Nightlife in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Nightlife

When traveling around Edinburgh, there are plenty of things to see and do. When the sun is up, head to a vibrant Edinburgh festival. When the sun goes down, discover a wide variety of pubs and nightclubs for drinking and dancing.

Summer is Edinburgh’s festival season. There are many national and international events focusing on music, books and film. For a true Scottish experience, attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, where kilted pipers play below the battlements of Edinburgh Castle. Also head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the largest arts festival of this type in the world.

For a taste of home, Malones Irish Bar boasts the best craic and live music in town. Irish owned and run, Malone’s interior is decorated in a traditional style with all the furniture shipped in from Ireland. Malones offers genuine Irish hospitality, and packs as much activities and live music into the place as possible.

Biddy Mulligans is another great Irish pub popular with all ages. In the circular main bar area you will find the most people gathered to drink, mingle and watch the street outside or the small television. There is a larger television in the back, and the rear of the bar is also where live music plays. If you want a break from the crowd, take your drink and sit at one of the tables outside the bar.

Edinburgh has plenty of themed bars for an experience to remember. The most popular of these is Frankenstein’s Pub. Located in a converted church, Frankenstein’s Pub has three floors and three bars. Everything is decorated with spooky items and monster-related paraphernalia, and you may see people wearing costumes. The pub has something going on nearly every night with live music, games, prizes and monster parties. Try some monster fajitas with a Blood Clot drink.

For some fun from down under, try Walkabout, Edinburgh’s Australian-themed bar. This bar is split into two rooms with the larger room housing several television screens designed for sports fans to come and watch a game. The smaller second bar is a perfect place for conversation. Walkabout regularly features live music with the bands playing songs visitors are familiar with, allowing you to sing and dance along. Take a look at the menu to find kangaroo and crocodile dishes spiced with rare Aboriginal spices.

Edinburgh is also the place to be for a great nightclub experience. The city has many popular nightclubs geared to a wide range of visitors, so you are likely to find at least one to suit your mood. For a club featuring all sorts of music ranging from metal to R&B to indie hits, check out The Hive. The Hive has a 650-person capacity and two dance floors, so there’s plenty of space to show off your moves. For a smaller place, try Sneaky Pete’s in Cowgate. With a less than 100 person capacity, Sneaky’s Pete’s redefines the method of hosting entertainment in a small space. This club is loud, exciting, and very well attended.