Whether dancing to bagpipes, knocking back Scotch whisky or partying up a storm during Edinburgh’s summer festival season suits your style, you’ll find an active nightlife in the Scottish capital. Pubs, bars and venues are on just about every street in Edinburgh, but to really experience the city’s nightlife, it’s best to follow the locals. To help you plan the ultimate night out, here’s our complete guide to Edinburgh’s nightlife.
With dazzling illuminations brightening up the city, the shops full of festive decorations and gifts, and the legendary 4-day Hogmanay festivities, the Scottish capital makes a lively place to spend the holidays. Whether you want to browse the Christmas markets or join a charity Santa run; here are 5 magical ways to celebrate Christmas in Edinburgh.
With its UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, scenic canals and famous seven hills, Edinburgh is a town made for getting around on foot, but with its rough cobblestone lanes and steep hillsides, make sure to pack your hiking boots. For an even more memorable experience, opt for one of these four unique walking tours of Edinburgh, led by expert local guides.
With everything from historic pubs to quirky theme bars and upmarket wine bars, and new bars and clubs springing up all around the city, Edinburgh’s legendary nightlife is always one step ahead. It’s not all pints of beer and shots of Scotch whiskey either – there are plenty of spots to order a daiquiri or a whiskey sour too. From award-winning bars to local hideaways, here are 5 of Edinburgh’s best cocktail bars.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Scotland so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Scotland!
With so many world class festivals going off in Edinburgh in August, it’s easy for the city’s smaller events to fly under-the-radar, but the vibrant Edinburgh Mela Festival has carved a niche for itself, offering an incomparable celebration of south Asian culture and heritage. Held each August since 1995, the Edinburgh Mela Festival has earned itself a reputation for cultural diversity, with its ethnic flavor and eclectic mix of world music, dance, fashion and food providing a welcome alternative to the big-name international stars and homegrown acts featured in the city’s other festivals.