A SCOTTISH bar has been named as the second best in the world by a prestigious food and drink guide.

Popular US-based magazine Food and Wine has shared its latest roundup of the top bars across the globe with just 11 venues making it onto the elite list.

Panda and Sons in Edinburgh came in second place, the Scottish Daily Express reports with the stylish pub popular amongst locals and visitors alike.

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It features a wide array of cocktails inspired by destinations from around the world.

Dating back to 2013, Panda and Sons was created by award-winning bartender Iain McPherson and his family.

Food and Wine commented: “Entry instructions – find the barbershop run by a pair of well-coiffed pandas and slip into the back – at this Edinburgh speakeasy are slightly silly.

“These more mischievous elements complement a serious triumph of process, as Panda and Sons owner Iain McPherson is one of the world’s leading experts on freezing techniques.

“He’s responsible for inventing a method of cold infusion called ‘switching,’ in which water is removed from a spirit and replaced with something more flavourful.

“As such, classic cocktails have a technical touch, like an Appletini (olive oil-washed vodka, clarified apple, umeshu and Calvados) or the creamy colada with cocoa butter-washed rum.”

Topping the list was Ben Fiddich in Japan which, despite its Scottish-sounding name, only has connections to the country through its whisky.

Behind Panda and Sons in third place is Little Red Doors in Paris while Maybe Sammy in Sydney and Alquimico in Cartagena round out the top five.

Completing the list are Himok in Oslo, Handshake Speakeasy in Mexico City, Atlas in Singapore, Sips in Barcelona, La Sala de Laura in Bogota and Plus: Baba Au Rum in Athens.