Nightlife Edinburgh

Edinburgh: Nightlife and Clubs

Nightlife Edinburgh: Welcome to Scotland, the homeland of kilts and whisky! Here's the complete guide to bars and the best clubs in Edinburgh, to enjoy the best of the Scottish capital's nightlife.

Nightlife Edinburgh

Young city, Dynamics and higher education, Edinburgh offers a lively nightlife and a lively atmosphere practically every night of the week. Although its dimensions are not comparable to those of major European cities, the Scottish capital boasts a vast number of bars, clubs and, in particular, ancient and traditional pubs full of atmosphere in which to spend the wild and wet nights in Edinburgh.

The nightlife in Edinburgh takes place mostly within the many pubs throughout the city and mostly concentrated in the old town centre: for the Scots tradition is being at the pub with friends to drink a pint of beer, Dark strictly. Besides the inevitable beer, the traditional pubs include the excellent Scotch whiskey and often host events with live music ranging from rock to Scottish music. Another feature of Edinburgh are his literary pubs, where you can have a nice drink and read books on Scottish culture and traditions: in this regard,, theEdinburgh Literary Pub Tour organises guided tours of the best literary pubs in Edinburgh.

At night instead, young people moving from pubs in the numerous discos in Edinburgh and go wild on the rhythm of techno music, pop and House, three popular genres in the Scottish city. Many clubs are located in New Town, especially along George Street, and frequently changing name or management. In general the Edinburgh nightclubs stay open until 3.00, except for the period in which the Fringe Festival, When the clubs can remain open until 5.00.

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Discos in Edinburgh

But where a night out in Edinburgh? Most bars and traditional pubs are concentrated in the historic centre between Grassmarket, Candlemaker Row and Victoria Street, and with affordable prices and live music. Other pubs are concentrated in New Town and Stockbridge, While long George Street, the shopping street, There are a few bars and trendy nightclubs.

Located north of Edinburgh, the area of Leith, with its quays, overlooking the North Sea, instead is emerging lately as a quieter alternative compared to nightlife in Edinburgh.

The festivals of Edinburgh

Music, Teatro, dance and film play an important role in cultural life of Edinburgh. In fact, throughout the year, the city is home to several theatre and dance, and folk music concerts, Rock and jazz, or important film festivals.

Among the events not to be missed include theEdinburgh International Festival, a theatrical event that takes place every year during the last three weeks of August, attracting thousands of tourists from around the world, and the Fringe Festival, also dedicated to comedy, also during August.

Nightlife Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh is famous throughout the world for theHogmanay, the traditional new year festival which lasts four days, between parties in the street, fuochi d artificio ’, live music, parades and utter drunkenness.

Nightlife Edinburgh Hogmanay
Nightlife Edinburgh: Hogmanay

To stay up to date on the latest events in Edinburgh see The List.

Clubs and discos in Edinburgh

The Liquid Room (9C Victoria St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 23.00 to 3.00.
Housed in a converted Church near Edinburgh Castle, the Liquid Room is a two-story nightclub is open all week that hosts live music and dj sets. Popular, the club offers music ranging from House to hip hop dance music.

The nightlife Edinburgh Liquid Room
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Liquid Room
Nightlife Edinburgh The Scottish girls Liquid Room
Scottish girls at Edinburgh Liquid Room

The Bongo Club (66 Cowgate, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
The Bongo Club is one of the city's most popular nightclubs and a real institution in the nightlife in Edinburgh. It organises live music that DJs and music ranging from Drum 'n' base, to Hip Hop, up to electronic music, House, Funk and dance. The place is pretty big and the clientele is mainly composed of young students with a great desire to have fun and dance until closing.

The Bongo Club Edinburgh nightlife
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Bongo Club

Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 17.00 to 3.00.
Located in an underground cave in the city center just steps from Royal Mile, the Cabaret Voltaire is one of the best clubs in Edinburgh, Open 7 days 7 and with live music and dj sets with electronic music. Inside there is also a quieter upstairs bar area that offers Scottish beers and cocktails.

With a series of popular guest djs at the console, a friendly atmosphere and great music, the Cabaret Voltaire remains at the top of the clubs most appreciated by the inhabitants of Edinburgh, radical chic style and a clientele consisting mostly of thirty-somethings.

Nightlife Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Nightlife Edinburgh: Cabaret Voltaire

Lulu Edinburgh (125b George St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 22.00 to 3.00.
Situated on George Street in a beautiful Georgian building, the Lulu It is a very elegant nightclub with music ranging from House to RnB, until the Latin American music. Within this club, that radiates class, opulence and decadence, There are plenty of couches and seating for relaxing and chatting between one dance and the other, In addition to a VIP area. Even the cocktails are prepared to perfection and every Tuesday are discounted. Elegant dress.

