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Where To Go For An Alternative Night Out In Edinburgh

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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.
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The Jazz Bar

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.

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

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The Bongo Club

Boogie the night away at Edinburgh’s beloved Bongo Club. A well established bouncing bohemian venue, everyone wants to have a go at this drum. This prime pick is owned by a fabulous local arts charity and has been bringing the best of film, theatre, comedy, dance, fitness, drama, and especially clubbing for a hefty number of years. Be prepared for the rave of all raves and first class nights filled with hilarity, dancing, top tunes, and the greatest kind of madness.

The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 558 8844

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Opium is not for the faint hearted. This brilliantly divey establishment has everything you could ever need for a night of pure banter. The drinks keep on flowing and the music is intense. Those with a soft spot for hard rock and all things heavy percussion will be in music paradise. Monday is reserved for future rock stars in the making to display those air guitar skills at Rockeoke night. Oh, and don’t be deterred by the many moshers and head bangers — they’re just having a grand old time.

Opium, 71 Cowgate, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 225 8382

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Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire is a firm favourite for Edinburgh locals. Think of it as the ultimate genie lamp — it’ll grant all of your wishes and more. The atmosphere in this subterranean playground is for those who like to party. Expect the full works and enjoy the snazzy live music, abundance of craft beers, and the intense sound system, which is made even more wonderfully obnoxious by the deftly skilled DJs working their magic.

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

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Bannerman’s Bar

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.

Bannerman’s Bar, 202 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 556 3254

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