See you in the pub


If you’re on a budget, and most likely you are, then there are ways to save or even make money on a night out as Edinburgh pubs will let you gamble, quiz and sing your way to fame and riches - or at least a couple of shandies.

Combining free entertainment with a spot of communal drinking is a winning combination latched onto by various Edinburgh bars and pubs that peddle unique nights of punter participation to keep the drinks flowing. The Golf Tavern’s Tuesday poker night is a gambling opportunity for those with a competitive edge who are looking to cover the cost of their rounds. Another money spinner could be Frankenstein’s legendary Monster quiz, which throws in a free buffet for competitors and prizes that include beer, money and the
mysterious Monster goody bag. But sometimes nothing says ‘top night out’ quite like a drink and an after hours sing-song with your mates, which is why the Bank Hotel’s karaoke night is a firm favourite. You can holler as loud as you want without being thrown out for disorderly behaviour.

If you feel that your talents might be wasted on mere karaoke then you can wander down to Bannerman’s on Cowgate for their Sunday open mic night, where worthy amateur performers will be given the chance to shine on the Bannerman’s live stage.

Golf Tavern poker night

every Tue, 10pm, 30-31 Wrights Houses (D6), 0131 221 5221,, free entry.

Frankenstein’s monster pub quiz

every Tue, 10pm, 26 George IV Bridge (E5), 0131 622 1818,, free entry.

The Bank Hotel karaoke

every second Tue, 9.30pm, 1-3 South Bridge (F4), 0131 556 9940, free entry.

Bannerman’s open mic

every Sun, 4pm-8pm, 212 Cowgate (F4), 0131 556 3254,, free entry.

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