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Blue Moon Café

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

Right at the heart of Edinburgh's gay scene, the welcoming, laid-back Blue Moon Café offers good food and drink. The staff are cute and sassy: ask here if...

1 Barony Street

Booty

Clubs

Around in the city since 2003, when it started life as Bootylushous, Booty grooves on with funk, disco, soul and R&B for an open-minded audience. Cheap...

GHQ, 4 Picardy Place
Free

Café Habana

Bars & pubs

The distinguishing feature of this favourite is the balcony that overlooks the hubbub of the colourful, energetic and sociable bar. Look down on...

22 Greenside Place

Café Nom De Plume

Budget
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Housed in the LGBT Centre on Broughton Street, this café welcomes all-comers. You can come here for a sit-down meal, but it's also good for a quick beer or...

60 Broughton Street

CC Blooms

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Ah, CC's, where great romances start and end, often in the same evening. There are nights when this full-time gay nightclub has more cheese than IJ Mellis,...

23-24 Greenside Place
Free

Deep Blue

Bars & pubs

Brought to you by the folks behind the neighbouring Blue Moon Café, Deep Blue is one of the mellower venues on the Edinburgh gay scene. It's a good spot in...

1 Barony Street

Fever

Clubs

The guys behind Taste decamp to Faith once a month to spin quality dance music to a similarly mixed/gay audience. The pre-club party is held at the Street...

Faith, 207 Cowgate

Frenchies

Bars & pubs

Although it was renovated in 2009 and is now under new management, Frenchies is the oldest gay hangout in Edinburgh. Despite its central location, the bar...

89 Rose Street North Lane

GHQ

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs

One of the sleeker venues on the Edinburgh gay scene, GHQ hosts a number of the circuit's favourite gay club nights. There are DJs most nights.

4 Picardy Place

Priscilla's Cabaret Bar

Bars & pubs, Cabaret & circus

Only a short walk from the Pink Triangle, Priscilla's is all about fun. The programme of events includes quizzes and karaoke nights, but the highlights are...

17 Albert Place

Q Store

Shops

Just off Broughton Street, this queer shop is pleasingly clean and airy. Head here to buy mucky DVDs and magazines, as well as skimpy underwear and a full...

5 Barony Street

Regent

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Proud of its credentials as a real ale pub, this boozer eschews the jukebox in favour of encouraging conversation. The atmosphere is in keeping with the...

2 Montrose Terrace

Street

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Located on the corner of Broughton Street, this longtime favourite is co-run by Trendy Wendy, the scene's most famous face. The regular DJs at weekends are...

2 Picardy Place