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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - The Vaults

As the oldest building in Scotland with the same continual purpose, the site of The Vaults has been home to fine drink, food specialists and pleasurable pursuits since the 1300s.

Situated above four medieval vaults, it has housed Edinburgh’s wine and spirits merchants and ‘fleshers’ (skilled butchers), the Vintner’s Guild auction rooms as well as leisure rooms, including a 16th century ‘caich pule’ for ‘a game of chases’ (indoor tennis).

Today, tradition continues, as the underground vaults still store fine wines and the building is the ’Spiritual Home’ of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - the world’s foremost malt whisky club.

Society members, guests and even Royalty, travel from around the globe to this exclusive whisky destination and while Society members enjoy exclusive benefits, visitors have the rare privilege to sample limited edition single cask whiskies in entertaining private whisky tastings with delicious seasonal menus in two function suites.

Visitors assemble on the cobble stones of the Vaults ‘secret garden’ before embarking up the stairs and through unassuming doors to discover the hum of a grand Members’ lounge, which provides the perfect background to an authentically Scottish experience for guests indulging in their private function rooms.

The Cask Room celebrates the history and continued role of The Vaults building. Once a storage room for fine casks of wine and spirits, it now welcomes up to 32 guests who can admire the rare collection of cask samples and whisky artefacts as they indulge in this discreet space.

The Tasting Room continues to host the Society's secret Tasting Panel sessions, which approve only the highest quality whiskies for Society Members. The antique mahogany table and chairs cater for up to 14 guests within an authentically Scottish atmosphere, complimented by the original ‘uisge cupboard’ of the 17th century proprietor, Mr J.G. Thomson.

Contacts

Gregor Forbes
87 Giles Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH6 6BZ
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Meeting Rooms

Capacity by configuration Dimensions
Banquet Boardroom Cabaret Classroom Reception Theatre Area Height
The Cask Room 36 20 40
The Tasting Room 14 14 20

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Max Banqueting Capacity
70
Max Reception Capacity
80
Max Theatre Capacity
40
Max Room Size
135m2
Miles From Airport
8
Miles From City Centre
1
Miles From Train Station
1
Multi-lingual staff
Yes

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - Queen Street

It’s our mission to entertain, intrigue and delight every guest at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Our event team will exceed expectations with their creative flair and courteous service. Our expert Whisky Ambassadors will breathe life into any event with a bespoke whisky tasting. Our Michelin-recommended chefs will cater for every taste. more details…
Dining Capacity
50
Cuisine
British
European
French
International
Scottish
Seafood
Vegan
Vegetarian
Menu Price
£30+
Multi-lingual staff
Yes
Private Room
Yes

The Dining Room

The Dining Room Restaurant is located on the first floor with views across the private Queen Street gardens. Modern French Scottish cuisine with friendly, unfussy service. Choose from either the Menu du Jour, A  La Carte menus or indulge in a 5 course taster menu, delightful dishes matched with wine or single cask whiskies.       more details…
Cuisine
British
European
French
International
Scottish
Seafood
Vegan
Vegetarian
Menu Price
£10-15
Multi-lingual staff
Yes
Private Room
Yes

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Kaleidoscope Bar

Previously Members-only, this whisky bar and emporium on 28 Queen Street now welcomes enthusiasts and novices alike with a desire to explore flavour and their own palette. With over 200 different single malts to explore, their expert Whisky Ambassadors will introduce you to the world’s widest selection of single cask whisky. more details…

Packages

Celebrate Christmas with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Discover the Society’s unusual approach to whisky and enhance your Christmas party by exploring three completely unique drams, guided by an SMWS Ambassador at the special price of £20.00

£30.00 or £27.00 early bird*
Enhance your Christmas party with the following upgrades.
Please note that prices are valid for pre-orders only.
Prosecco on arrival £6.00 pp
½ bottle of wine £10.00 pp
After dinner dram £4.00 pp

*Must be booked and confirmed before the 31st October

To book:
The Vaults, Edinburgh EH6 6BZ email vaults@smws.com or call 0131 554 3451