The Hive

The Hive
15–17 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG
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The Hive is a popular late night haunt known for its generous promotions and varied music policy. Any given night you can be treated to pop and chart cheese, indie and electro or rock and metal - so check listings in advance. Holding up to 650 people there is often a combo of live music and club nights in these underground vaults. Located on Niddry Street, it's just a few minutes walk from both Princes Street and the Cowgate.

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58. andrew aitken19 Aug 2016, 12:16pm Report

The place is a total pit, and the brain dead knuckle draggers that they laughingly call security are a joke. Their attitude sucks more than a leith hooker when the fleet is in town. Dont go just dont go, there are better pubs and clubs just minuets away dont waset time oir money on the place. But if you are underage, enjoy sticking to the floor, sweating more than a fat chick running for anything (no a/c) sweat drenched walls, surly unhelpfull staff, waiting ages to get served, and needing a pair of water wings and a gasmask when you go to the toilet this is the place for you enjoy :)

57. Dazzled23 Apr 2013, 10:16pm Report

I have visited this place a few times and always thought the staff were down to earth but this visit... certainly will be my last i walked out leaving my friends there after witnessing it!! i was disappointed! This place has gone down hill! The staff are beyond rude and need training on customer skills their attitude stinks!! main bar as you walk in front door young skinny guy! I watched him serve a girl who politely asked for drinks i know it can be a pain people asking for drinks one at a time but never in my time working in the pub trade have i ever spoke out of line whether they annoyed me or even gave people the most dirtiest look! i saw this happen to a young girl on mon night! No matter what, acting professional at all times should be drilled in these guys heads!!! Not all the staff are like this just 2 particular guys! 11.30pm was my visit so I'm sure you'll know who I'm talking about!

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55. JG14 Aug 2011, 1:49pm1 star The Hive Report


54. scottishgurl7 May 2011, 11:55am5 stars The Hive Report

My friends and I always go to The Hive. Its the best place to go, because its not full of posers there to 'be seen'. The drinks are always cheap and the barstaff are really nice. The bouncers sometimes do get a bit agressive when they tell you to move away from the enterence inside, because you cant move any further in because of the amount of people. But they do get rid of the troublemakers quickly. I've met loads of decent people here.

53. SWNic9 Feb 2011, 10:56pm5 stars The Hive Report

Loud, crowded, mucky, sweaty - the Hive is without a doubt not the place to be if you're after a quiet drink with a friend or two. But if you're after going to a nightclub in Edinburgh with a few mates, and want the place with the best music, the best crowds and the best atmosphere on the dancefloor then you're in the right place.

While the club may not seem like it with its modest size and questionable cleanliness, it will without a doubt be the best night out that you have in the city. And with cheap drinks and free entry before 11 on most nights, you'll find yourself ending up here on many a night out.

52. Amandacatherineb23 Jan 2011, 5:33pm5 stars The Hive Report

The Hive is a brilliant club that you just can't help going back to! The staff are lovely and very welcoming. The music is great and offers something for everyone :) Student friendly and full of lovely folk!

51. bejesus26 Dec 2010, 7:50pm Report

Don't go near this place. i was there recently and it was full of schoolchildren. It was hot, stinking and dirty. The bar staff were rude, security poor and someone tried to pick a fight with me in the toilets.

Avoid this place!

50. Euan017 Dec 2010, 8:49pm

If you want a posh night out with lots of talking and polite chat then avoid with a barge pole. But if you're looking for a fantasticly cheap night out at a club filled with people just wanting a good laugh then this is the place to be, drinks are always cheap, staff are always friendly and bouncers are always patient and willing to have a laugh though will immediately throw out troublemakers. Ive tried other clubs but this is the only one i properly enjoy

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49. Anita..1 Dec 2010, 7:33pm5 stars The Hive Report

The Hive is Awesome!!!!!! they always play goood music, the staff and bouncers are reallly nice, its really the only place i go since i turned 18 :D

48. Hazel_R25 Nov 2010, 9:17pm Report

Hive is where the heart is <3 only please to go on a night out in Edinburgh!!!

