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Bannermans

Music

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

Bowery

Music

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
Free

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
Free

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
Free

Forest

Music

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
Free

Hive

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: Club, Old Town
Free

Jazz Bar

Music

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
Free

Jazz Centre at the Lot

Music

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

Reid Concert Hall

Music

On selected days during termtime, you can wander in and enjoy a free lunchtime concert from students at the University of Edinburgh's music faculty, or from...

Bristo Square
Free

Royal Oak

Bars & pubs, Music

Fall through the doors of this tiny, two-floor pub and you're virtually guaranteed to be regaled with a flurry of fiddles, squeezeboxes and guitars. There...

1 Infirmary Street

Sandy Bell's

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Music

Like the Royal Oak, this is a folkies' hangout: there's an open session every night from around 9pm. Also like the Royal Oak, there are no frills, but if...

25 Forrest Road
Tags: Folk, Pub, Old Town
Major venue

Sneaky Pete's

Clubs, Music

Once upon a time, this bijou bar was the last port of call for Saturday-night desperadoes who weren't too fussy about the company they kept. However, a...

73 Cowgate

Whistlebinkies

Bars & pubs, Music

Edinburgh's primary live music pub, Whistlebinkies takes in rock and pop acts along with singer-songwriters, troubadours and indie kids. On Fridays and...

7 Niddry Street