Edinburgh Nightlife You Don’t Want to Miss

Edinburgh is a city that works hard and plays hard, and has an electric nightlife scene that you won’t want to miss.

Start your evening by heading down to the Royal Oak. This small spot is a local favourite, and puts on live entertainment every night, just as it has for over 35 years. It’s a great place for you to get an education in Scottish folk music, so order a single malt on the rocks, sit back and enjoy the experience.

If you’re looking for a spot that’ll transport you back to Victorian times, then head to the Café Royal. With decorative walls and ceilings, fancy murals made from Royal Doulton and stained glass windows, it’s the perfect environment to enjoy a fancy cocktail.

When the time comes to move on to a club, there are many options available to you. If you want to dance the night away in a venue with an underground atmosphere, then tell your taxi driver to take you to Cabaret Voltaire. Built into a series of brick tunnels that run underneath Edinburgh’s Old Town, and boasting a rotating cast of bass, house and techno DJs, it’s a really memorable venue.

If you’re after something more mainstream, then head to the Hive. It’s long been a popular spot, and you can hit the dance floor here any day of the week. Playing modern pop hits and yesterday’s favourites, this place is packed on weekends and holidays. It’s open until 5am over the holiday season or during the Fringe Festival, so it’s perfect if you want to party all night.