Welcome to Edinburgh Nightlife Gay Scene


Basement

 Budget
Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Broughton Street's original style bar still feels much the same as it did back when it opened in 1994, albeit with the odd decorative improvement. Incorporating a dimly lit,...

10a-12a Broughton Street

Black Bo's

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

This relaxed and bohemian little howf (meeting place) has been around for more than 20 years now, but with no style bar flourishes in sight. The pub itself is a winning little...

57-61 Blackfriars Street

Blue Moon Café

 Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

Right at the heart of Edinburgh's gay scene, the welcoming, laid-back Blue Moon Café offers good food and drink. The staff are cute and sassy: ask here if you have any...

1 Barony Street

Booty

Clubs

Around in the city since 2003, when it started life as Bootylushous, Booty grooves on with funk, disco, soul and R&B for an open-minded audience. Cheap drink deals are an added...

GHQ, 4 Picardy Place
Free

Café Habana

Bars & pubs

The distinguishing feature of this favourite is the balcony that overlooks the hubbub of the colourful, energetic and sociable bar. Look down on proceedings, and it's likely...

22 Greenside Place

Café Nom De Plume

 Budget
Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Housed in the LGBT Centre on Broughton Street, this café welcomes all-comers. You can come here for a sit-down meal, but it's also good for a quick beer or a coffee. Other...

60 Broughton Street

CC Blooms

Bars & pubsClubs

Ah, CC's, where great romances start and end, often in the same evening. There are nights when this full-time gay nightclub has more cheese than IJ Mellis, but its cheeky charm...

23-24 Greenside Place
Free

Deep Blue

Bars & pubs

Brought to you by the folks behind the neighbouring Blue Moon Café, Deep Blue is one of the mellower venues on the Edinburgh gay scene. It's a good spot in which to start the...

1 Barony Street

Elbow

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Summer 2009 saw the former Claremont Bar transformed into a brighter and breezier café-bar featuring quirky art, bare brick, banquettes and a more feminine touch. It's less...

133-135 East Claremont Street

Fever

Clubs

The guys behind Taste decamp to Faith once a month to spin quality dance music to a similarly mixed/gay audience. The pre-club party is held at the Street (2 Picardy Place).

Faith, 207 Cowgate

Frenchies

Bars & pubs

Although it was renovated in 2009 and is now under new management, Frenchies is the oldest gay hangout in Edinburgh. Despite its central location, the bar is quite difficult to...

89 Rose Street North Lane

Fur Burger

 Critics' choice
Clubs

This delightfully named ladies' night aims to offer 'rhythmic pulses from the grrls your mother warned you about'. There's a pre-club party at gay-friendly bar Planet (6...

GHQ, 4 Picardy Place

GHQ

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsClubs

One of the sleeker venues on the Edinburgh gay scene, GHQ hosts a number of the circuit's favourite gay club nights. There are DJs most nights.

4 Picardy Place

GRV

Clubs

Duck down a smelly alley off the Cowgate, look left to see where the Cowgate fire of 2002 claimed one of its biggest scalps in the shape of defunct club La Belle Angele, then...

7 Guthrie Street
Free

Priscilla's Cabaret Bar

Bars & pubsCabaret & circus

Only a short walk from the Pink Triangle, Priscilla's is all about fun. The programme of events includes quizzes and karaoke nights, but the highlights are the outlandish drag...

17 Albert Place

Q Store

Shops

Just off Broughton Street, this queer shop is pleasingly clean and airy. Head here to buy mucky DVDs and magazines, as well as skimpy underwear and a full range of sex...

5 Barony Street

Regent

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Proud of its credentials as a real ale pub, this boozer eschews the jukebox in favour of encouraging conversation. The atmosphere is in keeping with the pub's traditional...

2 Montrose Terrace

Street

Bars & pubsClubs

Located on the corner of Broughton Street, this longtime favourite is co-run by Trendy Wendy, the scene's most famous face. The regular DJs at weekends are supplemented by...

2 Picardy Place

Taste

 Critics' choice
Clubs

Taste is gay-friendly rather than exclusively gay, which makes for a better night out. Whether you like your house music deep, American or just plain ready-salted, resident DJs...

GRV, 7 Guthrie Street
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