Inside Edinburgh’s Secret Domes
By Hannah Carroll
By now, you've surely heard of Edinburgh’s Secret Domes. They’re the definition of Instagram-able. They went viral on TikTok. They've become one of Edinburgh’s top destinations for date nights and special occasions. Here's what makes the Domes one of Edinburgh's best experiences.
The Secret Domes (unofficially nicknamed Edinburgh’s drinking pods, drinking bubbles or drinking domes) are an extension of “hidden” cocktail bar Cask, and are perched on the rooftop of Waverley Station.
Tucked behind the quirky cocktail bar, the Domes offer a chilled-out retreat from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s Princes Street. A haven for foodies, the Secret Domes are perfect for a luxurious lunch, celebratory dinner, or romantic date night.
And the views are undeniably stunning. The Secret Domes at Cask overlook iconic landmarks such as Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle and the Edinburgh Old Town. (It’s particularly beautiful at sunset).
Inside the Domes, the décor is reminiscent of a cosy Scandi Cabin. The centre-piece is a large round table with space for friends to sit around comfortably (up to 12), and thanks to the stylish soft furnishings and warm lighting, the Domes still manage an intimate feel when it’s just two of you!
Each of Edinburgh’s Secret Domes also contains a speaker to connect up your own playlists and customise your vibe.
The Domes have proven quite popular among Edinburgh Foodies. That’s because the small plate menu, by independent kitchen Lichen, features mouth-watering and unique dishes made with seasonal local produce.
Luxury charcuterie boards are also available on selected days, and the Afternoon Tea option (yep, you can book afternoon tea in Edinburgh here too!) includes moreish, freshly baked sweet treats from Edinburgh coffee shop Room & Rumours. You NEED to try their donuts!
And we’ve not even got to the drinks yet.
In Cask’s words: “There is magic here in Scotland.” As if the setting of the Secret Domes wasn’t magical enough - their 10 page drinks menu will immerse you in the delights of Scottish drinks.
The Secret Domes cocktail menu is set around the best of Scottish spirits. It features deliciously witty and innovative cocktails, for example:
“Pure Dead Brilliant’ (Smugglers Raspberry Gin, Aelder Elderberry Liquor, Fig, Cranberry, Nuisance Bramble and Rosemary Soda)
“Kill Jester” (Uwa Resposado Tequila, Port Of Leith Sherry, Orange, Coconut and Fierce Rhubarb Pale Ale)
“Paolo Nutini” (White Chocolate Washed Smugglers Gin, Hazelnut and Condensed Milk Punch)
Plus many, MANY more.
Experience a taste of magical Scottish spirits at home with a bottle of Smugglers Gin - smuggled straight to your door.
Classic cocktails also benefit from Scottish influences. The Domes’ Pornstar Martini is indulgently made with smooth Smugglers Scottish Vodka, while Arbikie’s Chilli Vodka adds the crown to Cask’s “Bloody Mary Queen Of Scots”.
Make indulgently smooth Pornstar Martinis at home with Smugglers Scottish Vodka.
And with a whole page of the menu dedicated to some of the best Scotch Whiskeys around, you’ll be 100% spoiled for choice when it’s time to order drinks in the Secret Domes at Cask.
Hold on while we ask for another minute to decide!
Thankfully, there’s a bell to ring when you want to order more drinks – they really have thought of everything!
The Secret Domes at Cask deliver truly memorable experiences. During the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, they're the perfect spot for a view of the fireworks at Edinburgh Castle.
They’re also doing a great job of showcasing local food and drink – like Smugglers award-winning Scottish gins and vodka.
Edinburgh Secret Domes Reviews
"Had a secret dome for a couple of hours and it's the most tranquil time I've ever had in the heart of the city!! Amazing." - Google review
"Amazing service and fab cocktails! 100% would go back to the secret domes, the staff are a great laugh aswell ❤️❤️" - Google review
"Fabulous place to have a drink with great views of the city, great service and friendly staff. Highly recommend." - Facebook review
Book The Domes
Unsurprisingly, the Secret Domes (also known as Edinburgh’s drinking domes / food and drink pods / drinking bubbles) get booked up prettyyy fast, so make sure to book as far in advance as possible, and check Cask’s website for updates to terms and conditions.
Head to Cask's website and Book Here.
If your Secret Domes booking is still a while away, don’t worry! You can get a taste of the luxury in advance by ordering a bottle of natural, handcrafted Scottish gin or vodka, with free delivery to wherever you are.