Nightlife in Edinburgh


Known as the city of rich literary history and ancient overalls, Edinburgh is surprisingly rocking the creation of lively nightlife.

With a large number of pubs and nightclubs that offer a variety of cocktails, this city caters to visitors night and day.

From the traditional pubs to the modern ones in New Town, you can find places fitting for any mood or occasion.

The highlights of Edinburgh’s nightlife are live performances like classical shows, stand-up comedy or local bands in pubs.

Unlike other cities, the specialty here is the availability of nightly horror tours which are available in abundance.

Here are our top picks to give you a splendid Edinburgh nightlife experience:

Pubs and nightclubs

Edinburgh’s nightclubs and pubs are stocked in abundance with delicious scotch and a genius combination of cocktails.

Here, the pubs offer more than just drinks and food, be prepared to drown in ecstasy with live evening performances.

Most of these pubs have their own special appeals like themes, private rooms or historic attractions.


Frankenstein ranks among the oldest bars in the city built in a 19th-century church.

Stumble across the pub which hosts daily live monster shows with the interior having a spooky touch of lights, music sound effects and Frankenstein’s commentary.

Aside from the major attraction, the pub is a great spot for food, classic cocktails and partying the night away.

Get swept up with live DJs hitting party nerves till late and Edinburgh’s biggest karaoke night on Sundays from 8 pm to early morning.

Merge with the culture by sharing Oktoberfest themes with long wooden tables and premium beer with a large group of interesting people.

Opening hours:

Daily: 12 pm to 1 am

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters

No talk on Edinburgh’s nightclubs can be complete without The Three Sisters located in the heart of the Old Town

This Irish pub will entertain you with food festivals, comedy shows or even sporting events on a large projector screen all year round.

Expect a fresh atmosphere paired with complimentary mood lighting and special booths with separate TV areas and a stock of your favorite drinks.

The courtyard is decorated with artificial grass, wooden benches and floral displays where you can catch up on your favorite sports events through the extra-large projector.

This place is the best setting for a relaxing time accompanied by delicious food, drinks and a source of entertainment.

Opening hours:

Daily: 12 am to 1 pm

Ensign Ewart

Ensign Ewart

Ensign Ewart is one of the oldest traditional bars located close to Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile built in 1680, known for its Scottish whiskey.

Named after Ensign Charles Ewart, a Scottish soldier of the Royal North British Dragoons, this pub is all about British cuisines like potato soup and egg sandwiches.

You will be coming back to Ensign Edward to order some scotch, tonic, tea and coffee, all worth the time and money.

The pub offers live music in the evening with courteous staff and amazing service that reviewers are often impressed with.

Opening hours:

Sunday to Thursday: 12 pm to 11pm

Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Discover the nightlife of Edinburgh with this pub crawl to 7 amazing bars and clubs in the Old Town.

There are tours available with a party guide to help you avoid the hassle of finding the best places to drink.

Get 6 free shots that are carefully selected for you as you party without worrying about paying a cover charge.

Wander through the back streets of Edinburgh and discover the hidden places that could prove to be pure treasures.

Opening hours: 

Daily: 8 pm to 1 am

Ghost tours

Edinburgh’s nightlife is incomplete without going on the legendary horror tours which are locals’ favorite who love to spook them up with ghost tales.

There are ghost tours available in plentitude which involve a visit to the dungeons, underground vaults, graveyards and torture exhibitions.

Once you are too scared to go home, stop by scotch whiskey and wash it all away with delicious alcohol and relax.

Want the authentic taste of Edinburgh?
Book your Edinburgh whiskey tour which takes you through a 3,500-bottle collection, allowing you to compare four types of single-malt whisky.

Edinburgh extreme paranormal Underground ghost tour

If you believe you are among the brave ones, join this adult-only ghost-hunting tour and take a test of your bravery.

Accompanied by Halloween-costumed guide, tour around haunted graveyards and underground vaults with dark history and stories.

Bet you will find yourself screaming in terror as you glide through these eerie passages and old wynds which are known for active paranormality. 

Experience your skin crawling under the ghostly pavement and uncover the truth behind the local tales of torture, hangings, murders, witches and cannibals.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 64 years): £20
Senior ticket (65 to 99 years): £19
Student ticket (16 to 99 years with ID): £19
Children below the age of 15 years are not permitted.

Edinburgh late night haunted Underground Vaults tour

The city owns many underground vaults so your true ghost-hunting spirit may be in need of more than just one tour.

Hear the bloody tales of treason, torture, horrific deaths and tormented souls connecting the unpleasant past of the city.

This tour is not for the faint-hearted, under 18 or for the daylight. To truly indulge in your quest of meeting with the other side, midnight is the sacred time.

Within the company of your guide, learn about the sinister consequences and terrible misdeeds of the Old Town.

Dive into this 60-minute tour heading to the Blair Street underground vaults with Mercat guide and delve into the murder and hangings of the vaults.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (18 to 64 years): £20
Senior ticket (65 to 99 years): £18
Student ticket (18 to 99 years with ID): £18
Children below the age of 17 years are not permitted.

Edinburgh fright night Underground ghost tour

Edinburgh fright night Underground ghost tour

Discover the dark side of Edinburgh with energetic guides who are passionate about ghost hunting and the shared darkness in the history of the city.

Wind through Royal Mile with this Edinburgh ghost tour and be entertained by the hidden wynds, engaging storytelling by guides dressed in period costumes.

Visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, the most haunted graveyard in the world and explore the Edinburgh vaults beneath the streets.

Trail along the series of chambers of 1788 used as house taverns and storage space for illicit content like bodies of serial killers Burke and Hare victims.

Time travel to 400 years in the past and experience the horror of torture, murder, hangings and witchcraft.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 64 years): £18
Senior ticket (65 to 99 years): £17
Student ticket (16 to 99 years with ID): £17
Child ticket (5 to 15 years): £12
Children below the age of 4 years are not permitted.

The Dark Side Walking Tour

Ghost tours in Edinburgh are famous for infamous characters like the serial killers Burke and Hare and their gruesome murder methods that will haunt even Jack the Ripper.

Hear tales of mysterious murders, body snatching, grave robbing and witch burning in this ghost-themed walking tour.

With your local guide, visit the plundered tombs, funeral pyres and mass graves that are thousand years old on Royal Mile.

Also see the popular burial sites like the Canongate Kirkyard and end your tour with a quick visit at the Whitefoord House mansion.

Introduce yourself to spine-chilling tales on real-life cannibals and vampires which are the true events recreated before your eyes.

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (14 to 99 years): £20
Student ticket (16 to 99 years with ID): £18
Child ticket (5 to 13 years): £18
Children below the age of 4 years are not permitted.

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