47. JPM17 Nov 2010, 6:11pm5 stars The Hive Report

Always a good time at the Hive. Cheap drinks, great events, and free entry before 11. And being a student, what more could you ask for? Definetly a recommendation to anyone wanting a cracking night out.

46. jewel11 Nov 2010, 6:09pm4 stars The Hive Report

Most people I know, if given a choice of where to go on a night out in Edinburgh, will choose The Hive. Not only is it cheap, with free entry most nights and drinks from £1/£1.50, it's in a good location, plays a wide variety of music, and the atmosphere is always great.
The only thing I would fault it on, and I know I'm not alone in this, is how busy it gets at the weekends - but to be honest, go to any club on a Friday or Saturday night and it's more than likely to be jam-packed, so this isn't really specific to The Hive.

45. mariamc10 Nov 2010, 1:38am5 stars The Hive Report

The Hive is definitely the cheapest, liveliest place to go on fridays and saturdays, it's close enough to all uni accommodation to get there cheaply and with free entry before eleven and cheap drinks you don't have to spend very much to have a good time!

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43. DMD8 Nov 2010, 10:55am Report

The Hive is the best club in Edinburgh, cheap/free entry, cheap drinks, with great music and atmosphere, what else could you want.

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40. JonnyTenny7 Nov 2010, 2:49pm5 stars The Hive Report

The Hive is always a great night out. With music to suit everybody and the best drinks deals around (Not to mention a whole room dedicated to fantastic pitchers and leather sofas!) It's always brilliant banter, without a doubt my favourite club in Edinburgh.

39. JonnyTenny7 Nov 2010, 2:49pm Report

The Hive is always a great night out. With music to suit everybody and the best drinks deals around (Not to mention a whole room dedicated to fantastic cocktails and leather sofas!) It's always brilliant banter, without a doubt my favourite club.

38. JonnyTenny7 Nov 2010, 2:48pm Report

The Hive is always a great night out. With music to suit everybody and the best drinks deals around (Not to mention a whole room dedicated to fantastic cocktails and leather sofas!) It's always brilliant banter, without a doubt my favourite club in Edinburgh.

37. Boydie125 Nov 2010, 11:11pm5 stars The Hive Report

The Hive offers club nights that are a bit different from the other bog standard night clubs in Edinburgh. Brilliant themed nights, headphones discos and even the normal nights are excellent. Having two rooms means that the music policy tends to have something for everyone. Drinks prices are really good, unlike most other clubs the only cheap spirit isn't vodka. Rum, whisky etc are all well priced and the dedicated cocktail bar offers pitchers of.cocktails. To top it all off hive has friendly staff inside and on the door. Favourite club in Edinburgh.

36. Carara913 Nov 2010, 9:10pm5 stars The Hive Report

The Hive is one of my favourite clubs in Edinburgh. It has cheap drinks, including the most delicious "Cheeky Vodka" pitcher which is AMAZING! I would definitely suggest checking it out if you have not yet done so :)

35. zoogie3 Nov 2010, 8:10pm5 stars The Hive Report

the hive get a 5 star rating from me as theres a night for everyone cover everythind from rock music to metal. They have great staff everyone is friendly. they also do themes nights which a fab. all in all great music great fun

34. Nov 2010, 3:50pm Report

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33. Saaam3 Nov 2010, 2:02pm5 stars The Hive Report

Really like the hive, good music, nice and busy :)

32. Jonny..2 Nov 2010, 11:24pm5 stars The Hive Report

Hive is great, drinks and entry are cheaper than most clubs in Edinburgh . It's open 7 days a week so everyone is bound to find a something they like. Its definetly the best value club in Edinburgh. Staff are friendly, you never have to wait long for a drink and the music is always good. Great for students with no money!

31. islalala2 Nov 2010, 9:56pm Report

Definitely my favourite club in Edinburgh!! Every night out ends here, even my friends in Glasgow come through for a Hive night! Super cheap and great music, what more could you ask for?!

