Edinburgh Where-to Checklist

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Edinburgh Where-to Checklist

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Where to …

… take a walk
Set off for Cramond Island from the picturesque Cramond Village and walk through the woods along the riverside, or brave the mile-or-so trip out to the island when the tide’s out. Disused WW2 lookouts over the Forth are very atmospheric. (Niki Boyle)

The Botanic Gardens, because joggers are banned. Begone smug Lycra. (Rosalie Doubal)

… have a drink
The Roseleaf (23-24 Sandport Place, Leith) is now open until 1am seven days a week, meaning there’s yet another reason (alongside the vintage typewriters used as decorations, decent food and cocktails served in teapots) why it’s an Edinburgh favourite. (Jonny Ensall)

The upper floor of the old-man-pub Arcade Bar (48 Cockburn St) is a well-kept secret, accessible only from a shady side-alley. Within, you’ll find around 80 reasonably priced varieties of vodka, with knowledgeable bar staff to guide you to the best mixer combination. Just watch out for the 95% stuff. Nasty. (NB)

… get food on a night out
Palmyra (22 Nicolson Street) has been known to give out the occasional free pizza at 2am and often extra chicken in exchange for a dance or song, if you’re in a tuneful mood. (RD)

It’s not every European capital that boasts a late-night chippy, with resident live DJs, and deep-fried Mars bars and pizzas to go. (Cafe Piccante, 19 Broughton Street). Paris and Berlin are apparently very jealous.

… spend a sunny afternoon
The Meadows is perfect in Summer, with its ever-present drumming hippies, mass frisbee games, illegal barbecues, and not a spare inch of grass when the sun’s out. (LE)

Portobello Beach for a casual stroll past vicious rugby-playing children, followed by nachos at Espy. Or try Seton Sands (end of the line for the 26 bus) for a less crowded beach alternative. (JE)

… see a gig
The Roxy Art House (2 Roxburgh Place) is great, but so tiny downstairs. Plus point: the band gets to stand on a rug. (RD)

Electric Circus (36-39 Market Street) a very decent live and local programme, with the added possibility of a hen night wandering past on their way to a karaoke booth. (David Pollock)

…watch a film
The Dominion (18 Newbattle Terrace) has reclining chairs and complimentary Pringles. Beat that. (Alice Sinclair)

At Brass Monkey (Drummond Street) you can watch a DVD on a large bed with loads of strangers, while struggling to balance your beer in the holes in the funny little tables. As fun as it sounds. (LE)

… go dancing
At Sneaky Pete’s (73 Cowgate), nearly every night is free or super-cheap. The ultimate sweatbox , with a suitably weirdo soundtrack, live bands can’t help but spill off the stage into the crowd. (Henry Northmore)

Cabaret Voltaire (36 Blair Street) is still Edinburgh’s premiere club spot. As at home with underground club nights as big name superstar DJs. (HN)

...have a slap-up meal
DUMMY COPY The Meadows is perfect in Summer, with its ever-present drumming hippies, mass frisbee games, illegal barbecues, and not a spare inch of grass when the sun’s out. (LE)

DUMMY COPY Portobello Beach for a casual stroll past vicious rugby-playing children, followed by nachos at Espy. Or try Seton Sands (end of the line for the 26 bus) for a less crowded beach alternative. (JE)

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