Monday, 16 July 2012

The Best Night Spots

Edinburgh is full of brilliant clubs, pubs, bars. These venues have an excellent atmosphere during the fringe and we wanted to share some of them with you!
Make sure to check out each of these places during your stay, you are guaranteed a good night and will no doubt meet some amazing people. Some of these are also venues, so make sure to check out what to see the following day whilst your there, but perhaps something thats on in the afternoon, you are bound to have a hangover. 


Located on the edge of Chamber Street, not a far walk from The Royal Mile, Biblos offers quality food and drink with wine and cocktail menu’s to suit all tastes. Biblos is a very popular hangout spot during the festival time as it is so central to most of the other venues scattered around the city. 

Cabaret Voltaire 

Cabaret Voltaire is a nightclub, bar venue located down the road from The Tron on Blair Street. This venue has a relaxed and fairly intimate atmosphere during the week. At the weekends the club holds different musical events, playing all types of music to suit everyone. Like most nightclub’s and bar’s open during the festival, Cabaret Voltaire stays open till late often till around 3am most nights. This venue is popular with a lot of the students studying in the city and the drinks prices are fairly reasonable.

Vodka Revolutions 

This particular Revolutions stands out from the rest mainly because of the friendly and warm welcoming atmosphere. By day Vodka Rev’s is a relaxed restaurant and by night this venue comes alive, especially in the festival period. Rev’s is situated on Chambers Street (just around the corner from C venues and Biblos) and is usually open Monday-Saturdays from 11:30am until 1am and sometimes even later during festival period staying open until 3am. 

The Tron

The Tron which is again situated a short walk from The Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town is a friendly, cheap and cheerful pub which welcomes people of all ages and races. The Tron serves classic ‘pub grub’ and reasonable priced drinks all day and night and during the Festival season is open till late just like most venues throughout the city.
To read some reviews about this pub please visit this website:


The Frankenstein pub has its own events section especially for the Edinburgh Fringe and is open every day from Midday until Midnight and until 2am Tuesday, Fridays and at the weekends. Frankenstein is located on 26 George IV Bridge (near The Vault venue).  During the day the pub has a relaxed atmosphere but comes alive during the evening. 

Pear Tree

The Pear Tree is a lovely pub set in the heart of Edinburgh Southside. It has been "supplying beers, whisky and all-round hospitality to the locals, students and visitors alike for over 250 years." With a cosy indoor area and bar and a large outdoor seating area, this is a popular venue during the fringe. It also has a small upstairs venue that teams up with the free fringe every year so there is always something going on! Bar open: Mon–Thu 11am–11.45pm; Fri/Sat 11am–12.45am; Sun 12.30–11.45pm. Capacity 100. Check out the website for more information. 

Library bar

The Library bar is a bar located in the Gilded Balloon venue with a capacity of 150. It is a stylish bar with an upstairs and downstairs area as well as a section outside for nice evenings and smokers! This venue has real character and charm and is great for a chilled drink either before a show or in the evening after a long day. 

For more information check out their Facebook page

So those are just a few of the many incredible pubs and bars to visit during your time at the festival. Of course there are many more such as the pleasance courtyard and dome, assembly, C venues etc which are all worth checking out. We hope you have some amazing nights out during your stay. If you know of any other great places to go during the evenings/nights of the fringe, feel free to comment below!

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