Cowgate, Edinburgh

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  • Me 'n' mates at Opium many years ago!
    Me 'n' mates at Opium many years ago!
    by Pixiekatten
  • Sweaty
    Sweaty
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  • England vs Portugal with a bunch of stags & hens
    England vs Portugal with a bunch of...
    by clivedinburgh
  • Cowgate, Opium: Opium rocks!

    by thebutcher Written May 10, 2010

    This is the club for you if you are after some rock! Downstairs is a jukebox (the Pixies! Metallica! Awesome!) and upstairs they have a DJ. We ended up there on Monday though, which is when they have rock karaoke- good for a laugh, especially cause their drinks are so frickin cheap!

    Dress Code: Black.

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    Revolution: Goes down well

    by clivedinburgh Updated Dec 28, 2007

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    Change of name but the door is still the same

    This is an ultra stylish bar and restuarant that had an indoor waterfall in the entrance foyer. Under it's old name of Beluga, the thing to do was head downstairs into the spacious bar and lounge about whilst having some great food, drink and views.

    Had a great night in here with the SA & Scottish rugby teams, can't believe I had Percy & Jaco ripping into us about the GB rugby leage team (were getting thrashed by convicts yet again).

    Dress Code: Dress to impress

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    Cowgate: GREYFRIAR'S BOBBY BAR

    by Pixiekatten Written Dec 10, 2006

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    This is a very pleasant wee bar - when its not tourist season!!! June - August it is that packed that the best thing is to turn in the door and go somewhere else. So it got the name of the famous dog but that's no reason to be crushed to death!

    When not as crowded GB Bar is terrific. It's the traditional scottish pub with dark wooden interiors and good ale on tap. Music in here is always surprisingly "rocky" which suits me well! But volume is kept low which makes this a great pub for a good chat with your mates!

    So the story goes...
    The heart-warming story of Greyfriars Bobby is probably one of Edinburgh's best-known local tales. One of the things that makes it so appealing to tourists and locals alike is that it is true.
    Bobby was a small Skye Terrier who belonged to one John Gray, an out of work gardener. Unable to make a living in his chosen trade, Gray became a policeman. He bought Bobby to accompany him on his rounds as a watch dog - hence the dog's name.

    Gray came down with tuberculosis and eventually died of the illness in 1858. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard.
    The faithful Bobby was so loyal to its master that he stayed constantly by the grave, refusing to budge in any weather. Some stories say that the only time he left was to get food when the one o'clock gun fired. Then he would go to a local coffee house that Gray had frequented and they would feed him.

    So popular was Bobby with the people of Edinburgh that when a new law was passed requiring all dogs to be licenced and collared, the Lord Provost Sir William Chambers paid for Bobby's licence himself.
    Bobby kept up his faithful watch until his own death fourteen years later.

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    Opium: Rocker's delight!

    by Pixiekatten Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Me 'n' mates at Opium many years ago!

    2 floors of pure rock n roll. Cheap drinks. Great crowd. But mainreason for going there: the ace jukebox. Spanning from classic 70s rock to the stars of today. But only the good stuff!
    Live music every now and then.

    Open from 10pm unitl 3am. Student deals in the bar.

    BEWARE:
    Bouncers can be very NOT NICE! Macho overload. Grrr!

    Dress Code: Vristbands. Converse. Dr Martens. Black from top til toe. Crazy coloured hair. Band tshirts. Tons of makeup, boys and girls. Skateboard under your arm. Guitarcase on your back. Student ID!

    Nah, none of this is real of course. Just gives you an idea where you headin...

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    Cowgate: THE CAVES - Party underneath the city!

    by Pixiekatten Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    The Caves - Edinburgh.
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    This is by far the most spectacular venue in Edinburgh. And NOBODY should miss out on a clubnight in here! Because going to the Caves is not about what kind of music you're into - it's all about this magical place.

    Lit up only by giant flickering candles the atmosphere is nothing you ever experienced. To that add upbeat funkmusic pouring from the speakers and the rumours of ghosts haunting these vaults and there should be no hesitation on going here or not - YOU ARE!!!

    2 bars - one on each floor.
    Dancefloor on the groundfloor.
    Seating area on both floors - in all 5 vaults. Do you dare to enter!?

    Watch out for the boogieman! ;)

    Age: Depends on whats on. 18-30... some nights there's a younger crowd but DON'T let that stop you. The Caves is well worth a visit anyway... get a table in a secluded vault and you won't even see the youngsters ;)

    Dress Code: Casual.

    (Do remember the 100s of candles in there - watch out with scarfs, long skirts and your hair!)

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    CABARET VOLTAIRE: TASTE

    by Pixiekatten Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    Sweaty
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    Sunday madness.
    Highlight of the week. This is what we all are waiting for Mon-Sat...

    A progressive House club that started out as a gayclub but became the weeks busiest club for all.
    Under the strobe lights people have one thing only in common - dance til you drop.
    The DJ:s will make sure this is not a problem: Fisher&Price (also goes by He-Man and Skeletor) rules the main room. The smaller room belongs to Martin Valentine and his funky house tunes.

