Edinburgh is the capital and the second most populated city in Scotland. There are quite a few tourist attractions in Edinburgh. Be it, the famous Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat, and the Salisbury Crags, there is something for everyone. The nightlife in Edinburgh also attracts many tourists.
Once you are done with the attractions the city has to offer, head to the nightclubs and pubs, which are there aplenty. The city has an amalgamation of old-style party hotspots and new generation party dens. Well, you can have the best of both worlds, we believe. You can flock to the numerous comedy circuses, cultural spots, or exploration of historical landmarks. Edinburgh is a 24-hour destination.
The Best Dance Clubs in Edinburgh
The fun never ceases in Edinburgh. Not until it’s 3 AM in the morning. You can most of the hot and happening dance clubs in the old town. But, New Town is not far behind.
The Liquid Room is located in a 19th-century church in the old town. The place comprises two floors along with a balcony that overlooks the main dance area. It is famous for both clubbing and live music. You can enjoy great hip hop music at this party den.
The Citrus Club, Edinburgh’s most favorite dance club, Citrus Club which was taken over last year by Shandy Martin has reopened with no-frills, black wall décor and is ready to take on the party scene once again. You can flock to this hot and hip part spot which has been renamed 4042, for some A-list DJs, live music, and fun.
Nightlife in Edinburgh – The Best Bars and Pubs
The city is strewn with bars and pubs. You can’t miss one on your way. The Scottish people are known to be extremely fond of drinks, so can bars and pubs be far behind?
Bramble Bar & Lounge is well known for cocktail. This quirky bar is very popular among locals as well as tourists. You can have your favorite sip of the Jagermeister, Cognac, or some of the barrel-aged cocktails. The white décor and low lights, high-end armchairs give a subtle look to the place, worth mentioning.
The Whiski Bar & Restaurant offers a range of 300 Scotch malts, craft beers, and cocktails at this Award-winning whisky bar at the Royal Mile. Live music at the bar can give some serious competition to the other clubs and bars in the city. The food is scrumptious as well, leaving no reason to complain. Awesome music and a vibrant atmosphere draw crowds, like flowers, do to honey bees.
The Jolly Botanist is located in West End in Haymarket; this Pub is already an award-winner for gin-based cocktails and more.
Wild Nights at Edinburgh – Music & Street Food
The Old Town at Edinburgh is home to the best, eclectic party clubs in the City. They are Cabaret Voltaire, Bow bar, and The Hive, to name a few.
Cabaret Voltaire – It is the perfect place for you if you love to pair reasonably priced drinks with a dark old-world atmosphere and not to mention good music. You can enjoy live music with great crowds at one of the best clubs in Old Town. The menu has Japanese street food on offer with some live gigs.
Whistle Binkies – This club has a late-night license and encourages local musicians. Catch up on live music without shedding a penny from Sundays to Thursdays. Chomp on snacks, drink ales, spirits, and malts.
The Hive – You can demand anything, from bass, rock, techno, electric, and frequent live performances at this Old town clubs. It is quite cheap and the ideal hangout for university students late at night.
Lulu – If you want to have some serious doses of chart, house, and RnB, Lulu is the place for you. Located below the popular Tigerlily, the spot offers more than just music. It sells an ambiance. They have ample seating space and private areas for hire for private parties as well.
For excellent street food, head to the Stockbridge Market, Farmer’s Market, and the Flea Markets.
The Stylish Voodoo Rooms
Located in New Town, this is the perfect place for you to party all night. Enjoy live music, cabaret dance, and various fests here. You can gorge on appetizers wash down with a pint of beer.
The sprawling Voodoo Room has other pubs in the same building. So, if you get bored, hop to the next one without having to walk on the streets.
Edinburgh – More Than Just Nightclubs and Bars
There is more to nightlife, than just clubs, pubs and dance bars, isn’t it? Yes, there are quite a few other attractions in Edinburgh which you can visit at night.
1. Night Theatre is the best next option to clubbing in Edinburgh. You should taste this part of the nightlife too. There are various festivals going on in some part of the city or other, you could drop into The Kings’, Festival Theatre, Traverse, and Edinburgh Playhouse to watch a play.
2. You could also drop in to watch a movie, be it at Vue Cinema, Edinburgh Film house, Cameo Cinema, or the Dominion Theatre. The Cameo showcases the best art movies.
3. Go for a historical trip to Edinburgh Castle. This is a magical place to satiate your hunger for history. You will find live music, DJs, street artists, drinks and cocktails and can meet some of the historical characters there. National Museum of Scotland is also there to give you company on lonely nights. Apart from exhibitions and performances, you can gorge on delicious food and cocktails.
4. Edinburgh Walking Tour is another night-time activity that you can add on. You can visit the underground spaces and vaults.
5. Become an astronomer for a night at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. If you are curious to know about the moons and the stars, you should visit this spot with a telescope. You can attend 1 hour sessions at this stargazing spot.
6. The Annual Edinburg Festival has taken the city’s comedy scene by storm. You can attend the shows of The Comedy Club and laugh out aloud.
7. The Scottish Storytelling event is another form of traditional entertainment in Edinburgh. There are tales of Scottish historical figures abound in the confines of dimly-lit dinner rooms. And, there is whisky to give you company.
8. Go on a Ghost Tour – If you one of those ghost hunters, can Edinburgh be far behind? You can hire Mercat Tours to take you on a chilling stroll of Blair Street.
9. Shopping is never dull. Be at The Royal Mile, Princes Street, George Street for some quick shopping till the extended time of 8 pm. Hunt for great brands like Pringle, Lyle & Scott, or Crombie.
10. Photography Buffs rejoice atop the Forth Road Bridge. You can get great night-time shot of the city. Expect to get enchanted.
So, discover Edinburgh, with a nightlife to boast off. You should pack your bags and head there, now!