Edinburgh Nightlife

The nightlife scene in Edinburgh is vibrant—whatever you're looking for, you'll most certainly find it here, and you won't have to go far. Expect old-style pubs as well as cutting-edge bars and clubs. Live music pours out of many watering holes on weekends, particularly folk, blues, and jazz. Well-known artists perform at some of the larger venues.

Edinburgh's 400-odd pubs are a study in

themselves. In the eastern and northern districts of the city you can find some grim, inhospitable-looking places that proclaim that drinking is no laughing matter. But throughout Edinburgh many pubs have deliberately traded in their old spit-and-sawdust images for atmospheric revivals of the warm, oak-paneled, leather-chaired howffs of a more leisurely age. Most pubs and bars are open weekdays and Saturday from 11 am to midnight, and from 12:30 to midnight on Sunday.

The List and The Skinny carry the most up-to-date details about cultural events. The List is available at newsstands throughout the city, while The Skinny is free and can be picked up at a number of pubs, clubs, and shops around town. The Herald and Scotsman newspapers are good for reviews and notices of upcoming events throughout Scotland.

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  • Comedy Clubs

Throughout the year you can laugh until your sides split at the Stand, which hosts both famous names and up-and-coming acts. ...

Star Bar

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Well worth seeking out, the tucked-away Star Bar has a beer garden, table soccer, and—a rarity—a good jukebox. ...


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With more than 80 whiskies, a cozy fire, and comfy sofas, Teuchters is a fine place to relax with a dram. ...

The Basement

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A longtime favorite with the younger crowd, the Basement is a good stopover before heading out to the clubs. The Hawaiian-shirted bar...

The King's Wark

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A 15th-century building houses the popular King's Wark, renowned for its excellent food and good ales. Breakfasts are legendary, and...

The Last Drop

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There's plenty of atmosphere amid the nooks and crannies at the Last Drop, which takes its name from a nearby site of public hangings.


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This stylish basement bar has bouncy stools, comfy sofas, and a long list of cocktails. There's relaxing music Monday to Wednesday, live...

Under the Stairs

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As you might guess from the name, Under the Stairs is below street level. This cozy, low-ceilinged place with quirky furniture and art...


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With 300-plus malts, this cheerful place is known for its haggis burger. Foot-stomping fiddle, bluegrass, and country music plays most...

Whistle Binkies Pub

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This friendly basement bar presents rock, blues and folk music every night of the week. ...


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