Drink, Chat, Dance, Laugh and Party the Night Away in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a real party city and you can dance and drink into the wee small hours. During the Festival in the summer the lively atmosphere brings the night to life and late licenses allow the party to go on until the sun comes up. There is also no shortage of quiet, welcoming and comfortable pubs where you can enjoy a peaceful pint and a good conversation.

It has been said that Edinburgh has more pubs per square mile than any other city in the world and in the middle of the city that certainly feels true. There are many great real ales pubs, but Cloisters is one of the best. Cut from the cloth of an abandoned church it has a delightfully irreverent air and a very convivial atmosphere.

If you have your dancing shoes on then there are quite a few night clubs that cater for different tastes. You can find rock and indie options or go for a retro disco feel, pop or some solid techno for a good dance. Cabaret Voltaire is always lively and serves up a wide range of music to get your feet tapping.

Whistle Binkies is a great venue to enjoy live rock or folk music. The brick lined booths at the back of the pub are snug and intimate while the dance floor is wild and boisterous.

Come and join the party with our list of great Edinburgh nightspots.



This labyrinth club is very popular with students and it offers a couple of dance floors and several bar areas. It tends to be very cheap in comparison with most of the other clubbing options in the city but it is also loud, crowded and sweaty....  Read More

Henry's Cellar Bar
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Henry's Cellar Bar is perhaps best associated with jazz and blues, but is actually home to a much wider variety of musical styles. It is one of the capital's lower cost venues and only has a small stage and fairly basic décor so it is less...  Read More



Despite its ostensibly traditional exterior and unassuming decor the Auld Hoose is not the run-of the mill pub you might at first expect. For a start, it lays claim to the title of Edinburgh's only alternative pub with a juke box that covers...  Read More



This small pub on Leith Walk has a slight Swedish flavour. It is cosy, welcoming and has a bohemian feel and a lively atmosphere. You'll find the clientele very friendly and chatty. The music is generally very good and they are open to requests....  Read More



This small venue can be found in the Edinburgh Art College and it offers a mixture of indie nights and live gigs. It may be small but it's also cheap, comfortable and has a great student vibe although it is not restricted to students. If you...  Read More



The Stand is dedicated to live comedy. Local hopefuls fill up the open mic nights and young comedians cut their teeth on the diminutive stage. On other nights the Stand is host to some of the biggest names in comedy. During the Edinburgh...  Read More



Whistle Binkies is a cavernous bar that offers live entertainment seven nights a week. Descend the steps from the Old Town and you'll find yourself in a large bar with a few private seating areas carved out of the rock. Whistle Binkies hosts...  Read More



This classic, dark wood-lined pub has a laid-back appearance and a laid-back staff to match. It used to be a church, hence the name and the ecclesiastical tone of many of the fixtures and fittings. Now it is the backdrop to the worship of real...  Read More



This club is one of the busiest in the city and it attracts a really diverse crowd of fun seekers. Descend down the staircase into the underground venue and you'll find a massive dance floor with plenty of room to roam. Some of the best new...  Read More



Just off the Royal Mile, Cabaret Voltaire has long been one of the best underground dance clubs in Edinburgh. With a string of popular DJs playing sets to packed dance floors it has always been a popular venue with locals. A friendly atmosphere...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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