Best Dance Clubs in Edinburgh: Dance until You Drop



If you feel like dancing we’ve got you covered. The dancing never stops in Edinburgh. Well, actually, it generally stops at around 3AM when most of the clubs close - although you will find the odd late license during the festival that will keep you on the dance floor until 5am if you have the energy!

There are a lot of Edinburgh dance clubs to choose from and so we’ve compiled a list for the discerning clubber. You’ll find most of the venues in the Old Town and some of them are underground in more senses than one. The Liquid Room is one of the best in the caverns of the Old Town, hosting both dance clubs and live music.

In terms of musical styles you’ll find everything from nostalgic indie (the Citrus Club) to house, R & B and classic pop (Lulu). Each venue offers a range of different club nights so always check what’s on before you go. Most of them are casual when it comes to dress codes but it pays to do your research to avoid disappointment. The later you go, the better the atmosphere will be but you’ll run the risk of queues.




The Shanghai Club nestles in the basement of upscale boutique hotel, Le Monde. It has recently been refurbished and boasts a state of the art sound system as well as a variety of areas to fit your mood. The dancefloor is ringed by more intimate...  Read More




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




El Barrio is a lively Latin themed bar, grill and dance club located in the heart of the city center, on Rose Street. The decor is rustic chic with a polished wooden floor, beautiful dark wooden tables contrasted with brightly painted panels and...  Read More




If you like to get dressed up for a big night out and you're looking for a trendy venue then Lulu on George Street might just tempt you. The club is underneath the popular Tigerlily and it features a classic Saturday Night Fever style lighted...  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




La Belle Angele has been a fixture on the Edinburgh clubbing scene for many years. It burned to the ground in the disastrous Cowgate fire of 2002, and only reopened twelve years later in 2014. Since then it has gone from strength to strength,...  Read More




You'll find drum and bass, hip hop, electronica, funk and soul, house, disco and the occasional live gig at The Bongo Club. Club nights are regular and various different clubs run at this venue, so always make sure to check their website or...  Read More




From the ashes of the Citrus Club a new late-night bar, club and ping pong hall has arisen. That's right, ping pong hall. This odd, but strangely appealing, combination is called 4042 after its address (40-42 Grindlay Street). The music is...  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




This club is one of the busiest in the city and it attracts a really diverse mixed 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...  Read More


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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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