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Top spots in Edinburgh for your Christmas night out

25 November 2015

If a quiet Christmas doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, wrap up and step out to an Edinburgh bar and party your way into a lively Christmas and vibrant New Year! Can't decide where to go? Have a look at our round up some the best cool and quirky bars - ideal for the festive after work drinks or a big Christmas night out with your friends! 

52 Canoes Tiki Den


A fun and vibrant bar in the West End with a tiki hut theme! The inside is really well decorated like a tiki den, very cosy with nooks and booths hidden round each corner. At the 52 Canoes you can find awesome food which will tickle your taste buds leaving you wanting more, great cocktails, beer pong, live music and more. It's child and dog friendly and offers a wide variety of games to keep the wee ones busy. If that's not enough to keep them satisfied, they also offer parent/child cocktail masterclasses -  something fun and a bit different for all the family to do!

13 Melville St, EH3 7PR, 0131 226 4732 (Facebook)

Copper Blossom

Copper Blossom

Have a cocktail in the classically elegant Copper Blossom on George Street. Decorated inside with beautiful armchairs and bespoke features, Copper Blossom also boasts hand painted flowers on its exterior making you feel like you're in a garden, perfect for all your Christmassy instagram pictures. This place makes the perfect venue to start off the night with friends or workmates before heading for the dancefloor with your new Christmas jumper on.

107 George St (Basement), EH2 3ES, 0131 297 2630 (Website)

Le Monde Bar & Restaurant

Le Monde

At Le Monde there's something for everyone and every occasion, especially during the festive season when the place is transformed into a magical winter venue. The Skyline Bar on Le Monde’s ground floor is a hotspot for weekday relaxation and weekend celebrations, whether it is coffee with a colleague or planning a large party with friends. Dirty Martini is the popular live music venue which they adapt to host many events. Once you've warmed up in the Le Monde bar but still want more then head down to their night club Shanghai to show off some moves at the chic club on George Street.

16 George St, EH2 2PF, 0131 270 3900 (Website)

Electric Circus

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[Image Credit: Electric Circus]

This frenetic venue sits next door to the Market Street entrance of Waverley Station and offers up a live music and karaoke bar mash-up. Touring bands as well as locals perform live, with a list of alumni that includes K T Tunstall and Emeli Sandé. The look is psychedelic neon, so be sure to check out the Clockwork Orange inspired bar this holiday season. Why not book out the private karaoke room for your Christmas Night out for a guaranteed fun fest with your friends - afterall, who can resist a bit of cringeworthy singing?

36-39 Market St, EH1 1DF, 0131 226 4224 (Website)

Jazz Bar Edinburgh

The Jazz Bar Cr Website

[Image credit: Jazz bar – Gavin Brown]

Nothing says Christmas quite like some smooth Jazz music in cosy surroundings. Visit the Jazz Bar on Chamber Street and you'll be in for a treat. Every night of the week this music venue attracts an upbeat crowd of boppers looking for their fill of live jazz, soul, blues and fusion funk. The program is varied and the acts are outstanding, making for a memorable night out. For those not quite ready to twist and turn, there are many tables available to enjoy the ambience whilst sipping on your choice of wines, cocktails and spirits. The drinks list is certainly impressive for such a tiny place and the intimate underground bar attracts a loyal following, ranging from local students to devoted jazz enthusiasts.

1A Chamber Street, EH1 1HR, 0131 220 4298 (Website)

The Stand Comedy Club

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Already dreading the Christmas cracker jokes on the 25th? Fear not, make sure you have a good laugh on your Christmas night out at the Stand Comedy Club. With jammed packed events throughout the festive season such as the Edinburgh Christmas Lecture and The Stand Christmas Specials. These alternative comedy gigs will see Edinburgh's finest comedians talking about what the festive season really means to them. With a seriously impressive history of attracting the best comedy talent to their stage over the years, you might just catch the next Frankie Boyle or Jack Dee singling you out for wearing those daft reindeer antlers!

5 York Place, EH1 3EB, 0131 558 7272 (Website)