Edinburgh Nightlife & Festivals

Edinburgh Book Festival in Charlotte Square

Edinburgh Book Festival in Charlotte Square

Edinburgh’s nightlife scene is unique, rich in the arts with a huge choice of independent cinemas, internationally acclaimed theatres and best live music experiences available including Jazz and Salsa river cruises out into the Firth of Forth from South Queensbury! Edinburgh’s year round festivals, particularly the big August festival season, is a nightlife entertainment feast of best theatre, dance, fireworks, comedy, ghost tours and live music – in August Edinburgh is a city that doesn’t sleep!

June’s Edinburgh International Film Festival is one of the highlights on the UK film festival calendar – the city has a string of cinemas including the home of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and UK showcaser for independent cinema – the Edinburgh Filmhouse. August’s festival programme in Edinburgh is a world best featuring the International Festival and Fringe, the Book, Art and Mela Festivals and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Looking for the world’s best New Year Party? It’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay of course, featuring a dazzling fireworks display around Edinburgh Castle.

Enjoy best Theatre breaks in Edinburgh – a city offering one of the best selection of theatres outside of London from the Lyceum and Festival Theatre to new writing theatre The Traverse, described by The Observer as ‘One of the most important theatres in Britain’! Musicals, opera, dance, comedy and cutting edge drama – it’s all here across Edinburgh’s fantastic choice of theatres and arts venues.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Whether you’re a lover of ‘speakeasy’ style cafe bars serving up a great range of cocktails accompanied by live music or your preference is a traditional inn with a comprehensive range of Scotch malt whiskies – Edinburgh bars and inns cater for all tastes. Boosted by its vibrant student population, the city offers a wide choice of intimate club venues, comedy clubs, great jazz venues and larger Stag & Hen club favourites.

The city also features a great long-standing gay scene around the Pink Triangle just north of the centre, with a choice of gay bars and chic clubs to be found around Rose Street, East Claremont, Leith Walk and Baxter’s Place. All tastes catered for and all warmly welcomed in this European city of culture with an arts and live music rich nightlife – don’t miss an early evening Edinburgh ghost tour – a great way to start your night out in Edinburgh! Book online now with iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.