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For an authentic night out in Edinburgh, join the locals in a traditional boozer and let the good times roll. Airy bars with sleek furnishings and tasteful background music might be all the rage, but you can’t beat the worn-out cosiness of a proper pub.
Edinburgh’s mahogany-clad boozers are places to pull up a wonky stool at a dimly lit bar, order a pint and put the world to rights with the regulars. It’s Edinburgh nightlife at its most natural. Just don’t be too surprised if you find yourself dancing on the table a few hours (or pints) later.
Edinburgh nightlife swings between the down-to-earth and the downright edgy. The city is home to all kinds of hip subterranean hangouts spinning out everything from techno to rock, so get glammed up and go underground.
Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair Street) is a happening spot showcasing cutting-edge artists, while the Liquid Room (9C Victoria Street) attracts high profile, international DJs of every genre. For some truly offbeat Edinburgh nightlife, limber up and head down to The Bongo Club (66 Cowgate) for ‘rock ‘n’ roll ping pong’.
Edinburgh comedy goes far beyond the famous Fringe Festival, with nightly gigs taking place in clubs across the city all year round.
In classic comedy clubs such as The Stand (5 York Place), no subject is sacred and no heckler is spared. Avoid the front row (and eye contact with the comedian) if you’re keen to escape the spotlight. This kind of entertainment is pure Edinburgh, so grab a beer and take a seat in the shadows. It’s safer there.