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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

It is our mission to entertain, intrigue and delight every guest at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. With a collection of impressive venues, we can provide a perfect backdrop and truly unique experience for your celebration

Guests can indulge in a variety of flavours from around Scotland with a personal Whisky Ambassador to guide them through each unique whisky. Whether you are a complete novice or a whisky expert we can create a bespoke whisky tasting to cater for your interest, timescale and occasion. We have a fantastic range of private dining options at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society to suit all budgets from hearty Scottish fayre to Fine Dining Cuisine.

OUR VENUES – Edinburgh

28 Queen Street

Queen Street welcomes members and visitors alike with private function suites which can accommodate up to 50 guests. This grand property located in the city centre boasts geometric Georgian architecture across 4 floors with glorious views of the private Queen Street gardens. As guests step onto the original stone floor of the reception and foyer, they are tempted up to the swirling staircase by a breath-taking cupola skylight.

87 Giles Street The Vaults

The Vaults is the ‘spiritual home’ of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the oldest commercial building in Scotland with the same continual purpose. Located in Leith, a vibrant area a mile from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and situated above four medieval vaults. The Vaults has housed Edinburgh’s wine and spirits merchants for hundreds of years. The venue maintains a traditional Scottish atmosphere with two function rooms which can accommodate up to 36 guests.


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society have whisky ambassadors based throughout the UK that can visit any location to present an entertaining whisky tasting. Society whisky tastings include your personal SMWS Whisky Ambassadors, specialist tasting glasses, bespoke tasting notes and guide, not forgetting a range of single cask malt whiskies representing a range of flavours and styles. Whether it is a hotel, restaurant, private estate, penthouse or yacht, guests can experience and enjoy our fantastic whiskies. We also have French, German, Spanish and Mandarin speaking Ambassadors on request.

Visit our website to find out more about private events.


City Centre

0.6 Miles


28 Queen Street

The Vaults
87 Giles Street

Venue Details

Maximum capacities

  • Dining Room - Queen Street 50
  • Hunter Room - Queen Street 18
  • Oval Room - Queen Street 14
  • Library - Queen Street 8
  • Members Room - Vaults * Special Request only* 60
  • Cask Room - Vaults 36
  • Tasting Room - Vaults 14

General information

  • Disabled Access Yes
  • Outdoor Grounds Yes
  • WiFi Yes
  • Parking Yes


  • The List's annual Special Award for 2017
  • 2 AA Rosette's - Dining Room at Queen Street
  • Independent bottler of the Year 2018 - IBC awards
  • Restuarant of the Year 2017/18 - AA awards - Dining Room at Queen Street


  • Marketing Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce