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This long, thin venue has one of the best views of Edinburgh city centre. Musically, it caters for a hotch-potch of local-band triple-bills, rock nights and...

5-7 Waterloo Place



If you walk under the bridge on the Cowgate that runs adjacent to this cavernous venue, you'll reach a spot where you can hear, at full blast ,what's going...

212 Cowgate
Tags: Rock, Old Town



Open since the end of 2008, the Bowery has since become the unofficial home for the city's burgeoning anti-folk scene, while also staging a few experimental...

Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place

Cabaret Voltaire

Clubs, Music

Its name nodding both to a Swiss nightclub favoured by the original Surrealists and to the hugely influential electronic act, Cabaret Voltaire helped...

36 Blair Street

Corn Exchange


The main problem with this 2,500-capacity former slaughterhouse is its location out of the city centre. That said, the ambience at this oversized barn isn't...

11 New Market Road

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Dance, Music, Theatre

The EFT began life as the Empire Palace Theatre, hosting the biggest old-time variety stars. By the mid 1980s, it was another story: then the run-down...

13-29 Nicolson Street

Edinburgh Folk Club


The Pleasance's Cabaret Bar hosts the Edinburgh Folk Club's weekly sessions for 11 months in every 12; the exception is August, when the venue becomes...

Pleasance, 60 Pleasance

Electric Circus

Clubs, Music

Now, this is a novelty. Formerly known as Massa, Buster's and a host of other names, the Electric Circus has been subject to an extensive refurbishment that...

36-39 Market Street



A hippy vibe pervades this collective-run venue in a former church, with bands playing either in the café-bar area or in the upstairs hall. For sensitive...

3 Bristo Place
Tags: Old Town

Henry's Cellar Bar

Clubs, Music

Situated beneath and connected by a stairwell to a Chinese restaurant, this basement bar was once a jazz joint, but has broadened its remit to encompass...

8-16 Morrison Street


Clubs, Music

As the name suggests, this club is made up of a series of interlocking rooms, which host a series of student-friendly nights across two dancefloors and...

15-17 Niddry Street
Tags: Old Town, Club

HMV Picture House


For years, Edinburgh was crying out for a central, mid-sized venue that could accommodate major touring bands. The city finally got its wish with the 2008...

31 Lothian Road
Major venue

Jazz Bar


One of the vicitims of the Old Town fire of 2002 was the Bridge Jazz Bar. Proprietor Bill Kyle asked local jazz stalwarts for their help backing a new...

1a Chambers Street
Tags: Jazz, Old Town

Jazz Centre at the Lot


Used sporadically by promoters Assembly Direct (www.jazzmusic.co.uk), this bijou upstairs venue occasionally hosts international acts such as the Necks, but...

4-6 Grassmarket
Tags: Jazz, Old Town

Queens Hall


Classical music makes up approximately half the programming at this 900-seat venue, a former church that retains its old pews. The Scottish Ensemble, the...

85-89 Clerk Street
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