CC Blooms

CC Blooms
23–24 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
  • Telephone 0131 556 9331
  • Seasonal times Festival and festive season: open till 5am
  • Bar open Bar: Mon–Sun 11–3am. Club: Fri/Sat 11pm–3am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7.30pm.
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £9 for two courses; £11 for three courses
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CC Blooms

Definitive, well-loved Edinburgh gay nightclub with a comfortable non-exclusive café-bar upstairs.

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The city’s definitive and best-loved gay nightclub for many years, these days CC Blooms concentrates its late-night clubbing operation to Lab, the basement dancefloor space. That means the light-filled, high-ceilinged ground floor level can be put to another use. Open all day and evening, it pitches itself as a non-exclusive café, a relaxed and spacious place to grab a bar meal, and a drinking bar for later in the evening. The menu is varied and filled with favourites, including burgers served in a brioche bun with a large gherkin, potato wedges or curly fries. There are also sharing plates, all-day breakfasts, salads and pub classics plus menus for children and pre-theatre diners too (after all, the Playhouse is only a couple of doors away). The cocktails and coffees are pretty good too.

  • High point: Something for everyone, all day long
  • Low point: Later weekend dining may be a bit lively for some
  • Notable dish: steak, mushroom and Irish stout pie
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Drag shows Church of High Kicks (Sun) and Rabbit Hole (Tue).
  • Capacity: 50 (40 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 15
  • Open since: 1994 approx (2010 under current owner)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

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Cabinet: A Victorian Séance

Traditional Victorian seance hosted by magician Paul Temple.

Fri 27 Oct

Collection on the way out / 0131 556 9331

  • 19:10 – 20:10

Tue 31 Oct

Collection on the way out / 0131 556 9331

  • 19:10 – 20:10

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CC Blooms celebrates re-opening with Church of High Kicks

18 Jul 2012

Legendary Edinburgh gay club re-launches with day-time cafe/bar

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15. Guy Ramsay6 May 2016, 4:21am5 stars CC Blooms Report

I was in CC Blooms tonight and was quite touched by how nice the bouncer was. A formidable looking guy with a beard. He was chatting to an American couple all about Edinburgh and he even offered them a name at the Castle who could get them a reduced admission rate. The tal blonde female bouner was also really friendly. Such a change from the knuckle draggers you normally see working in clubs. The bar wasn't too busy tonight and the barmen were so friendly especially " Dan" who I think is new bless him. CC'S gets a bit of a bum rap from some people. I'm never sure why as I've always found the place a right wee hidden gem. The refurb has worked wonders for the place. Whoever runs it has really good taste. Well done.

14. Lil lez lol25 Mar 2016, 3:10am1 star CC Blooms Report

First time out drinking in cc's had literally two shots in the planet a few doors down then went on to come to this establishment with my friend me being me I was a bit excited and was accused of being wasted and was refused entry. Told the bouncer to gtf. Only getting 1 star coz I've no been in it. Apparently it's alright for the gay agenda. Will try and get in with my gf soon see wat happens. So word of advice. Don't act pissed or excited when u get to the doors lol

13. Adam Thomson12 Jan 2015, 8:19pm Report

avoid this place.

12. hivolt214 Jun 2013, 9:55pm1 star CC Blooms Report

Unfriendly place, staff very mean. They refuse entry if they don't like you. Apparently, they prefer young, stylish guys.
No wonder that Edinburgh is such a boring place. Pseudo gay bars like CC bloom contribute a great part.

11. Callum Thomson25 Aug 2012, 1:39pm Report

The bouncers have gotten out of control in my opinion. They deny entry to folk or forcibly remove them .... with little or no explanation. They're extremely rude and aggressive. Yeah the upstairs looks great after the refurb, but CCs is changing, take heed. It's more in line with the George Street clubs now, and is attracting the same crowd. Fine if that's what you fancy. Certainly doesn't have the charm it used to have, and it doesn't feel like a gay venue these days. You have been warned.