Nightlife Edinburgh Lulu
Nightlife Edinburgh: Lulu

Sneaky Pete’s (73 Cowgate, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 23.00 to 3.00.
Small and affolltato, lo Sneaky Pete's House music evenings, techno and Electronica, and regularly hosts internationally renowned djs. This club is always very popular and appreciated by young people around the 20-25 years.

Nightlife Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's
Nightlife Edinburgh: Sneaky Pete's

The Hive Club (15-17 Niddry St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Sunday through Friday from 22.00 to 3.00, Saturdays from 21.00 to 3.00.
Real institution of nightlife in Edinburgh, the The Hive is a labyrinthine club on two floors that draws a large crowd of students. The place is greatly appreciated as the drinks tend to be very cheap compared to most other clubs, but also because it's always noisy, crowded and sweaty, and the fun is always guaranteed. The music is a mixture of live performances, but mostly dj sets with pop music, indie and electro, Rock and metal or drum 'n' base.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Hive Club
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Hive Club

Why Not Nightclub (14 George St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Aperto lunedì, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 22.30 to 3.00.
A good alternative to the many clubs along George street, because attracts a crowd not too young and also more mature atmosphere and music. Not cheap!

Nightlife Edinburgh Why Not Nightclub
Nightlife Edinburgh: Why Not Nightclub

La Belle Angele (11 Hastie’s Close, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 22.00 to 3.00.
Rebuilt after the fire that destroyed it in 2002, La Belle Angele is a small but famous club in Edinburgh. The club is home to many prominent artists ' live concerts, In addition to evening with dj set.

La Belle Angele Edinburgh nightlife
Nightlife Edinburgh: La Belle Angele

El Barrio (47 Hanover St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Sunday to Thursday 22.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 3.00.
Located in Edinburgh City Centre, El Barrio It is a lively disco bars in Cuban style, with leather sofas and salsa classes on weekends. The djs playing the latest Dance hit, Hispanic and Latin to create a raging mix, fueled by their excellent mojitos. Although it's not exactly authentic, and some of the cocktails have names very stupid, the atmosphere is great and the entrance is free.

Nightlife Edinburgh El Barrio
Nightlife Edinburgh: El Barrio
Nightlife Edinburgh El Barrio beautiful girls
El Barrio is the right place to meet nice girls in Edinburgh

Bourbon Bar and Club (24 Frederick St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Monday to Saturday from 22.30 to 3.00, Sunday from 11.00 to 24.00.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the Bourbon is a unique concept for the city that combines a cocktail bar, Award-winning food and a night club. In the evening, the Bourbon opens its two dance floors and becomes an important reference point for the nightlife in Edinburgh.

Nightlife Edinburgh Bourbon Bar and Club
Nightlife Edinburgh: Bourbon Bar and Club

Shanghai Club (16 George St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 22.30 to 3.00, Sunday from 22.30 to 24.00.
The Shanghai is another trendy and stylish club Edinburgh a good programming of DJs to dance until late at night surrounded by beautiful girls Scots.

Nightlife Edinburgh Shanghai Club
Nightlife Edinburgh: Shanghai Club

The Banshee Labyrinth (29-35 Niddry St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Sunday to Thursday 19.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 17.00 to 3.00.
Housed in a former maze, the Banshee Labyrinth is a club with live music and concerts mostly punk and rock music. Inside there is also a cinema where you can see some movies for free.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Banshee Labyrinth
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Banshee Labyrinth

Opium Club (71 Cowgate, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 20.00 to 3.00.
Located in the heart of Cowgate, theOpium It is the ideal place for those who love rock, the metal or other alternative music. During the week they do live music and karaoke nights.

Nightlife Edinburgh Opium Club
Nightlife Edinburgh: Opium Club

Espionage (4, India Buildings, Victoria St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 3.00.
With over 4 music plans, theEspionage is a club with free entrance and attended mainly by a more mature crowd.

Nightlife Edinburgh Espionage
Nightlife Edinburgh: Espionage

The Mash House (Hastie’s Close, 37, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Wednesday and Thursday from 22.30 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 3.00.
Club underground House and techno music, great djs and events.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Mash House
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Mash House

Opal Lounge (51A George St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 22.30 to 3.00.
Located along George Street, theOpal Lounge is a small but elegant Club of Edinburgh, subterranean luxury paradise, where a trendy crowd sipping a cocktail and dance until late at night.

