Edinburgh is best for...
Hidden gems: For a good cocktail, relaxed atmosphere and cool interior, try the Dragonfly and Bramble.
Traditional pubs: Listen to live Scottish music at Sandy Bell's or head to Bennets Bar with its impressive Victorian interior
Theatre: Edinburgh is home to many top class theatre venues, including The King's. The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Traverse
Language: The language spoken in Edinburgh is English
Currency: The currency used in Edinburgh is the Pound
Local time: London's local time is the same as throughout the UK
Fly to: Edinburgh's main airport is Edinburgh Airport
A visit to the Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh nightlife includes traditional Scottish pubs, sophisticated wine bars and lively clubs, in addition to a more cultural side thanks to its wealth of theatres, festivals and special events will not disappoint. Be prepared for the interesting and unusual as you take a look at some of our favourites.
Two of the best times of the year to visit the city and experience its cultural buzz are The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (usually held throughout August) is the world’s largest arts and cultural festivals with thousands of theatre, singing and dancing performers over hundreds of different venues. There really is something for everyone as the whole city joins the party. And another celebration not to be missed is Hogmanay. Put on your glad rags or fancy dress and join in a three-day celebration of New Year, with street parties, processions and an impressive firework display.
You can’t experience Edinburgh nightlife without a visit to the Royal Oak. It’s a superb spot to get your night started in real style, with live entertainment and traditional Scottish folk music every night. Be sure not to miss a visit to Scotland’s oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn for a traditional experience. This amazingly well-preserved spot even has its own bowling alley. Port O’Leith comes to life on a Saturday evening, where you can party into the early hours on the dance floor or the bar.
Aside from the traditional folk music played in the city’s pubs, Edinburgh is also home to a more modern music scene. Journey into the underground tunnels beneath the city frequented by international house, bass and techno DJs. If you’re more of a mainstream pop music fan, then the Hive is the club for you playing your favourite tunes until 5am daily.
Stramash is an exciting venue combining a cool bar, late night diner and live music featuring some of Scotland’s finest bands.
Sneaky Pete’s is one of Edinburgh’s intimate venues with fresh tunes and band memorabilia, as well as live music and local bands from time to time. You can also see live bands at Liquid Room, which in the past have included Snow Patrol and Kasabian, and also witness up and coming talent in the making. Lulu is perfect for dancing the night away to mainstream pop in kitsch surroundings.
In addition to Edinburgh nightlife top pubs and clubs, you can also join an organised bar crawl to explore hidden gems, or head to a comedy club for a night of fun and laughter.