    Dress Code: Tops off guys! Or join the freakshow your way.

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    Cabaret Voltaire: Club and gig venue

    by Pixiekatten Written Sep 28, 2006

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    This is a great venue for gigs. When a club is on its always great fun but only one disadvantage. It gets hot. You get inside and within 10minutes you're dripping sweat. Its almost dripping from the ceilings and the stone cavelike walls. Good thing the barstaff is always ready to serve you a nicely priced promo drink or beer.

    Music varies. Techno. House. Electro. Drum and bass.
    Free entry some nights or before a ceratin time. Otherwise £2-10... depending on club and day
    Check local paper for information and updates.

    Recommended club: Trade Union - Every Monday

    Open 11pm - 3am

    Dress Code: None

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  • Cowgate: "3-Sisters"

    by mckillop19 Written Jul 5, 2006

    This place is a bit of a "meat market" but its a fun place for drinks and a boogie. On a nice night its great to stand outside or if you're lucky get a table. If you don't want to run into groups of people (usually English or Irish) on a stag/hen night then avoid this place.

    Dress Code: Casual - but a bit dressier on a Fri/Sat night

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  • Cowgate: The "Rush" Bar

    by mckillop19 Updated Jul 5, 2006

    Great place for cheap drinks! Its a bit of a student pub but if you can get your hands on a loyalty card you can enjoy the benefit of drinking £1.00 drinks...vodka/beer/gin etc..the cheaper drink. Also have a foostable and the bar is comfy.

    Dress Code: Anything goes!

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    The 3 Sisters: Courtyard canoodling

    by clivedinburgh Updated Jul 3, 2006

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    Calm before the storm
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    The Three Sisters is actually a hotel that just happens to have of the busiest bars in Edinburgh. There is a courtyard outside with plenty of benches, an occasional bar and even some large screen TVs. Once inside there is the main bar with another bar at the rear. A second venue is on the right hand buiding up the stairs but this is always bursting at the seams when open.

    Extremely popular with stag and hen nights so be prepared for some rowdy drinking and don't wear anything that can't handle a bit of spillage.

    Dress Code: Veil, L plates, condoms, etc

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    Cowgate: College Fun

    by aj813 Written Jun 9, 2006

    Three Sisters, a bar/club in Cowgate, is a fun place to spend a Friday of Saturday night (or a Tuesday or Wednesday, if that's your style). There are several bars offering different atmospheres and styles, decent music, plenty of college-age kids, and a nice outdoor area. Be sure to bring your student ID for discounts!

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    The Cowgate: Get Your Moove On

    by leok Updated Jan 13, 2004

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    There's a whole range of historic and not so historic pubs and bars along the Cowgate taking you under the bridges along to the Grassmarket.

    Whatever you like - from the excellent cellar bar 'Bannermans' to the 'fun-pub' atmosphere of 'Siglo' there something here to suit nearly everyone's taste. How about 'Bliss' which offers chilled out beats, or maybe 'The Three Sisters' which not only packs 3 themed bars and a hotel into one venue but also delivers an excellent (though weather dependent) beer garden out front). It also organises speed-dating weekly on a Tuesday night - though you have to book tickets in advance.

    Want more? Well the Subway, Opium and Wilkie House will satsify those wanting a cheap late night dance, while Rush, Bar Union and other venues all offer more options.

    Though the Cowgate remains a great place to start a night out the infamous December 2002 fire in the area destroyed a set of bars and venues in the heart of the street. Amongst the casualties were the legendary club Belle Angele and the Loca nightclubs. The HQ for the Gilded Balloon was also destroyed. City planners are still discussing what will replace them.

    Meanwhile the '70s theme bar - Abbar (formerly Sneak Peats) is currently being rennovated - I'll update when I know what

    So while the Cowgate is probably playing catch up with it's neighbour, the Grassmarket, it is still a good location to start or end a night on the town and remains a popular student haunt - no doubt because many of the flats lining the street belong to the university. It's definitely worth sampling and when/if you want to move on you are only minutes from more late night bars along the Royal Mile, by the uni or the Grassmarket.

    Dress Code: Relaxed - though football colours are a bad idea

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    Subway: Students favourite

    by leok Updated Jan 2, 2004

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    Cheap drinks, cheesy indie music and a sweaty dancefloor - this is a student institution. If you are looking for a snog or just a colourful late night drink this is a place to stumble into when the city's other hotspots seem to far to walk to. Best after several drinks. Open 9pm-3am nightly. Also has a sister club in the city's west end.

    Dress Code: Relaxed

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    Bar Salsa: Cheap booze offers

    by orlikins Written Feb 15, 2005

    CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK CHEAP DRINK

    ....you get the gist. ;-) No wonder we Irish love Edinburgh.

    Dress Code: Casual. Studenty.

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