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Aperitivo bar in Edinburgh launches masterclasses & wine tastings

The aperitivo-led bar in Edinburgh’s city centre, Hey Palu is paying homage to Italy’s rich and vibrant cocktails and wine with spirit masterclasses and aperitivo wine tastings.

The aperitivo-led bar, which opened last September, is split into two spaces: the Campari space, a lively bar area suitable for pre-dinner drinks or late cocktails, and the Martini space – filled with ample seating to while away an evening at leisure.

Fun and lighthearted masterclasses will be taking place every month, educating guests about the history of spirits through three cocktails, all featuring an Italian twist. Bar snacks will also be served.

February marks the start of Hey Palu’s intimate aperitivo wine tastings – an evening where attendees will be guided through different grape varieties from several regions, allowing enthusiasts to sample a range of wines, accompanied with Italian nibbles.

Hey Palu is owned equally by couple Alex Palumbo and Rachel Bailey-Palumbo, and Andrew Aytoun Keams. Alex and Rachel first met in London before working together at the famed Salt Room in Brighton, whilst Alex and Andrew had met previously in Edinburgh working for Compass Group.

As well as drinks, there's a food menu with a trio of platters, including: Formaggi – three house cheeses, pickles, rum prunes, sherry tomatoes, honey and toasted ciabatta; Salumi – three house-cured meats, pickles, rosemary mixed olives, sherry tomatoes and toasted ciabatta; and, finally, Piatto – a selection of house cheese and cured meats, pickles, rosemary mixed olives, rum prunes, sherry tomatoes, honey and toasted ciabatta.

Smaller bites come in the form of oregano & sea salt crisps, rosemary mixed olives, and toasted ciabatta, e.v. olive oil and balsamic vinegar. For dessert, guests can order the effortless Italian classic: Affogato al Caffe.