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Nightlife in Edinburgh

Edinburgh's bars range from decadent cocktail lounges to traditional old pubs. Ecco Vino in the Old Town specialises in fine wines, while Sandy Bell's pub is full of local characters. Enjoy music at The Jazz Bar in the Old Town, or book tickets for classical concerts at Usher Hall. The Edinburgh Playhouse in Leith has regular musicals, and art house films show at The Filmhouse.

Bars

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  1. 1. Café Royal Circle Bar - Bars

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    Café Royal, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Café Royal

    One of Edinburgh's oldest pubs, Café Royal Circle Bar is tucked away in a small New Town street. A traditional Victorian pub with wooden bar and tile-pictures of inventors, this is a relaxing place to enjoy a pint of ale.Show this on map

    Address

    19, West Register Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2AA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 5561 884

    Transport

    Bus 23, 24, 27, 36, 41, 42, 45 or 67 - tram works may cause disruption

  2. 2. Sandy Bell's - Bars

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    Sandy Bell's is a landmark pub in the Old Town. It might be small but it's full of character. Gaelic overtones, warm vibes and good beer make it a favourite with locals. There's live music almost every night and at weekends.Show this on map

    Address

    25, Forrest Road, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 225 2751

    Transport

    Bus 23, 27 or 45 - tram works may cause disruption

  3. 3. Ecco Vino - Bars

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    Ecco Vino is a simple enoteca in the Old Town's steepest street, just off the Royal Mile. More than 50 kinds of Old and New-World wines line the walls. There's also a traditional Italian menu that includes antipasti, pasta and salads, making it an attractive choice for relaxed dinners and drinks.Show this on map

    Address

    19, Cockburn Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 2251 441

    Transport

    Bus 23, 24, 27, 36, 41, 42, 45 or 67 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    Ecco Vino Website

  4. 4. The Port O' Leith Bar - Bars

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    Port O' Leith, Edinburgh. Photo by David Morrison

    Scotch whisky is in plentiful supply at the legendary Port O' Leith Bar in Leith. The decor is an over-the-top collection of flags and nautical paraphernalia. Many local characters drink here: chat to them to hear a tale or two.Show this on map

    Address

    58, Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 554 3568

    Transport

    Bus 22 or 36 - tram works may cause disruption

  5. 5. Oloroso - Bars

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    Oloroso restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Edinburgh's beautiful people gather to eat and drink at Oloroso. The roof terrace, which provides views of the castle on one side and the Firth of Forth and Fife on the other, is a particularly special place to sip a cocktail.Show this on map

    Address

    33, Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DN

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 226 7614

    Transport

    Bus 1, 3, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 19, 22, 25, 31, 33, 34 or 36 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    Oloroso

  6. 6. 99 Hanover Street - Bars

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    99 Hanover Street bar, Edinburgh. Photo by James Anderson

    99 Hanover Street is one of the New Town's most relaxed bars. Rococo-style decor and a screen showing silent movies make it a good place to meet friends. There is an extensive cocktail list, and DJs and live music regularly.Show this on map

    Address

    99, Hanover Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 225 8200

    Transport

    Bus 23 or 27 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    99 Hanover Street Website

Clubs

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  1. 7. Espionage - Clubs

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    Espionage, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Espionage

    Espionage is a large club spread over five floors, just off the Grassmarket in the Old Town. Open until late, it has themed rooms such as the Lizard Lounge and Kasbar. The lower floors can get busy when the student crowd arrives.Show this on map

    Address

    4, India Buildings, Victoria Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2EX

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 4777 007

    Transport

    Bus 23, 27 or 45 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    Espionage Edinburgh Website

  2. 8. The Bongo Club - Clubs

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    The Bongo Club is a multi-arts venue in the Old Town with regular dance music and punk nights, salsa and swing dance classes, as well as a café and exhibitions. There are also comedy acts here during the Edinburgh Festival.Show this on map

    Address

    37, Holyrood Road, Old Town, Edinburgh EH8 8BA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 558 7604

    Transport

    Bus 36 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    The Bongo Club Website

Entertainment

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  1. 9. Usher Hall - Entertainment

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    Usher Hall on Lothian Road is Edinburgh's premier concert venue and is being refurbished into a grander version of itself. In August 2008 it reopened to continue its hosting of world-class classical, jazz and rock music and Edinburgh festival events.Show this on map

    Address

    Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2EA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 228 1155 (box office)

    Transport

    Bus 1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 22, 30 or 34 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    Usher Hall Website

  2. 10. The Jazz Bar - Entertainment

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    The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh. Photo by Pawel Kaczmarczyk, courtesy of The Jazz Bar

    The intimate, relaxed Jazz Bar in the Old Town is Edinburgh's only dedicated jazz venue. Opened by jazz musician and organiser Bill Kyle in 2005, it has a varied programme of DJs and live jazz and soul every night.Show this on map

    Address

    1A, Chambers Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 2204 298

    Transport

    Bus 35 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    The Jazz Bar

  3. 11. The Stand - Entertainment

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    Edinburgh's most convivial comedy venue, The Stand in the New Town is a good choice for a relaxed night of comedy and drinks. The weekends are crowded, noisy and fun, while Wednesday and Thursday nights are more experimental, with improvisation and sketches.Show this on map

    Address

    5, York Place, New Town, Edinburgh EH1 3EB

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 558 7272

    Transport

    Bus 8, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16 or 45 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    The Stand Website

  4. 12. Filmhouse - Entertainment

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    The Filmhouse on Lothian Rd is an Edinburgh institution. Along with blockbusters, the cinema programmes arthouse film, mini film festivals and the summer International Film Festival. There's also a good selection of DVDs for sale here.Show this on map

    Address

    88, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 228 6382

    Transport

    Bus 1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 22, 30 or 34 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    Filmhouse Website

  5. 13. Corn Exchange - Entertainment

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    About 3.6kms (2 miles) from the city center, this venue was meant to compete with the likes of Glasgow's Barrowland ballroom, where touring groups absolutely love to appear. No comparison, really, but not a bad medium- to small-size hall (3,000 capacity) to see rock and pop performers (Oasis or Justin Timberlake) and acts with more cultlike followings, such as the Raconteurs, Massive Attack, or the Streets.

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    Address

    11 New Market Rd, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Telephone

    0131/477-3500

    Website

    Corn Exchange

  6. 14. Edinburgh Playhouse - Entertainment

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    The Belle Epoque Edinburgh Playhouse in Leith remains true to its origins as a variety theatre. This is the place to see blockbuster musicals such as Chicago or Mary Poppins, as well as Russian ballet, rock concerts and opera.Show this on map

    Address

    18-22, Greenside Place, Leith, New Town, Edinburgh EH1 3AA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 5243 333

    Transport

    Bus 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 15A, 16, 19, 22, 25, 26, 34, 44, 45 or 49 - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    Edinburgh Playhouse

  7. 15. Edinburgh Festival Theatre - Entertainment

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    Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Edinburgh Festival City Theatres

    Edinburgh Festival Theatre presents large-scale productions of modern dance, ballet, musicals and internationally renowned theatrical productions. The plush old King's Theatre also comes under the Festival City Theatres Trust and is located in Leven Street.Show this on map

    Address

    13-29, Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 529 6000

    Transport

    Bus 2, 14, 30, 48 or 48X - tram works may cause disruption

    Website

    Edinburgh Festival Theatre Website

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