10. belle2 May 2012, 12:54pm5 stars CC Blooms Report

CC Blooms seems to have had a bad rep in the past but ive never had any trouble! i regularly visit the club and always have a good night!
The bar staff are friendly and helpful,and more than happy to give u a bit of conversation if its quiet,making u feel very welcome!
the door staff have recently changed and my god what a difference! the new company are efficient and helpful and very professional in their job. I dont envy them at all - they refuse someone for being totally wasted(doing their job!!) and then get totally slated for it! word of advice to all the moaners - if u dont want to be refused, dont turn up totally wasted!! Simples!!!!
The music is awesome! thats all i need to say! lol
Also at the moment its going through a massive refurbishment (which it defo needed) cant wait to see it when the upstairs bar opens again! glad they kept the downstairs bar open though,id be lost without CC's for so long! lol

Id say to anyone thinking of giving CC Blooms a visit - go for it! dont listen to the nasty & dated comments above, go for yourself and have a great night!

9. Cazza W6 Jun 2011, 4:18pm5 stars CC Blooms Report

Hey Elaine MSN?

8. Cazza W6 Jun 2011, 4:18pm5 stars CC Blooms Report

Hey I am Cazzaaaa. I am 6 foot 1 and bisexual so am happy to dabble either way. Look out for my lime green anorak! And my gay best friend Rossy with his tan. Woo.


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4. Beanoboy18 Oct 2010, 3:51pm Report

My enjoyable evening with my friends came to an abrupt end last night after being forcibly ejected from CC Blooms. I had previously been to a restaurant and had a few glasses of wine, we then proceeded to said nightclub complete with a 3am licence (what do they think a person will be doing at this time of the morning if they're not drinking somewhat dumbfounds me!) My main objection is, amongst others, is that the door-person, without explanation, ushered me towards the door. As I stopped to ask for an explanation my arm was placed behind my back and I was hastily directed to the pavement, still no explanation was given. I admit that I was a little drunk, one would be after drinking! The very least I, or anyone else, should expect is an explanation as to why a door-person feels it necessary to expel a customer. Understandably I will, and I hope others do after reading this comment, refrain from spending my money in this establishment in the future. Manners go a long way in the prevention of irritation, I suggest that the Management of CC Blooms considers the option of personality testing before employing such troglodytes.

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2. Holdfastalex30 Dec 2009, 2:29pm1 star CC Blooms Report

'Bad' sums this place up very well and NOT 'Bad' as in 'Good' either!
Bad Venue- poorly laid out and stuck in an 80's time warp. Toilets provide the atmosphere and bounced fake bank notes provide the decor, just as a reminder that the people who go there are likely to be the kind who have fake money! (Surprising that they should have had so much passed to them, with so much neon they should be able to spot a fake a mile off!)
Bad Staff- All the grace and manners of prison warders in a third world country. If you get past the bouncers don't expect things to get better once you are in- they really are ALL that surly!
Bad Music- Early Kylie-tastic!
Bad Attitude- Once you get past the bouncers, get ripped off by the coat check, queue for ages at the bar, get over charged and short changed while buying the watered down drinks, wade ankle deep in goodness knows what to go to the toilet, get bounced around by the never ending tide of passing 'revellers' and shout yourself hoarse over the top of I Should Be So Lucky you will inevitably find yourself being thrown out for having 'one too many' and daring to actually enjoy yourself! And the manager’s response will be- tough! They've had your money now p* off!
Bad Idea- No matter how drunk you get it is NEVER worth going here! Don't do it!

1. Elaine3 Jan 2009, 7:28pm Report

Hi I am looking to meet some girlfriends, or one in particular. I work in a hospital and enjoy walking my dog along the beach. I enjoy listening to music and quiet nights in and occasional night out

Average rating 3.5/5 from 7 reviews of CC Blooms.

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