Where To Go For An Alternative Night Out In Edinburgh

Cabaret Voltaire
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Tori Chalmers

Certain times call for a unique kind of night out — one away from the conventional crowds and fashion show that is the ultra fancy club scene. Thankfully, Edinburgh offers an eclectic mix of venues, pubs, clubs, and bars all eagerly waiting to show some night owls an absolute hoot. Kick off those heels, let the hair down, and experience the dazzling alternative evening scene of Edinburgh.

1. The Jazz Bar

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub

Jazz Bar
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Channel your inner Jack Kerouac, revive the beat generation, and revel in the sublime selection of live music at The Jazz Bar on Chambers Street. This cosy little musical hub is as soothing as it is fun. Delight in the full bar and crafty cocktails while absorbing the sweet sounds of the next jazz prodigy. This is a prime place to kick off the evening’s festivities or to equally say cheerio to a hard day’s work. Either way, you won’t want to leave.

2. Bannerman’s Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

Bannermans Bar
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Bannerman’s Bar is the cloud nine of live music venues in Edinburgh. From shining stars to local heroes, head on over six nights a week to experience brilliant bands and sensational solo artists rocking out and doing their thing live. Avid gig-goers can enjoy a plethora of pints while kicking back and soaking up the stunning beats without the fuss and commotion common to larger venues. The sound engineers are auditory ninjas, so expect top-notch quality tunes from the crème de le crème of bands.

3. Usher Hall

Music Venue

Usher Hall hosts a variety of concerts and other events throughout the year
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Who says alternative has to entail screaming, shouting, and moshing? Join the swishest of hipsters and hop on over to the Usher Hall for an evening of sophisticated entertainment. This iconic venue has been gracing Edinburgh since 1914 and hosts some of the best shows in the city. Enter into an alternate universe after hearing the hypnotic sounds of soothing orchestras playing in perfect harmony. Absorb every minute of the riveting lectures inside too.

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