Nightlife Edinburgh Opal Lounge
Nightlife Edinburgh: Opal Lounge

Boteco Do Brasil (47 Lothian St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 12.00 to 3.00.
Boteco Do Brasil Add a slice of Latin atmosphere to the historic old town of Edinburgh. This club embodies the spirit of Brazil in all its aspects, from his South American cuisine, until his party atmosphere built through a mix of reggaetón, salsa, bachata, Latin dance and African melodies. The place is known to host many exciting festivals, between caipirinhas, salsa nights and live music. A good place for dinner.

Nightlife Edinburgh Boteco Do Brasil
Nightlife Edinburgh: Boteco Do Brasil

The Shack (119 Rose St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Thursday to Saturday from 19.00 to 3.00.
Club carefree and fun atmosphere that offers varied music that ranges from the 80 's and 90 's hits, pop and commercial.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Shack
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Shack

Bars and pubs in Edinburgh

The Rat Pack Piano Bar (9 Shandwick Pl, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 19.00 to 3.00.
The package of Rat Pack Piano Bar includes live music, for cheap drinks and a varied clientele and all ages. The music is mainly piano and jazz.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Rat Pack Piano Bar
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Rat Pack Piano Bar

The Three Sisters (139 Cowgate, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Sunday to Thursday 7.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 7.00 to 3.00.
The Three Sisters a popular disco pub in Edinburgh, mainly frequented by students. Here you can choose from a wide selection of beers, or dance to the beat of electronic music, Dance and anni ' 80.

The Three Sisters Edinburgh nightlife
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Three Sisters

Tonic Bar (34A N Castle St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Sunday to Thursday 17.00 to 1.00, Friday from 14.30 to 1.00, Saturdays from 12.00 to 1.00.
Located in the New Town near George Street, the Tonic is a small bar that prepare delicious cocktails creative. Alongside unique creations of bartender, the bar offers live music and dj sets which always attract a large crowd of stylish and beautiful girls. The ideal place to spend a glamorous evening in Edinburgh.

Nightlife Edinburgh Tonic Bar
Nightlife Edinburgh: Tonic Bar

The Voodoo Rooms (19a W Register St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Monday through Thursday from 16.00 to 1.00, from Friday to Sunday from 12.00 to 1.00.
The Voodoo Rooms is a club, a restaurant, a cocktail bar and a venue of concerts. The elegant interior of the bar are characterized by a black and gold decoration, While the main hall hosts concerts of live music ranging from soul to jazz, up to folk music, indie rock and hip-hop.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Voodoo Rooms

The Royal Oak (1 Infirmary St, Edinburgh)
Open Monday to Saturday from 11.30 to 2.00, Sunday from 12.30 to 24.00.
Greatly appreciated by the people of Edinburgh, the Royal Oak is a popular pub which offers, In addition to great beers and typical dishes, even the best Scottish live music, primarily of folk. Upstairs there are emerging artists with free admission, While downstairs they performed best known artists and the price for admission is 5 British pounds.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Royal Oak
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Royal Oak

The Last Drop Tavern (74-78 Grassmarket, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 11.00 to 1.00.
The fame of this old pubs in Edinburgh is linked to one of the bleakest city traditions. Located in front of one of the main squares of Edinburgh where, until the 19th century, public executions were held, the Last Drop Tavern was the last place where the condemned you enjoyed their last drink before getting to their fate. The pub offers a selection of fine beers and typical dishes.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Last Drop Tavern
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Last Drop Tavern

The Abbotsford Bar (3-5 Rose St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Sunday to Thursday 11.00 to 23.00, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 24.00.
This traditional Edwardian pub is a popular hangout for journalists, writers and actors.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Abbotsford Bar
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Abbotsford Bar

Frankenstein Pub (26 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Monday through Thursday from 12.00 to 1.00, from Friday to Sunday from 12.00 to 2.00.
Housed in an old church, the Frankenstein is furnished like a castle (in which the famous Monster) and consists of three floors. Good to spend a cheerful evening among friends and pints of beer.

