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Bars and nightlife in Edinburgh

Top bars

Gastropub
“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 198 locals recommend
Speakeasy
“Not a bar which is frequented by tourists so if you want to avoid the crowds, this has you covered. Thats if you can find it! Inspired by a the prohibition in America it disguises itself as a barbers, before pulling back a book case to reveal a thriving bar.”
  • 148 locals recommend
Bar
“Swanky George Street bar, restaurant and tea room. Famous for its opulent interior and full-throttle approach to Christmas decor. ”
  • 144 locals recommend
Pub
“Easy going, relaxed atmosphere with Swedish vibes. Great selection of drinks and cocktails. Open from mid morning till late so you can get all you meals there.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Cinema
“Screen 1 is wonderful. Loads of leg room and comfortable. Other screens much less comfortable. It's the local "independent" cinema.”
  • 183 locals recommend
Café
“My favourite gastro pub food. Go there for breakfast or get some tasty scran for dinner. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Good cocktails & music. A happening place tucked out of the way of most tourists.... ”
  • 130 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Best pizzeria in edinburgh will not dissapoint ten min walk from flat best to book ahead especially on weekends they do delivery also”
  • 132 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Cocktail Bar
“Good cocktails & music. A happening place tucked out of the way of most tourists.... ”
  • 130 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Live jazz, acoustic music and cocktails served up in a bustling basement space. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Atmospheric basement vault complex for club nights, live music, bar with craft beers and pizza. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Best place in town for live bands and electronic club nights. Small, friendly, sweaty.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Excellent steak restaurant - very fancy interior and rather pricy, but if you like steak then it's a good one”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“the Street is very central LGBT bar and down stairs turns in to a club. free. popular with almost any one. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Night Club
“Good for a Saturday night out - lively and normally busy bar. Wide selection of cocktails and night club downstairs. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Creative gin cocktails shaken by mixologists in a bar with timber ceilings and smart armchairs. Tranquil & classy. ”
  • 21 locals recommend

Music venues

Jazz Club
“Live jazz, acoustic music and cocktails served up in a bustling basement space. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Pub
“This is a local pub a few mins walk away. Its a very small place and not fancy but the drinks are cheap and local musicians gather here for impromptu sessions, usually good fiddle player. ”
  • 89 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Great venue to see a gig or concert. The Usher Hall is a concert hall, situated on Lothian Road, in the west end of Edinburgh, Scotland. It has hosted concerts and events since its construction in 1914 and can hold approximately 2,200 people in its recently restored auditorium, which is well loved by performers due to its acoustics.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bar
“Above the Cafe Royal, stylish cocktail bar with several function rooms that often host happening club nights. Great place to start a night on the town. Check their website for details”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar Restaurant set in a 1843 church. A great selection of Whisky, Gin and Cocktails with a Scottish themed Menu.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Pub
“A traditional pub with a cosy, couthie atmosphere and some great music sessions where everyone gets involved singing along. Sometimes hard to squeeze in to get to the bar but a good place for a malt whisky or Edinburgh Pale Ale.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Pub
“A good place for a pint and traditional bar food. Right at Haymarket Station”
  • 12 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Former chapel, now a 900 capacity venue for classical and jazz concerts and occasional rock gigs.”
  • 26 locals recommend
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