30. sazzle2 Nov 2010, 5:47pm5 stars The Hive Report

the hive is literally the best thing in my life. the cheap drinks, amazing tunes and banter means i go everyweek. the fancy dress events are always slamming and the staff are lovely. defs go there. soooo nice to get away from the george street world too.

29. Beccacacacacaca!!!2 Nov 2010, 1:07pm5 stars The Hive Report

Hive is in one word........... EPIC! That's all you need to say! :D

28. wellwoodparsfan2 Nov 2010, 10:11am5 stars The Hive Report

The Hive offers the best variety in club nights of anywhere in Edinburgh. There is almost certainly something for everyone at least one night a week, and with it being open 7 days a week you can't really go wrong. The music in the Hive is always music which the clubbers are familiar with and makes for a great night of dancing or just socialising to some good tunes. Bar staff are alwasy very friendly and the drink prices are fantastic too with a wide range of available spirits and draughts. The cocktail bar offers some of the nicest and strongest cocktails you're ever likely to come across and always makes for an interesting night. The Hive is fantastic.

27. Sammich :D2 Nov 2010, 12:23am5 stars The Hive Report

The hive is definately my fave place. It has VERY reasonable drinks prices, and entry is never expensive. The staff are really friendly, and it's a good place to go for an organised night out or a last minute drink. The Hive should definately be included in any night out in Edinburgh. Every night is different so there is definately a night for everyone.

26. gibby31 Nov 2010, 9:19pm5 stars The Hive Report

The hive is the best club in edinburgh and i go there like ever night out ends in the hive coz it awsome and that all i would need to say but i will go on as the bar staff are klkl and funny people with klkl personalites and the music is great it all ways diffrent in a kinda way.

5 Stars flat out as it is awsome....

25. narcotic.xo1 Nov 2010, 7:50pm5 stars The Hive Report

I practically live at The Hive, and honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. It's such a brilliant place for a night out because it's fully been created with their customers in mind. We all have a say in what happens via the Facebook and I cannot fault the staff at all- they're all so passionate about the place!
Whether you're looking to chill out with your friends, or dance until your legs fall off, you're guaranteed a great night out, everytime. Each night has a different style of music so you're bound to find something you like, and the DJs are fabulous at getting the crowds jumping!
There are three bars, with a large variety of affordable drinks and lovely bartenders, dedicated floor staff keeping the place free of glasses/any broken glass, and the door staff are committed to keeping the place safe and free of underagers.
All in all it's a wonderful place to be: an exquisite hole in the wall where you're free to enjoy yourself- and I mean that with the highest of compliments. I LOVE IT. ♥

24. SparkilesVonTrash1 Nov 2010, 4:21pm5 stars The Hive Report

I love the hive!!
It has a bit of everything for everyone!!
and its constant!!
The staff are always really nice and more importantly the drinks are extremely affordable as well as the entry fee!!!
I also like that they ID people at the door which makes it harder for under-aged people to get in.
I also love their themed nights

The Hive is one of my fave clubs!!!

Sparkiles x

23. El Tron31 Oct 2010, 6:05pm5 stars The Hive Report

I have been going to The Hive since the day it opened, and have to say that it is one of the best Edinburgh clubs for a fun filled night out. The atmosphere is always electric and both dance floors are usual bouncing. The main attractions of the hive are its cheap drink deals (ideal for students), the music always keeps people dancing and the bar staff are always friendly (even on really busy nights). My work mates and I usually end up in the hive after we shut the pub so we are there about 5 nights a week :D
Awesome club - Well worth a visit!

22. Rowan Foster31 Oct 2010, 4:24pm5 stars The Hive Report

This is an amazing club! Great people, great music and open everyday with different music and a different atmosphere each day. Simply... magical! :D

21. himynameisRachael31 Oct 2010, 2:22pm4 stars The Hive Report

Never a dull night in the hive.
As a regular I spend almost every Tuesday and Friday night in this place, and even when we try to have a night away we always end up back here.

They have a club night for everyone, cheap drinks, good staff, good djs what more can you ask for?
It's definitely the place to go in Edinburgh no matter what night of the week.