Nightlife Edinburgh Frankenstein Pub
Nightlife Edinburgh: Frankenstein Pub

The Jazz Bar (1A Chambers St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Sunday through Friday from 17.00 to 3.00, Saturdays from 14.30 to 3.00.
Located along Chambers Street, the Jazz Bar offers not only jazz but also blues music and events, Funk and soul. There are also special artistic events like poems, albums and other releases. Some events are free, or input prices are including 4 and 8 British pounds. The bar mixes a good variety of musical styles, then in any evening you might come and hear jazz, then stay for the funk and end with the blues.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Jazz Bar
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Jazz Bar

The Malt Shovel Inn (11-15 Cockburn St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open from Sunday to Thursday 11.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 1.00.
If you want to drink a pint of Scottish beer, take a trip to Malt Shovel, classic traditional pub in Edinburgh.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Malt Shovel Inn
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Malt Shovel Inn

The Bow Bar (80 W Bow, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 12.00 to 24.00.
The Bow Bar offers over 230 malt whisky, 8 types of raw beers and an impressive selection of bottled beers (including the intriguing Maui Brewing Coconut Porter), But even those who do not drink beer will find something to their taste.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Bow Bar
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Bow Bar

OX184 (184-186 Cowgate, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 11.00 to 3.00.
Bright modern bar offering a wide selection of real ales on tap and good food. The special thing about this place is the fact that the kitchen stays open until 3 in the morning!

Nightlife Edinburgh OX184
Nightlife Edinburgh: OX184

The Wee Red Bar (ECA Main Building and Hunter Building, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 22.00 to 3.00.
This small bar is located in theEdinburgh Art College It offers a mix of indie music nights and live gigs. The place is small but cheap, convenient and has a nice student atmosphere, Although it is not limited only to students. If you like indie rock or rock at cheap prices and you love the student atmosphere, then the Wee Red Bar worth a visit. There is a good choice of club nights with music ranging from punk to acid House. If you are arriving here before midnight, you pay less.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Wee Red Bar
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Wee Red Bar

The Blackbird Bar and Restaurant (37-39 Leven St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 10.00 to 1.00.
Recognizable by its orange bicycle above the door, the Blackbird is a bright bar popular with young, offering a good choice of food and imaginative cocktails, including the “Mai Tai on Steroids” (rum, amaretto, Apricot brandy, Orgeat and lime) or the “King of Scotland” (whisky, Chambord, Cocchi Of Torrino, Raspberry, lemon and Prosecco).

Nightlife Edinburgh The Blackbird Bar and Restaurant
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Blackbird Bar and Restaurant

Tigerlily (125 George St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 7.00 to 1.00.
Located along George Street, the Tigerlily is a trendy and very popular bar in Edinburgh. The Interior is decorated with large mirrors, comfortable sofas and soft lights and romantic. A very glamorous place where people come to see and be seen.

Nightlife Edinburgh Tigerlily
Nightlife Edinburgh: Tigerlily

The Devil’s Advocate (9 Advocate’s Cl, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 12.00 to 1.00.
Tucked away on a narrow road opposite the medieval cathedral of St Giles, the Devil's Advocate industrial design is a bar with high Windows, exposed brick walls and wood furniture, with an airy open space balanced by cozy cabins and a gallery dedicated to dinner. With an increasing choice of whiskey, a list of wines expertly built and probably most interesting cocktails of Edinburgh, This bar is deservedly popular.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Devil's Advocate
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Devil's Advocate

Bramble Bar (16A Queen St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Monday to Saturday from 16.00 to 1.00, Sunday from 16.00 to 1.00.
Regarded as one of the 50 best bars in the world, the Bramble is a bar greatly appreciated serving great cocktails ranging from the classics to new fabulous inventions. Try a Campbeltown (whisky, Cherry Heering and chartreuse Green) or a Mint Choc Flip. Or ask one of the bartenders to create a special cocktail for you. There are many intimate corners for conversation and, every Friday and Saturday evening with djs and dancing.

Nightlife Edinburgh Bramble Bar
Nightlife Edinburgh: Bramble Bar

The Jam House (5 Queen St, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 3.00.
This spacious and relaxed bar attracts a clientele from 30 years and over, coming here for a drink or dine on the balcony upstairs and then go dancing under the notes of live music, which ranges from jazz to blues, passing from soul to swing, indie music, Latin and R & B.

Nightlife Edinburgh The Jam House
Nightlife Edinburgh: The Jam House

Dragonfly (52 West Port, Edinburgh) fb_icon_tiny
Open daily from 17.00 to 1.00.
The Dragonfly is a sleek little cocktail bar located just steps from the Grassmarket area. It is a great place for a drink in the historic center without being a tourist bar. On weekends there are local djs that play and the list of cocktails is pretty awesome.

Nightlife Edinburgh Dragonfly
Nightlife Edinburgh: Dragonfly

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