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5 Alternative Nights Out in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of entertainment during our festivals, with entertainments all day and night ranging from the traditional to the down right bizarre. But outwith the busiest times of the year the city doesn’t just go quiet. With loads going on all year round Edinburgh Editor brings you five options for alternative nights out in Edinburgh that don’t just involve going for dinner and seeing a film at a giant multiplex cinema.

1. Filmhouse

With a combination of the latest big releases, arthouse releases and classic or cult films the Filmhouse has something for everyone. Home to the Edinburgh International Film Festival, they don’t just have interesting programmes for the festival in June, with a packed calendar there’s always something interesting on (and the cafe-bar is pretty amazing as well, just saying).

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2. 48 Below

Why should comedy just be for August? We all love the Fringe whilst it is here, but we often don’t see any comedy the rest of the year. If you fancy seeing some stand up on a Friday night then try 48 Below on Broughton Street. [Disclosure: we were invited along to 48 Below a few weeks ago] The acts are not names you’ll know – and one of the five acts we saw was just a car crash of awkward – but we laughed a lot throughout the evening and there’s a lot of potential in this place. At £5 it’s not expensive, and you’re going to have a great evening.

3. The Lyceum

Over the years I’ve been to the Lyceum a number of times, and every time it’s be a great experience. Home to Edinburgh’s largest selection of plays, the Lyceum has a number of plays each season meaning that throughout the year there are a hugely diverse range of performances offering something for everyone. As theatres go, it’s also not particularly expensive and you can get tickets midweek for around £15-£30 (and upwards, depending on performance).

Full details of upcoming performances are here

4. BrewDog Tasting

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Do you like beer? This is for you. BrewDog has become somewhat of an icon of the British craft beer scene, and their Edinburgh bar does a great introductory session to their story and beers. With a variety of tasters, cheeses and charcuterie it’s a great session, led by one of the bar staff who know a ridiculous amount about each of the beers and the brand. Likely as not, you’ll want to stay and try a few of the other beers whilst you’re there!

5. Lates at the Museum

The National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street is one of my favourite attractions in Edinburgh, so when they started doing evening events, Museum Lates, after their revamp a couple of years ago they were definitely appealing. They’re not on particularly often and the tickets often sell out quickly, but details of upcoming events can be found on the NMS website. Upcoming evening events will be on during the science festival in April and likely during the Fringe in August.

Those are just five of the different evening attractions you can visit in the city. Do you have a favourite you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter.

An Edinburgh native who loves discovering the new places and rediscovering old favourites, then taking photos and writing about it.


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