Official Guide to Edinburgh
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Nights Out

Make the most of every minute. Edinburgh nightlife sparkles with a full schedule of things to see and do as the clock approaches midnight – and beyond

Stepping out on the town? Nights out in Edinburgh can be as vibrant or as gentle as you wish. Let's discover the Edinburgh nightlife.

Theatre

A night at the theatre is a pleasant way to spend an evening. Theatre goers can choose from a raft of top class city centre venues and are sure to find a play, musical or performance to suit their tastes. Choose from The King’s, The Festival Theatre, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Traverse and Edinburgh Playhouse theatres all of which provide a truly astounding theatrical experience.

Cinema

Vue Cinema at the Omni Centre in Leith Street offers movie fans a great choice of all the latest blockbusters in the city centre and further out of town are two more large cinema complexes at Ocean Terminal and Fountain Park. The renowned Edinburgh Filmhouse on Lothian Road is a smaller independent cinema which has a reputation for showing films from all over the world from popular crowd pleasers to old classics. Just up the road from the Filmhouse is the Cameo Cinema, a 100 year old beauty which maintains its tradition of arthouse screeenings alongside the latest big releases and indie flicks. The Dominion Theatre in Morningside is a firm favourite with Edinburgh residents, famous for its comfy sofas in place of traditional cinema steats.  A small but perfectly formed cinema it is available for private hire for childrens birthday parties, hen parties and even corporate events.

Music and Dance

Edinburgh nightlife girates to hip-hop, techno and soul to jazz and blues and folk music, Edinburgh vibrates to a beat that will hit the mark with music and dance lovers of all genres.  Check out The Usher Hall, The Queen’s Hall or The Jam House for world class concerts and cracking gigs or Cabaret Voltaire, Shanghai Club, Lulu and the Edinburgh Folk Club for an eclectic mix to get you dancing.

Comedy

Feeling like a good laugh?  Stand-up comedians, one man shows and comedy classics will have your sides splitting.  Be sure to pay a visit to The Stand and Monkey Barrel Comedy during a night out in the Capital. 

Food and Drink

A limitless selection of restaurants and bars caters to all tastes and budgets.  From fine dining to fast food and international cuisine Edinburgh is a foodies paradise.  Why not visit our Food and Drink section and book your favourite restaurant now.

This is Edinburgh: Discover the best of Edinburgh nightlife and enjoy great nights out in the city.