Edinburgh welcomes aperitivo-led cocktail bar Hey Palu

Italian-inspired cocktail bar Hey Palu has opened its doors on Bread Street in Edinburgh’s city centre.

Inspired by the Italian way of drinking, the new venue pays homage to the country’s rich, vibrant cocktail culture with a traditional aperitivo menu, bar snacks and décor reminiscent of 1930s Italy.

Split into two spaces, Hey Palu’s retro interiors are inspired by Campari and Martini, two of Italy’s biggest liquids exports.

The Campari space presents a lively bar area suitable for pre-dinner drinks or late cocktails, while the Martini space offers ample seating for the evening.

Both mix vintage photographs and memorabilia with contemporary features such as plush blue seating, low-lighting and wooden counters.

A selection of cocktails are available, embracing brands and ingredients from Italian shores, with vermouths, Amari and bitter aperitivo featuring strongly across the menu.

Guests can try several house favourites, including the Palu Spritz, combining Select aperitivo, Rosato Spumante, strawberry, soda water and rose petal, and Sgroppino, made with Amaro Montenegro, seasonal sorbet, prosecco and lemon zest.

The menu also features non-alcoholic cocktails, beers, ciders and spirits, as well as a curated wine list spanning vineyards across the globe.

Shining a spotlight on seasonal produce, both local and from Italy, the food menu sticks to simple and classic bites centred on the spirit of sharing.

Various platters, including Piatto – a selection of house cheese and cured meats, pickles, rosemary mixed olives, rum prunes, sherry tomatoes, honey and toasted ciabatta – are on offer, as well as smaller bites such as rosemary mixed olives and oregano and sea salt crisps.

Hey Palu hosts different events, including educational cocktail masterclasses and wine tastings. Those who wish to take drinks away, the on-site off-licence sells bottles of the bar’s favourite libations – Negroni, Gin Martini and Rum ‘n’ Raisin Old Fashioned – to go.

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