During the day, Edinburgh is the perfect place to explore historic landmarks, cobbled streets and beautiful scenery. However, when the sun goes down you can see how much this lively city really has to offer. Delving into Edinburgh’s nightlife offers the perfect opportunity to practice your English, mix with locals and discover a whole new side to the city.

From traditional Scottish pubs, to lively, modern clubs there really is something for everyone here:

For something traditional…

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Traditional Scottish pubs can be found all around the city but you can be sure to find a great range of pubs offering traditional Scottish food, whiskies, ales and live music on the Royal Mile. Many of these pubs have historical connections which you can learn about whilst enjoying a class of whisky and listening to some Scottish folk music. Try out Deacon Brodie’s or Sandy Bell’s

For something Irish…

Scotland shares many cultural connections with Ireland, so it’s no surprise that you can find many traditional Irish pubs here. Popular Irish haunts include Biddy Mulligans in the Grassmarket and Dropkick Murphy’s, where you can enjoy some late night live music from local bands playing popular Irish music mixed with well-known hits you can dance to.

For alternative music…

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The Cowgate area is a great place to spend time if you enjoy the alternative music scene. Bars like Bannermans and The Banshee Labyrinth play alternative music mixed with live bands and clubs like the Hive offer a great place to dance to pop-punk and rock mixed with electro and urban music. Alternative venues elsewhere in Edinburgh include Studio 24, Jekyll and Hyde, The Black Rose and Citrus Club which offers a mixture of old and new indie tunes.

For live music…

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There are plenty of venues in Edinburgh which regularly welcome live music acts from Scotland and around the world. You can find a list of artists playing in Edinburgh and around Scotland on www.rippingrecords.com. Other venues regularly hosting a variety of live music include The Jazz Bar, Whistlebinkies, Sneaky Pete’s and Henry’s Cellar Bar.

For the club scene…

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Although there are a variety of clubs located around Edinburgh, you will be able to find many of them on and around George Street. Most of the clubs here play different music depending on the day of the week, but you can normally find something for everyone at Suva, Opal Lounge or Lulu’s. You can also find a host of cocktail bars around this area where you can start your evening in style.

For Latin music…

South American-style bars in Edinburgh include El Barrio and Garibaldi’s in New Town and Boteco Do Brasil where we spend some evenings as part of our social programme. Here, you can also learn some salsa and try out your moves at the bar’s club nights!

For everything else…

The best way to explore Edinburgh’s nightlife is to go out and enjoy it! Local people will be happy to recommend places to go and you can check out The Edinburgh Guide for more ideas: http://www.edinburghguide.com/venues/nightclubs