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Nightlife In Edinburgh: The Best Clubs

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 9 February 2017
The people of Scotland certainly know how to party. It is no surprise then, that Edinburgh hosts some ideal spots for letting loose. Without further ado, let your hair down, sip on some craft cocktails, and gravitate towards that dance floor. Here, we round up some of the best clubs in Edinburgh.

Lulu Bar And Nightclub

For those who like to dress to the nines and paint the town red, Lulu is a fine place. Situated under top-notch bar Tigerlily in a beautiful Georgian building, this club radiates class, opulence, and decadence. Be warned — the dimly lit rooms and swanky interior is the most stunning setting to dance the night away. The cocktails hit every spot too. Expect to hear it all from top chart hits to house, hip-hop, and disco: kick those heels off and make John Travolta proud.

Lulu Bar And Nightclub, 125b George St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 225 5005

Opal Lounge

Expect the VIP treatment and full works at Opal Lounge. This little beauty is strategically placed on the buzzing party area of George Street. Upon stepping into this luxury subterranean paradise, expect to see crowds of happy campers dancing and nattering away. A night at Opal Lounge is the perfect pick for those who like to don the swanky attire and savour the craft cocktails. This place is small and yet the vibe is additive and the music is on point.

Opal Lounge, 51A George St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 226 2275

Electric Circus

Did someone say karaoke? Let the games begin — and end — with Electric Circus. The vibe is contagious and the club is buzzing. It really is a circus with its array of diverse tunes and varying events. Choose from seven colourful and trendy private karaoke rooms and savour those few moments in the spotlight. From 1950s classics and cabaret to chart hits, live music, pop-themed evenings, and disco tunes, this party palace is a hit.

Electric Circus, 36-39 Market St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 226 4224

The Jazz Bar

Stepping in The Jazz Bar on Chambers Street is like stepping into a whole new world. Consider this speak easy a jazz utopia where the atmosphere is magnetic, the cocktails are a work of art, and the chat is sublime. Let the live music stir the soul — a night out here is guaranteed to give you a whole new appreciation for jazz and acoustic sessions. Could this dream place get any better? Yes. They also offer funk, fusion, blues, soul, and roots.

The Jazz Bar, 1A Chambers St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 220 4298

Lola Lo

Gravitate towards Frederick Street and don’t stop until you reach Lola Lo. Don’t be surprised with the bamboo and island feel — this hangout is a bustling Tiki-themed bar and club with a serious party ambience. Think of this place as Edinburgh’s very own party island with the holiday vibe and extensive amounts of tropical cocktails. Want to be transported to Waikiki beach? Book one of the charming VIP booths. Put on the imaginary grass skirt and don the mandatory flower necklace. Then, dance like you’ve never danced to the stunning selection of mainstream tunes with a hint of R&B, and hip-hop.

Lola Lo, 43B Frederick St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 226 2224

Cabaret Voltaire

Start referring to Cabaret Voltaire as ‘Cab Vol’ and you will blend right in with the locals. Anticipate a cave jam-packed with party people and fun. The sound system is an absolute beast and the perfect accomplice to some of the best local Scottish DJs. This is the place for those who like to keep their feet moving to the music. Expect drinks to be flowing at extremely reasonable prices. For those who prefer to sit on the periphery and judge the dancing, there a plenty of nooks and crannies to be had. Delight in the range of dubstep, drum and base, electro, and much more.

Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 247 4704

Sneaky Pete’s

The only sneaky thing about Sneaky Pete’s is that it doesn’t have a larger venue to fit in more people — but then, it wouldn’t be the same. This club is the definition of fun. Expect all the drink you could ever need topped off with a perfect wee dance floor, top-notch alternative tunes, and live shows. The eclectic mix of music has the ability to resonate with all sorts. Check the website for gigs and don’t forget to pencil in every Friday for the exclusive one-off varying events.

Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 225 1757