A new cocktail bar, 48 Below, has opened up on Broughton Street, Edinburgh, in the basement of The Phoenix Bar. The bar promises to be an intimate, cutting edge venue selling classic and contemporary cocktails and showcasing new, artisan spirits. Owners Sam and Gareth Roberts took over The Phoenix in September, and set about converting a previously dead-space into a new bar with a 50 person capacity.
General Manager Kenny Cameron told DRAM, “Although The Phoenix has been successful for a number of years now the basement had been neglected for a long time and hadn’t been decorated since the 1970s. Sam and Gareth had the idea of turning it into a venue in its own right, which is how 48 Below came to be.”
Specialising in speciality drinks and cocktails, the venue will be open on Friday and Saturday nights through July, before closing in August due to a prior commitment for the Edinburgh Festival. It will then re-open in September and will operate seven days a week.