20. cammieallan'9231 Oct 2010, 1:32pm5 stars The Hive Report

Hive is quite easily the premier club in edinburgh for a good dance and a cheap night out! The choice of 2 dancefloors and the consequent choice of music is amazing, the DJ's and bar staff are also pretty amazing!

HIVE is the place to go if you are looking for a good dance with the guaranteed attendance of happy-go-lucky clubbers, cheap (but good) drinks and great music!

19. smackieox31 Oct 2010, 1:05pm4 stars The Hive Report

I love hive. the place may be a bit murky but the student priced drinks from monday to sunday is brilliant. The different music genres throughout the week is awesome aswell.

18. Flick31 Oct 2010, 12:55pm5 stars The Hive Report

I love the hive! I've been going for just under 2 years and apart from getting slightly busier it hasn't changed that much which is a good thing. The theme nights are awesome. Most of the staff are really friendly and the prices are good. Whenever people ask me where's good to go in Edinburgh I always recommend the hive. :)

17. Rom12330 Oct 2010, 5:35pm5 stars The Hive Report

The hive is a great venue filled with all different types of people. The staff are always very friendly and cheery. Music is better than in any other club I have been to due to the amazing Djs. Definatly reccomend it to anyone wanting a fun filled evening.

16. bex24229 Oct 2010, 6:01pm5 stars The Hive Report

One of best clubs in edinburgh. caters for all. perfect for students. great staff. amazing music, and very cheap drinks. cocktails are very tasty. Themed nights are funny! Never had a bad night!!

15. Roooosie29 Oct 2010, 5:56pm4 stars The Hive Report

This is a great club, unique because it has such a nice atmosphere. The people that go are great and the staff work really hard to maintain the standard on offer. A fun night out if in need of somewhere to go in Edinburgh.

14. Rachel71229 Oct 2010, 5:48pm5 stars The Hive Report

My flatmates and I absolutely LOVE the Hive!! We have epic nights every time we go and wednesday's are our favourite, free entry before 11 and £1 a drink, you can't go wrong! AMAZING tunes! Anyone who says it's rubbish is either old or bitter because they didn't pull ;)

13. Marc.C29 Oct 2010, 5:25pm5 stars The Hive Report

As a true hive addict since i turned 18 i am a major fan :D
Good music. Good Crowd. Nice Staff. And Reasonably Priced! One of the only like it in edinburgh! :) :)

12. Ali-cat29 Oct 2010, 5:24pm5 stars The Hive Report

I love hive. You get what you pay for. The security are great if you have a problem. The drinks are cheap. The Dj's are great. The staff are lovely. It does get hot though so be warned the less clothes you wear the better :P

11. scripps23529 Oct 2010, 5:18pm5 stars The Hive Report

A lot of people have commented on the security at Hive - gotta say I totally disagree, in my experience the bouncers there are friendly and are just doing their job in keeping the drunken idiots out!

Nasty bit over - I absolutely love the Hive! Been going there since I moved to Edinburgh 5 years ago, the music is amazing, the drinks are cheap and the staff are dead friendly. Yeah its a bit small and can get busy but that just shows how popular it is!

10. The Hive29 Oct 2010, 5:00pm5 stars The Hive Report

In a city which a few years back used to boast amazing nightlife and something to suit everyone, The Hive is now THE only place to to go. Open 7 nights a week with free entry almost every night (and cheap entry even when they charge), amazing theme nights, awesome drink promotions, a fab crowd and excellent DJs all make it THE place to be on any given night. Two dancefloors, three bars and music to suit everyone. Cheap and cheerful. You really can't argue with that.

9. Chaz29 Oct 2010, 4:14pm Report

i've been going to the hive regularly for years. its a relaxed place with good music and good drinks promos. its always a great night out. everyone's friendly and they have great theme nights to mix things up

8. Robyn...29 Oct 2010, 4:07pm Report

i LOVE the hive! always have an amazing night bar staff are awesome bouncers are coool as beans and always great music!! cheap as chips and have really fun themed nights! <3 <3 <3

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Average rating 5/5 from 35 reviews of The Hive.

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