Best Things To Do In Edinburgh At Night


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From mind-bending illusions to heart-racing comedy, Edinburgh’s nighttime options are endless. Whether you want a classy night of theatre and music or a weekend of gay dance and drinks – here are some of the best things to do in Edinburgh at night!

Wandering around Edinburgh’s Old Town and Royal Mile at night is magical. Grassmarket in particular comes alive with pubs and bars popular with locals, students and tourists alike.

Club Nights

Are you looking for great club nights in Edinburgh? The city is packed with buzzing clubs, pubs, and restaurants catering to everyone.

Edinburgh’s clubs are specifically loved by students and young people as they offer promotional discounts on weeknights for young people who want to enjoy a night out on a budget. With universities surrounding the city, it is the best place to make the most of a University experience.


While the Edinburgh Fringe is unmissable in August, the city offers top-notch theatre and comedy year-round. From renowned household names to exciting upstarts, there are plenty of shows to choose from in top-class venues throughout the city centre.

The Grassmarket comes to life after dark with pubs that cater to locals and tourists alike. Sample craft beer and spirits at a few different bars or join the crowd for live music at Stramash.

If you’re in the mood for something completely different, try out a night at Edinburgh Zoo where visitors are invited to spend their evenings strolling between penguins, tigers, and flamingos after the gates normally close. This is one of our favourite unique things to do in Edinburgh at night.

Ghost Tours

Edinburgh is known for its dark side and you can get a true taste of this on ghost tours. These eerie experiences are not for the faint of heart, but they offer some great thrills and spine tingles all year round.

Take a tour on an old double-decker bus with a guide who’ll tell you spooky tales as you look out over historic sites like Greyfriars Kirkyard, the Royal Mile and Grassmarket. Or head to Real Mary King’s Close and enter through its spooky tunnels and vaults where a guide dressed in costume plays a one-time resident of the Close.

Spa Night

Edinburgh is also home to some of the most beautiful architectural hotels, offering relaxing and luxurious spa days/overnight stays. Spa nights are the perfect gift for couples, friends, Mother’s Day and more.

You can shop, eat, and visit tourist attractions during the day and then relax with a spa night when you get back to your hotel. You can choose from a range of packages depending on what you are looking for in your experience.

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