Handily, Edinburgh’s newest bar just so happens to be below one of my favourite restaurants, Sonder.
To gain access to Camera, you ring the bell and someone will come and greet you. This means they can vet not only who gets in, but also how busy it gets. There wasn’t a problem with overcrowding when we there, as a relative unknown it was just us and another table – if you like to enjoy a drink in peace, this could be a good option for you – especially during the festival!
Inside the vibe is minimal with a small bar and some simple but classy furniture. It’s dark enough to feel you’re not on show, but not so dark you can’t see what you’re drinking.
There’s a small drinks menu with a selection of wine, beer, spirits and cocktails as well as a specials menu with drinks still under development.
I enjoyed a couple of cocktails, the first was from the specials board – it was a rum and citrus concoction which was under development as a way to use up the citrus fruit (in particular orange here) which bars end up with after they have used the peel. Using ‘the whole animal’ is very popular in the food scene, so why not using ‘the whole fruit’ on the drinks scene – makes sense, and I did enjoy it. Anything orange is a mini addiction for me at the moment.
My second choice reminded me of a grown up bedtime drink – Amaro/Ceylon Arrack/Coconut Milk or No.5 on the menu, is billed as ‘A little cuddle in a mug’, and that it was. A boozy milky drink served in a homely little ceramic mug. A nice alternative to an Espresso Martini, and less caffeine to keep you awake!
I really liked Camera, and while it lacked a little ambience when we were there, I did enjoy the idea of having a little hideaway to drink in when I’m not feeling too social. Definitely worth a visit.