Discover seven nights of fun in Edinburgh's city centre from drag performances to open mic nights and live music
Edinburgh's Brewhemia: a beacon of good times, class scran and quality entertainment that lies just a few steps away from Waverley Station. Brewhemia is Edinburgh's largest restaurant and bar with five separate areas spread across two floors. With all that space, it's no wonder then that the team host curated entertainment every single night of the week. From spoken word on a Tuesday night to serious shindigs at the weekend, you'd be mad to think that 'nothing ever happens here'. To help you navigate Brewhemia's seven-day programme, we've discovered what you can do at Brewhemia at any given day of the week and heard from some of the performers who make it happen.
Mondays – Plectrums & Pickerings
Brewhemia has teamed up with Venus as a Boy and Pickering's Gin for an intimate evening of local, live music in the Gin & Prosecco Bar every Monday night. Cosy up on the sofa with a G&T after getting through a hard Monday and watch artists strut their stuff from 9.30pm. They keep an open stage format so if you're feeling brave you can register to play from 7pm. Everyone who performs gets a free G&T from Pickering's, so there's even more incentive to do so.
Tuesday – Loud Poets
On Tuesday, the week gets into full swing with performances from the Loud Poets team. This crew don't perform your average rhymes, as they blend spoken word and live music to create dynamic poetry performances that are right at home in a lively venue. Both newcomers and seasoned poets perform their individual style, with one special guest performer always guaranteed.
Kevin McLean of Loud Poets says, 'We were delighted to be asked to become part of the Brewhemia team and to bring our unique brand of performance focused, audience-friendly poetry to such a beautiful venue. The incredible staff and generous audiences have given us the opportunity to introduce a, sometimes neglected art form, to new people while providing an excellent platform to new artists to experiment and entertain.'
Wednesday – Brewhemia Jams
For hump day, you can beat the slump by coming down and listening to some jams from Brewhemia's house band. The band is made up of seasoned musicians Cameron Bradley, Toni McVey, David Burns, Becky Cole and Pete Wall. All five of them bring expertise and individuality to each of their performances. If you're not content to just sit back and enjoy, you can get involved in the action. All you need to do is bring along your instrument and sign up.
Thursday – Funkytown Thursdays
You're nearly at the weekend now and as Thursday is officially the new Friday, there's no excuse not to get yourself out. Funkytown Thursdays brings you the Brewhemian Haus Funk Band from 8.30pm. The band perform a mix of soul, jazz, rhythm and blues tunes that punters can both dance to or appreciate from the comfort of a seat.
Fridays & Saturdays – Shindigs
At Brewhemia they take weekends very seriously and host a programme of specially curated themed events such as Wild Wild West (Friday 29 Mar), Around the World in 80 Slays (Saturday 23 Mar) and Brewhemia's SideShow (Saturday 30 Mar). Book a table for a bite to eat and a few drinks and you'll find yourself staying until the wee hours.
Jamie/Blaize, drag entertainer and performer says, 'Here at Brewhemia, we love to mix the weird with the wonderful! My role specifically comes with a lot of hair, glitter and eyelashes as I bring the DRAG to the night. Presenting drag to an Edinburgh venue which isn't within the streets of the "gay scene" is a very special opportunity for me to showcase an important part of my culture as a gay man to a crowd of men, women and everything in-between who may have never been exposed to it before. Whether I'm stealing your drink, strutting alongside your table or even licking your husband or father's bald head on his birthday, you're sure to have a unique experience when you step into our unknown.'
Fellow performer Emma Harley adds, 'We are pretty unique in Scotland, it's a little bit like working in a Disneyland for adults. It gives everyone, including all of us, a chance to play and use our imaginations and step into a little bit of a different reality for a while. What I do ranges from interacting with customers in character to performing songs, lip syncs and dance routines in the immersive structure that we work with. There are usually two new themes every weekend, which have their own custom performances and are choreographed, devised and rehearsed beforehand in a very quick turnaround, not to mention in-depth costume and makeup planning, and music and video editing by the talented creative team behind the scenes.'
Sunday – Soulful Sundays
With such a full week of fun, Sundays are the time to sit back and chill out. Each week there's an all-day programme of choirs and soul and blues musicians to make sure you're relaxed and ready for the week ahead.
According to Andrew Cox, from Back Chat Brass, 'Brewhemia is one of our favourite places to play. Going there is like entering into another little world. The effort these guys go to with their entertainment really is second to none with great dancers, singers and actors. As a fully mobile band, we are able to get down from the stage and really get immersed in the action, climbing on tables and walking around the room. It's amazing to see a place that is so focused on providing not just good food and drink, but an incredible experience for its clientele. We love it there!'
For more information on Brewhemia's entertainment offerings, head to their what's on guide.