From cosy pubs with real ale to buzzing nightclubs with fabulous cocktails and DJ nights, Edinburgh has lots of friendly and safe hangouts for the LGBT+ community.
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23-24 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Edinburgh's most established LGBT+ venue, CC Blooms opened its doors in 1994. Named after Bette Midler's character in the film Beaches, CC Blooms serves up great cocktails, tasty food and a welcoming atmosphere.
During the day you can watch the world go by in their outdoor seating area, while at night you can dance the night away in the club or check out their dedicated basement party space, LAB.
Fans of cabaret should check out the Church of High Kicks, which is on every Sunday night with live performances, dancing and music. On Tuesday night CC Blooms hosts the club night Rabbit Hole which boasts some of the city's best drag performers.
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2 Montrose Terrace, EH7 5DL
Enjoy real ales and good pub grub at this relaxed and inclusive bar. This really friendly spot is a great place to enjoy a chilled-out pint with a great range of rotating guest ales. The food menu includes a wide range of comfort food and a good selection of vegetarian dishes.
While it advertises itself as a LGBT+ venue, everyone (including dogs) is welcome at this easygoing haunt.
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2b Picardy Place, EH1 3JT
On the corner of the Pink Triangle you'll find The Street, an independently owned café bar with friendly staff. By day, the glass front and outdoor seating area makes a great place to people-watch, while at night the bar attracts a lively crowd with a buzzing atmosphere.
On Friday and Saturday nights you'll find resident DJs keeping the party going into the wee hours, joined by live percussion, saxophone, vocalists and more. Want to strike a pose? Then don't leave The Street without paying a visit to their vintage-style black & white photo booth, where you can get your very own personal memento to take home.
Every Wednesday, The Street hosts weekly gameshow 'Prize Surprise' hosted by Ryan and Trendy Wendy. With gameshow games like Supermarket Sweet, The Wheel of Misfortune and a live singalong, this is one unforgettable night that's not to be missed.
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6 Baxter's Place, EH1 3AF
Right next door to CC Bloom's you'll find Planet, yet another buzzing bar and club in the Pink Triangle. Enjoy reasonably-priced drinks (including Fanta on tap), a snooker table and arcade games. They also host a drag show every Friday night.
Cafe Nom de Plume
60 Broughton Street, EH1 3SA
Feeling hungry? Head along to this cosy LGBT+ cafe on Broughton Street. This friendly spot is perfect for filling up on great food and cocktails. The delicious menu is full of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options with generous portions, and the approachable staff are always willing to help.
If you are looking for a LGBT+ friendly place that has a more chilled-out atmosphere than your usual bar or club, then Cafe Nom de Plume is definitely for you.
22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
In the same building as the Edinburgh Playhouse you'll find Habana, a buzzing and welcoming LGBT+ bar.
Habana hosts a range of DJs during the week, spanning music genres from pop to dance. Fancy taking centre stage for yourself? Then keep an eye out for their regular karaoke nights!
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