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 LGBTQ+ community.
You'll find a lot of venues focused at the top of Leith Walk and across to Broughton Street, known locally as the 'Pink Triangle'.
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23-24 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
Edinburgh's most established LGBTQ+ 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.
The Regent Bar
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2 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5DL
Enjoy real ales and good pub grub at this relaxed and inclusive bar in the Abbeyhill area of Edinburgh. The Regent Bar 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.
As you relax in the comfy sofas, why not enjoy one of their table-top games, or bring your own!
While it advertises itself as a LGBTQ+ venue, everyone (including dogs) is welcome at this easygoing haunt.
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2b Picardy Place, Edinburgh, 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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265 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8PD
A cosy bar with a great selection of drinks, Victoria Bar is an inclusive friendly bar that welcomes everyone - from Leith locals to worldwide travellers.
They offer an ever-changing selection of beers, wines, gins and whiskies. Don't see your favourite drink? Don't worry, they can whip up just about any drink you fancy, just ask!
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6 Baxter's Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AF
Right next door to CC Bloom's you'll find Planet, Edinburgh’s longest running gay bar.
This buzzing bar is renowned for its friendly crowd, where you can expect reasonably-priced drinks and daily entertainment.
Expect DJs every night of the week, including Drag DJs on Thursdays and Sundays. Showtime Fridays bring you amazing local and international Drag Queens every week - past line-ups have included winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK 2019, The Vivienne, and finalist Baga Chipz. Karaoke is every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. They also host retro nights on Mondays, and Bingo on Thursdays.
As well as being involved with several local LGBT charities and campaigns. Planet are also a sponsor of of Hot Scots, Scotland’s first LGBT football team.
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41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HB
Paradise Palms is a LGBTQ+ friendly venue is well-known for its award-winning vegetarian food, local and international beers and live music.
While there, be sure to visit Paradise Vinyl, situated in the bar. Selling vinyl releases from local and international acts plus curated second-hand disco & electronic gold, it also has zines, books, clothes, as well as items from local artists on sale.
22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
In the same building as the Edinburgh Playhouse you'll find Habana, a buzzing, welcoming LGBTQ+ 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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Scotland's first Pride march took place in Edinburgh in 1995. The city now hosts Pride Edinburgh every year around June or July, where people from all backgrounds gather to celebrate diversity and personal identity in Scotland's capital.
As well as the march, the free Edinburgh Pride festival boasts a full and fun programme of live music, health and community fair and lots more.
After being postponed for the last two years, Pride Edinburgh returns to the city on 25 June 2022 - keep an eye on their Facebook page for programme details.