It is the cosmopolitan mix of people that makes Edinburgh so alive at night and there’s nowhere in the city more lively and bustling than the Old Town. Tourists and locals populate the pubs, bars, and night clubs in search of a great time, and, more often than not, they find it. Traditional taverns and contemporary bars sit side by side and you won’t have to walk more than a few steps to get a drink.
The crowds in the Grassmarket spill out of a row of bars and create a wild atmosphere in the street. If you head towards the Cowgate, or walk up the cobbled streets towards the Royal Mile, you’ll find clubs like Cabaret Voltaire. Further down, past the cathedral and beyond the bridges there are cavernous vaults full of merrymakers dancing the night away.
Of course, not everyone wants to throw shapes on the dance floor, and there’s no need because the Old Town is also home to a wide range of pubs. If you want a quiet pint or a good malt whisky Bow Bar, is worth seeking out. For live music and a venue that falls between club and pub, you should make for Whistle Binkies. Check out our list for more options.