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Devil's Advocate
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The Devil’s Advocate
9 Advocates Close,
Old Town,
0131 221 4465
Open 7 days. 9am-1am

Given I was reviewing the Devil's Advocate I debated with myself whether I should deliver it in a very formal, dry tone as befitting a corporate lawyer specialising in competition law (sorry G), or perhaps, should renew my membership of the Jilly Goolden school of effervescent hyperbole and say what I really feel. Of course Jilly won out. I won't go into the decor (Jilly was never a big fan of describing buildings) except to say it fits the feel of the place perfectly - you'll have to visit to see what I mean. And therefore onto the drinks...

I started with a Blue Paradise (£7.00) - a combination of Highland Park 12yo, Cocchi Rosso Vermouth and Creme de Violette. Now just imagine, it's midnight on a slighlty chilly July evening. You're sitting on a white sandy beach somewhere in the Western Isles and the smoke from a flickering peat bonfire gently wafts by. You're sucking Parma Violets after snogging a whisky drinking Evangeline Lily. That's the Blue Paradise!

D opted for the Rosemary Tommy's (£7.00), made with rosemary infused Tapatio Blanc Tequila, lime juice, agave and Peychaud's Bitters. It's obvious Rosemary is the bull whip toting Dominatrix in this relationship (and boy, does she love to be noticed). However, her love of all things Mexican gently sneaks up on you in the form of the agave and the lime. And all of this served served over the remnants of the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

Blood and Sand (Revisited) (£8.50) was D's next drink. Unfortunately, it wasn't a variation of the old classic (they were very upfront and said they couldn't make their own version and would provide a substitute - the original Blood and Sand).  Thankfully, what's not to like about the original: whisky, sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur and orange juice. You half expect Valentino to rush in, throw D downinto his arms and plant a big silent smacker on her lips (all obviously filmed in jerky black & white). Well at least that's what D thought.

I finished with a Monkey Puzzle (£7.00). And it certainly was a puzzle! I was so carried away that I didn't really read the menu - what I got was whisky, some beetroot! walnuts, an eggwhite foam and something else. But I have to be honest - it was my favourite cocktail of the night. Lesson to all you budding Jillys out there. Before you get carried away with the effervesence, get the detail right first!

Seriously though, there's no argument from me or D, The Devil's Advocate is another great addition to Edinburgh's growing list of stonkingly good cocktail bars. (M. Earl)

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