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Popular Live Music Venues in Edinburgh

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Popular Live Music Venues in Edinburgh
by David Wheater of Tours of Edinburgh

You're never far away from great live music in Edinburgh. Some venues are quite literally 'underground' and hard to find, so here's a few of the best to get you started.

The Jazz Bar
1 A Chambers Street, Edinburgh

If you love quality live music - funk, fusion, soul, blues, roots and acoustic - then the award-winning Jazz Bar at 1A Chambers Street is the place to go. There are bands from all around the world, seven nights a week, playing in one of the coolest basement venues in Scotland.

Cabaret Voltaire
36-38 Blair Street, Edinburgh

Hidden away in the heart of the Old Town, in an old vault, is the 'Cab Vol' - a much-loved Edinburgh institution for those who love to dance. The subterranean club and bar has three small stages for live music and at night is the place to dance all your troubles away.

Bannerman's Bar
212 Cowgate, Edinburgh

Located in the vaulted caves of the Cowgate, Bannerman's is one of Edinburghʼs leading music venues, hosting a wide variety of music, and famous for championing local up-and-coming bands. Live music six nights a week. Superb whisky bar not to be missed!

Sneaky Peteʼs
73 Cowgate, Edinburgh

Located in the Cowgate, Sneaky Peteʼs is a tiny little ʻundergroundʼ venue renowned for its indie, electro and hip hop. Lots of up-and-coming bands here thatʼll give it all to win you over. Some people love it - some hate it - but well worth experiencing.

The Liquid Room
9C Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Located in a former church in Victoria Street and easily accessed from the top of the Royal Mile, the Liquid Room is a popular venue for touring bands and is one of Scotlandʼs leading venues for gigs and club nights. The Black Eyed Peas, Calvin Harris, Franz Ferdinand, the Kaiser Chiefs and Kasabian are just a few of the acts to have played here.

4-6 South Bridge, Edinburgh

Located on South Bridge, Whistlebinkies is a very popular live music venue open until 3 a.m. every night. Thereʼs around three to four bands playing every night and (if youʼre feeling brave) thereʼs an open mic night on Mondays. Bar offers a great selection of beer, ales and whiskies.

Henryʼs Cellar Bar
16A Morrison street, Edinburgh

Located on Morrison Street, Henryʼs attracts quite a mixed bag of musicians and hosts a diverse range of gigs - which is very much its appeal. Itʼs dark, atmospheric and ʻundergroundʼ, with a small stage (that pillar!) but the no-frills ambiance adds to the charm. Itʼs a great place for up-and-coming bands to show off their talent which is always to be welcomed. The open mic and songwriter nights are really good fun. Good bar with excellent cocktail menu. An absolute gem the locals want to keep a secret!


Sandy Bellʼs
25 Forrest Road, Edinburgh

This is a fantastic little pub located on Forrest Road, regarded as one of the best Scottish folk music venues in Edinburgh. There are traditional sessions here every night, which are sure to get your toes tapping. The bar stocks a superb selection of whiskies and draught beers and thereʼs some pub grub available too.

Captain's Bar
4 South College Street, Edinburgh

Tucked away in the Old Town, close to the Royal Mile, this is one of the best pubs in the city for traditional Scottish folk music. Sessions are nightly with special folk sessions on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It's a small, friendly and intimate bar, so expect things to be a little crammed and lively at times - but it's always worth the trip for the superb live music!

The Royal Oak
1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

If youʼre looking for a truly authentic Scottish pub, with some of the best live music in Edinburgh, then the Oak is the place to go. Thereʼs a really cosy bar and basement with live music every night of the week. Just a few minutes' walk from the Royal Mile, itʼs well worth a visit.

Cabaret Bar - Pleasance
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh
Home to the Edinburgh Folk Club - on the go for an impressive 41 years! Their gigs are every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets at the door. Highly recommended. For more information, visit

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