Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Donald McGhie

An authentic Tiki bar in the New Town? Richard popped on his hula skirt and hotfooted over to the Auld Reekie Tiki Bar to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar - Donald McGhie, former banker; football coach and English teacher.

Name: Donald McGhie

Age: 31

Bar: Auld Reekie Tiki

Background: Born in Edinburgh. Worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland from the age of 16. After five years started working in bars in Old Town before moving to Spain for a couple of years when he taught English and played football for a local team in Villa Real. Next he moved to Aberdeen to work in Malmaison and juggles his present job with being a gin ambassador for Wild Island Gin and raising a four-month old daughter.

Ambition: To own his own bar, drink lots of WIG and continue to consume cocktails ART

Favourite Drink: Pint of Tennent’s and a nip of Laphroaig.


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