Old Town Bars
The pride and place for the capital’s nightlife, you can’t do a classic Scottish night out without a trip to the Old Town! From authentic taverns to cosy pubs, flashy bars and cheeky little nightclubs – Old Town literally has it all for you girls. Because the area is so large, we’ve given you a run down of the key streets and venues to try while you’re on the hen weekend.
Kicking things off is Victoria Street. This street heads into West Bow Street and creates a beautiful ring of nightlife fun for everyone to sink their teeth into. If your bride to be is a lover of live music and relaxed vibes, the Liquid Room is a world renowned space for famous artists to strip things back and perform for a small audience. On top of the music, this nightclub offers bars and dance clubs that you can enjoy for a boogie.
If live music isn’t really on the agenda – no worries! If you head a little further down Vicky Street you’ll find Espionage nightclub. This massive club is your one stop venue for basically everything nightlife. Themed rooms, multiple bars and dance floors will lead you right into the early hours, ready for a greasy pizza for the way home.
A hub for all life after dark, the Grassmarket is another fab place to explore while you’re in The Old Town. On one end of this area you’ll find the one and only Bar Salsa, a small bar that packs a punch with it’s creative cocktails and crafty shots. On the other side (and well worth the wobbly 5 minute walk in heels), head into 52 Canoes Tiki Den for Caribbean-themed décor and sharing cocktails that will blow your socks off!
Last but by no means the least, we suggest you have a wander through Cowgate to see what’s on offer here too. Basically a long road packed to the brim with bars and eateries, Cowgate is actually a great place to begin the hen night with a bit of food and drinks to follow. Just off the main street and down Robertson’s Close you’ll find Pilgrim Bar, a quirky industrial style venue that serves kickass cocktails.
Cowgate is home to probably one of the most lively venues in Edinburgh, The Three Sisters. This bar gains rave reviews and is a big part of the attraction the area, with a mass of space for plenty of friendly faces to enjoy a night of cheap drinks, Scottish architecture and even an outdoor courtyard – perfect for cocktails outdoors when the weathers nice!
George Street Nightlife
If you’re looking for THE classic hen night out full of fruity cocktails, messy stumbles, way too many pictures and Instagrammable bars – George Street is the one for you ladies! There’s a ton of venues worth considering up and down this particular street, but there is, as always, a few gems worth mentioning to you before you travel.
One of these is the stunning Copper Blossom bar. Think bright and light, flower filled and chilled vibes and you’ll have this bar down to a T. Get comfortable on the floral seating areas and order as many delicious cocktails as you can handle from the impressive menu they have there. And when you’re done? Hop across the road for more experimental drinks at Tonic bar. Clean and urban, this bar is the opposite feel to Copper Blossom but has one theme in common – great drinks.
After you’re all fuelled up and ready to have a boogie, there’s only one place to show off your best dance moves around George Street. The epic Why Not Nightclub is practically built for hen parties, with tons of space and different bars, mysterious lighting and even a beer garden to rest your feet, who could say no?
For a slightly younger feel, Potterrow is the student district of the city which means quirky bars and cheap drinks surrounding the area. Because it’s near the university, you can expect younger crowds, lively weekends and a good atmosphere wherever you’re going around Potterrow.
Chart music and the latest dance moves fill the area, and some key bars that are worth dropping into on your hen night is Paradise Palms. We can almost guarantee you won’t find stranger décor anywhere else, but Paradise Palms has a certain charm that can’t be ignored! Strictly veggie with a cute little record store attached, you have to try this place.
Conveniently situated next door you’ll find Boteco Do Brasil, a bit of Mexican culture in a sea of Scottish tropes that’s a nice breath of fresh air – plus the food is spicy and great! You can expect anything from this bar/restaurant, including themed nights and hired performers just to name a few.