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As the world’s foremost malt whisky club, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society offers rare and exclusive single cask, single malt whiskies from 132 distilleries. With a collection of impressive venues, we can provide a perfect backdrop and truly unique experience for every occasion.

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 to suit all budgets from hearty Scottish fayre to Fine Dining cuisine.


28 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 the swirling staircase by a breath-taking cupola skylight.

The Vaults, the ‘spiritual home’ of the 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, it has housed Edinburgh’s wine and spirits merchants for hundreds of years. The Vaults maintains a traditional Scottish atmosphere with two function rooms which can accommodate up to 36 guests.


We have Whisky Ambassadors based throughout the UK, the Society 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 and Mandarin speaking Ambassadors on request.

City Centre

0.6 Miles


28 Queen Street

The Vaults
87 Giles Street

Venue Contact

Amy-Beth Johnson
Event Co-ordinator
0131 554 3451


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 Tooltip
  • Outdoor Grounds Yes
  • WiFi Yes
  • Parking Yes Tooltip


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