Edinburgh is a foodie’s delight, with a huge number of eateries catering to all budgets and cooking up a delicious variety of cuisines, while you’ll find dozens of stylish bars and clubs dotted all around the city. LGBT visitors will enjoy a warm welcome at bars and restaurants all across the city, and there’s also a small but friendly gay scene home to a number of great cafés, bars and restaurants.
CC Blooms on Greenside Place is something of an institution, having been a vital part of Edinburgh’s gay scene for more than two decades. During the day it offers a range of Scottish and European dishes in its elegant upstairs diner, while in the evening it becomes a vibrant cocktail bar with a buzzing downstairs dance floor offering free entry.
Just along the road, The Street is a classy gay-friendly bar offering a wide selection of cocktails and a tasty menu of burgers, wraps and nachos. Like CC Blooms, its proximity to the Playhouse Theatre makes it an ideal choice for an after-show drink. Themed nights and pub quizzes take place during the week, and you can even commemorate your evening in the bar’s old-school photo booth.
Café Nom de Plume on Broughton Street is famed for its cosy atmosphere, welcoming staff and hearty home-style cooking. Eccentrically decorated with fairy lights and quirky knick-knacks, it serves up simple yet delicious dishes such as fish pie or haggis, neeps and tatties, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options and an impressive choice of beers.
The Regent on Montrose Terrace claims to be ‘the best real ale gay bar in Edinburgh’, serving up a great range of beers and ales. This relaxed, dog-friendly bar has won CAMRA’s Edinburgh Pub of the Year Award several times and has a loyal following of ale-loving regulars, both gay and straight.
Pop into the loud and ever-busy Café Habana on Greenside Place for good value drinks accompanied to pop tunes. Just down the road, Planet Bar on Baxter’s Place offers comfy seats and a pool table plus quizzes and karaoke on certain nights.
Various other bars around Edinburgh also throw occasional LGBT nights and events: Woodland Creatures on Leith Walk holds LGBT social evenings, while Henry’s Cellar Bar, the Mash House and the Annexe all host pop-up club nights.
Find more stylish bars and restaurants around the capital in our guide to food and drink in Edinburgh.