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An amazing place to experience the best in cuisine and entertainment venues, Edinburgh won’t disappoint those in search of a little culture from their stay. From theatres showing world-class shows like The Lion King and Wicked, to smaller eclectic community productions, to comedy and jazz clubs, there really is something for everyone in this bustling bonnie city. This city really does have a special place in my heart as on New Years Eve 2004 Shilts proposed to me up the big ferris wheel on Princes Street whilst we were celebrating Hogmany. Obviously I said yes and we had a fantastic couple of days in the city seeing the sights and would definitely love to go back up again to experience the Scottish nightlife.
The Jam House
The venue where you can eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy fine food on the balcony overlooking the main stage from which talented musicians will entertain you throughout the evening. A DJ will play between each act and keep you dancing until 3am. A variety of music is played here by some fantastic bands, and you can find jazz, blues, soul, rock, swing, big band, cover bands, country, indie, pop, Latin, funk, fusion and R&B artists performing here regularly, with regular themed nights for special events like Christmas and Valentines Day. It’s a great place to head for an evening full of excellent music and tasty food.
The Maybury Casino and Charleston Restaurant
For the highest levels of service, look no further than the Charleston Restaurant located in the Maybury Casino. From the moment you arrive and the valet opens your car door, to the moment you leave, you can be assured that you will receive the best service you can imagine. With stunning architecture, tables set exquisitely and a real sense of decadence, this beautiful restaurant, which overhangs the gaming floor, won’t disappoint. If it’s a night out with a touch of luxury you’re after, then look no further.
This quirky music club is situated in the caves beneath the city. A unique venue perfect for those looking for something a little different, it offers cosy nooks from which to enjoy the action, a huge sound system, big name DJs, the hottest bands and up and comers. With rave reviews, this is one of the true must-see venues in Edinburgh for music fans.
The Voodoo Rooms
An award winning bar and restaurant combined with great entertainment. Offering six rooms and four bars, all providing something that little bit different, The Voodoo Rooms are a great place to visit on a night out. Whether it’s live music, cabaret, exhibitions, jam sessions or plays you’re after, you can find it all at this remarkable venue. Plus, with an impressive cocktail menu, bar snacks or lunch, and evening meals you’re sure to spend a good few hours here just enjoying the atmosphere, eating, drinking and being merry!
Negociants and Medina
Negociants has long been a favourite among locals and visitors to Edinburgh alike. This cafe/bar/restaurant has many guises and can feel completely different depending on what time of day you just so happen to arrive. Light and spacious with mirrors lining the walls, it’s almost French in feel – then you see the band posters lining the walls and realise it’s far more hip than you first may have thought! It’s a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or meet friends for the evening. Downstairs is Medina. Open until 3am and decorated in a North African theme, this lively basement club is not to be missed. Lie on cushions while listening to bands, dance the night away to popular DJs or soak up the party vibe from the bar – Medina is an eclectic and lively place to spend an evening in Edinburgh.
Whatever your idea of a good evening out is, Edinburgh has something to offer everyone, and with great accommodation located just a stones throw away (click here for some fantastic value hotels) you won’t have to face a long walk home at the end of the night.