Member’s Rooms & Whisky Bar in central Edinburgh


Here at SMWS 28 Queen Street, we welcome new faces and old friends. We proudly offer distinguished flavours be that whisky or food, with personable service in our relaxed, yet refined Georgian town house in the heart of the city. 

With breath-taking views over the waters of the Firth of Forth, 28 Queen Street is an impressive four-storey Georgian building, comprising of a suite of modern and elegant rooms. Our Members’ Room takes pride of place along with 4 function rooms available for both members and non-members to privately hire.

Each of our whisky bars boast over 500 exclusive single malts from across Scotland (and beyond), which can be paired with the finest craft beers, artisanal spirits, cocktails and wines. 

28 Queen Street also hosts a busy programme of colourful whisky tasting experiences, Outturn previews, one-off whisky events and masterclasses – there’s something for everyone.

Non-Member’s Bar

Our downstairs whisky bar (the Kaleidoscope Bar) is open to non-members 6 days a week and we welcome Edinburgh residents and visitors to Edinburgh to join us for a dram and learn what the SMWS experience is all about.

We already know that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society offers incredible whiskies. Now the Society’s Kaleidoscope Bar, at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh, has been named the Icons of Whisky Global Bar of the Year in Whisky Magazine’s World Whisky Awards 2022.

Kaleidoscope Bar is on the ground floor of 28 Queen Street and is open to both members and non-members of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It has a huge range of ever-changing single cask, single malt whiskies and cask cocktails from the SMWS, as well as a curated selection of cocktails, craft beers and other wine and spirits.

Dress Code: We would ask that members refrain from wearing flipflops within the members lounge and shorts should be tailored knee length. 

Member’s Charter: Read our Member’s Charter (PDF) about code of conduct in Members’ Rooms and events.

Please Note: The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street closed in December 2019 - dining reservations for members, will be in one of our member lounges, dining for non members will be in our Kaleidoscope Bar. 

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Discover our range of dining options with vegetarian and vegan options available, there's something for everyone. Menus are subject to change due to seasonality and product availability.


5 Course Taster Menu: Our exclusive taster menu experience is available for members to book within our members lounge, bookings can be made up to 48 hours in advance for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 noon until 8pm. The taster menu is £120.00 per person paired with your choice of either whisky or wine on each course. A deposit of £50.00 per person is taken at the time of booking (non refundable). This is a package option, it is not possible to book without the whisky or wine pairing.


Whatever the occasion, SMWS Queen Street has a space for you within our excellent private room hire options. Be it for a corporate or private function, for a whisky tasting, private dining or a business meeting – or even a combination of all three, Queen Street has a choice of 4 private function rooms creating the ideal surroundings befitting fine and stylish events.



You can access our four exclusive Members’ Rooms in Edinburgh, London and Glasgow. Each membership card gives access to the card holder and up to three guests. You will also be able to enjoy a free online subscription to Unfiltered, our award-winning members’ magazine



We strongly recommend booking to avoid disappointment.

Our venues are all over 18's only, unless booking a private function room.

You’ll be able to sign in up to three guests at our Members’ Rooms. Our award-winning Kaleidoscope Bar is open to both members and non-members.

Tables of 6+: We can accept table of 6+ within the members lounge (multiple members must be present to comply with the up to 3 guests on 1 card rule) and in the Kaleidoscope public bar. A deposit of £10.00 per person is required at the time of booking (non refundable).


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service dogs welcome
  • Large print menu available
  • On-street parking available in surrounding area
  • Dogs welcome in Kaleidoscope Bar
  • Our venues are over 18's only