Entertainment

Top Choice Theatre in South Edinburgh

Summerhall

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…
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…
Cinema in West End & Dean Village

Filmhouse

The Filmhouse is the main venue for the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival and screens a full program of art-house, classic, foreign and second-run films, with lots of themes, retrospectives and 70mm scree…
Live Music in Old Town

Caves

A spectacular subterranean club venue set in the ancient stone vaults beneath the South Bridge, the Caves stages a series of one-off club nights and live-music gigs, as well as ceilidh nights during the festival – c…
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 …
Cinema in South Edinburgh

Cameo

The three-screen, independently owned Cameo is a good, old-fashioned cinema showing an imaginative mix of mainstream and art-house movies. There is a good program of late-night films and Sunday matinees, and the sea…
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…
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…
Live Music in Old Town

Bannerman's

A long-established music venue – it seems like every Edinburgh student for the last four decades spent half their youth here – Bannerman's straggles through a warren of old vaults beneath South Bridge. It pulls in c…
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 …