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Guide to a Night Out in Edinburgh

If you’re planning on exploring what Edinburgh has to offer at night we’ve come up with some suggestions on what to do and where to go. 

Scottish Country Dancing

Every Friday the Ghillie Dhu holds a Burns Supper and ceilidh where you can try some traditional Scottish food of haggis, neeps and tatties followed by a night of ceilidh dancing. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, they’ll explain the dances before you get to give it a go yourself. Price for the Burns Supper and ceilidh is £30 or you can pop along for the ceilidh at 10PM for just £5, we recommend booking in advance.

Pubs on the Grassmarket

Pubs are an important part of Scottish culture and the Grassmarket, underneath the castle, is one of the most beautiful areas in Edinburgh to try out a variety of different pubs for the night. If you’re lucky and the suns shining sit outside, or try the beer garden in The Bee Hive with castle views.


If you’re interested in checking out the clubbing scene in Edinburgh you have a host to choose from. The Hive on Niddry Street, just off Cowgate, is a student favourite.  Open 7 nights a week with cheap drink deals, it may not be the classiest joint in Edinburgh but it is good fun. If you prefer a more upmarket location head to George Street and try out Lola Lo, Opal Lounge or Why Not. But be warned these tend to be very expensive at the weekend and they can have stricter door codes. The cool kids head to Cabaret Voltaire (known as Cab Vol), nestled in a cave on Blair Street with DJs travelling from all over to play nights there, specialises in indie and dance music.


Edinburgh boasts some beautiful cocktail bars but they don’t come cheap. We recommend The Dragonfly on Grassmarket, Panda & Sons (a 1920s style speakeasy bar which you enter in through a barber shop), 52 Canoes Tiki Den or Tigerlily. In general the best cocktail bars are located near George Street in New Town.

Live Music

Catherine Struthers