Where is the best nightlife in Edinburgh?

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Joseph Reaney

Edinburgh has a varied selection of nightlife options. Aside from its extensive range of historic “real ale pubs,” including Maggie Dickson’s and The World’s End, it also boasts a number of cool cocktail bars, hip cabaret venues, top-drawer jazz clubs and bustling gay bars. However, the undoubted highlights of Edinburgh’s after-dark scene are the music venues and nightclubs.
 
The city is famous for its eclectic live music scene, and the best venues vary from The Queen’s Hall (hosting classical, jazz and folk concerts) to the pop and soul staple HMV Picture House and underground hard rock and indie haven Bannerman’s. However, Edinburgh is also famous for its huge, sweaty nightclubs, which play host to some of world’s top DJs every night. Some of our favorites are The Liquid Room, The Cabaret Voltaire and The Bongo Club.

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