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Usher Hall

Usher Hall (Lothian Road, Edinburgh) – this historic concert hall holds 2,900 spectators, and books a variety of musical acts. Acts can range from Rufus Wainwright, to classical music orchestras, as well as dance music DJing acts like Mogwai. See Usher Hall’s website for a list of upcoming events: www.usherhall.co.uk

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The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak (1 Infirmary Street, Edinbergh) — the Royal Oak is a real Scottish pub that has made its name as a live music venue. Steeped in history and atmosphere it is only a few minutes walk from the Royal Mile. With a fine tradition of musical entertainment every single night of the week […]

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The Hive

The Hive (15-17 Niddry Street, Edinburgh) – this is a 650-capacity, two-room dance club that been in business since 2007. It has hosted a varied line-up of various acts (from pop to indie, electro, rock, metal, and drum & bass.

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The Citrus Club

The Citrus Club (40-42 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh) – this venue caters to those who want to hear retro sounds from the past (ranging from 80s New Wave, to classic rock, indie, ska, reggae and dancehall music). That means one is likely to hear Soft Cell (“Tainted Love” ), Duran Duran, The Specials, Madness, The English […]

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The Caves

The Caves (8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh) — The Caves is a truly unique venue that makes up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge. There is no venue more Edinburgh than the Caves, or more Scottish, if you consider there was once so much Whisky stored here that it became known as “Whisky […]

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Sandy Bell’s

Sandy Bell’s (25 Forrest Road, Edinburgh) – given its old school pub vibe (which prides itself on the 35 malt whiskies on offer), this is the place for those who like Scottish folk music (which means live folk acts sometimes perform here). That also means standing room only – also cheap beer!

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Pivo

Pivo (2-6 Calton Road, Edinburgh) – located east of the popular Princes Street, this is a Czech-themed bar, which has a following, due to the live rock bands it often books. Many of the patrons this bar attracts tend to be those who want to hang out, but not at a pricey dress-conscious disco.

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Opal Lounge

Opal Lounge (51A George Street, Edinburgh) – unlike certain bars in Scotland, this one draws in a “yuppie” crowd. Small wonder that none other Prince William made this a regular hangout spot during his years at St. Andrew’s University.  

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Espionage

Espionage (4, India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh) — Espionage is a labyrinth in the heart of Edinburgh city, at the edge of the Grassmarket, under the shadow of the castle. Spread over 5 floors our range of bars, dancefloors and secret spaces make Espionage a top-notch venue for every night and mood. The DJs there […]

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Cloisters

Cloisters (26 Broughma Street, Edinburgh) – this bar, which has a decent selection of Scottish and UK ales, is very popular with students from Edinburgh University. Given that, the atmosphere is still relaxed (meaning that it will not be confused for a sports bar), and the food is considered good here as well.