Top Choice Traditional Music in Old Town

Sandy Bell's

This unassuming pub is a stalwart of the traditional music scene (the founder's wife sang with The Corries). There's music almost every evening at 9pm, and from 3pm Saturday and Sunday, plus lots of impromptu sessio…
Top Choice Theatre in South Edinburgh


Formerly Edinburgh University's veterinary school, the Summerhall complex is a major cultural centre and entertainment venue, with old halls and lecture theatres (including an original anatomy lecture theatre) now s…
Club in New Town

CC Blooms

New owners have given the raddled old queen of Edinburgh's gay scene a shot in the arm, with two floors of deafening dance and disco every night. It can get overcrowded after 11pm and the drinks are a bit overpriced…
Club in New Town

Opal Lounge

The Opal Lounge is jammed at weekends with affluent 20- and 30-somethings who've spent £200 and two hours in front of a mirror to achieve that artlessly scruffy look. During the week, when the air-kissing crowds thi…
Theatre in South Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

A beautifully restored art-deco theatre with a modern frontage, the Festival is the city's main venue for opera, dance and ballet, but also stages musicals, concerts, drama and children's shows.
Theatre in West End & Dean Village

Traverse Theatre

The Traverse is the main focus for new Scottish writing and stages an adventurous program of contemporary drama and dance. The box office is only open on Sunday (from 4pm) when there's a show on.
Comedy in New Town

The Stand Comedy Club

The Stand, founded in 1995, is Edinburgh's main independent comedy venue. It's an intimate cabaret bar with performances every night and a free Sunday lunchtime show.
Live Music in New Town

Jam House

The brainchild of rhythm-and-blues pianist and TV personality Jools Holland, the Jam House is set in a former BBC TV studio and offers a combination of fine dining and live jazz and blues performances. Admission is …
Jazz in Old Town

Jazz Bar

This atmospheric cellar bar, with its polished parquet floors, bare stone walls, candlelit tables and stylish steel-framed chairs, is owned and operated by jazz musicians. There's live music every night from 9pm to …
Traditional Music in Old Town

Royal Oak

This popular folk music pub is tiny, so get there early (9pm start weekdays, 2.30pm Saturdays) if you want to be sure of a place. Sundays from 4pm to 7pm is open session – bring your own instruments (or a good singi…