They'd never admit it, but even Scots sometimes want a break from their world-renowned local whiskys. In Edinburgh, the (discreet) answer to that call is Secret-Arcade, a Polish vodka bar only accessible via unmarked staircase down the Jackson's Close alley off Cockburn Street (and above the much better-marked, very touristy Arcade Bar & Haggis House). The bar does not advertise or publicly list its address, relying wholly on word of mouth to keep its cowhide-covered seats filled. The friendly staff pours some 100 Polish vodkas, plus beer and a few mixers for the uninitiated (drinks from $18).
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Published on Mar 13, 2014 as a web exclusive.