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  • Writer's pictureSharon Wilson

Insomina Espresso Martini Bar opens today.

Insomnia Espresso Martini Bar opens in Edinburgh on Friday 27th August with a range of 20 different serves.

The bar is inside the Assembly Rooms on George Street and Edinburgh-inspired serves include the One O'clock Gun (Ketel One, Edinburgh Castle Rock, mixed berry infused vodka), the House Espresso Martini (Belvedere vodka, cold brew espresso, maple syrup and Kahlua and Pina Cortada (Tanqueray Gin, pineapple syrup, fresh espresso and coconut milk).

Each week will see nw delicious new coffee-fuelled additions to the menu with 50 espresso martinis anticipated to be in place by the end of the year.

Some of the serves on the menu are available with decaf coffee, while the bar also serves a range of other drinks such as beer, cider, wine and various spirits and soft drinks. A selection of food will be added later in the year - from sweet pancakes to a range of fries and bites plus an array of affogatos.

The coffee featured in Insomnia’s serves is all roasted in-house. The team sources organic Arabica coffee from El Botan Farm in Colombia and roasts a batch of beans every day to create a rich, dark and exceptionally fresh blend.

Opening hours: From 5pm until late every Friday and Saturday evening until the end of October, then opening will extend to four nights a week from Thursday – Sunday. Table booking can be made online and walk-ins are welcome.

Paul Reynolds, co-founder and chief executive, said:

“We are extremely excited to be launching the capital’s first dedicated espresso martini bar. The popularity of the espresso martini is skyrocketing, and, like our pancakes, we want to be at the forefront of that revolution. Our menu is filled with many unique flavour combinations and we will be keeping customers on their toes with the introduction of new flavours every week.”

He continued:

“The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the city’s hospitality sector so we are eager to do our bit to help get it back up and running - that means creating a space our customers will love, opening up new jobs in the sector and of course, serving plenty of delicious espresso martinis.”

The launch of Insomnia comes hot on the heels of the opening of Stack & Still pancake house which opened its doors in July in the same building.

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