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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.

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh. Courtesy of The Playhouse
Port O' Leith, Edinburgh. Photo by David Morrison
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The Port O' Leith Bar

Nautical-themed pub

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.



Address

58, Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 554 3568

Transport

Bus 22 or 36 - tram works may cause disruption

Café Royal, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Café Royal
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Café Royal Circle Bar

Grande dame of bars

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.



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

Website

Café Royal Website

Oloroso, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Oloroso
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Oloroso

Cocktails with a view

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.



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 Website

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Ecco Vino

Fine wine

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.



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

99 Hanover Street bar, Edinburgh. Photo by James Anderson
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99 Hanover Street

Cocktails and silent movies

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.



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

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Sandy Bell's

Meet the locals

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.



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

Espionage, Edinburgh. Courtesy of Espionage
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Espionage

Late-night party

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.



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 Website

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Po Na Na

African-themed clubbing

Located just off George Street, Po Na Na is designed to look like a Moroccan casbah thanks to wall mosaics, brass lanterns and artifacts shipped in from Marrakech. Expect hip-hop and funk or disco and sounds of the '80s.



Address

43b, Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP

Telephone

+44 (0) 131 226 2224

Transport

By bus: 24 or 42 - tram works may cause disruption

Website

Po Na Na Website

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The Bongo Club

Alternative rhythms

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.



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

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

Performing arts venue

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.



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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Usher Hall

Concert hall

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.



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

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh. Courtesy of The Playhouse
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Edinburgh Playhouse

Major musicals

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.



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 Website

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

Live jazz and soul

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.



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 Website

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The Filmhouse

Arthouse cinema

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.



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

The Filmhouse Website

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The Stand

Comedy club

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.



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

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