

Great food, Great Whisky and very attentive staff couldn't ask for more

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Our guide - Vin - was welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. Couldn't have asked for better. Food (& of course whisky) was excellent and a good time was had by all. Thank you.

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