As the offices and shops shut and the tourist attractions close for the day, the mood of the capital changes as revelers prepare for a night of drinking, dancing, and fun on the streets of Edinburgh. The cobbled streets and wynds of the old town fill with the sound of music and laughter and all over the city pubs fill up with locals and visitors. Before long a wide variety of live acts and bands strut their stuff in a range of venues of all sizes.
As the crowds in the Grassmarket swell, those in the know make their way towards the Liquid Rooms where up and coming indie, electro and alternative acts prepare to entertain in a relatively intimate and always vibrant subterranean maze. Fans of traditional Folk music are spoiled for choice by a variety of bars and clubs where professional musicians and gifted amateurs rub shoulders.
Others seeking the exhilarating experience of a headliner act and a larger crowd head to the faded Art Deco splendor of the HMV Picture House to dance and drink the night away. There are many great venues to enjoy the glorious sound of a full symphony orchestra or the inspiring swell of a professional choir, but it is hard to beat the beautifully refurbished Usher Hall. Check out our list for more options.