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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Bond No 9

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This stylish bar with hidden corners specializes in cool cocktails and exotic liquors, including absinthe. There's also excellent bistro...

Cameo Bar

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Backing onto the Water of Leith, the bright and airy Cameo Bar serves decent pub food and has big screens popular for sporting events.

Malt and Hops

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Having opened its doors in 1749, Malt and Hops has a resident ghost. With a fine spot on the waterfront, the place serves microbrewery...


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This classic pub with friendly regulars is a great place for catching big sporting events while enjoying local ales. ...

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...