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Gay Bars, Lesbian Bars, Gay Pubs, Lesbian Pubs, Gay Clubs, Lesbian Clubs in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a vibrant gay community. The Edinburgh gay scene is centred in the so-called Pink Triangle - Edinburgh's gay life is centred largely around the New Town's Broughton Street, although not exclusively. Edinburgh's gay scene has much to offer all year-round. Like the 'straight' scene, the Edinburgh gay bars change their themes often, and we hope here with our Edinburgh Gay Section, to keep you up to date with what's happening here. The numerous traditional tourist guidebooks attempt to create a directory of gay pubs and clubs in Edinburgh, which is usually limited.

As with the rest of the Edinburgh Pubs website, we welcome feedback from our visitors, and after studying the offerings of the various websites we have researched, we feel that all the sites that we have studied had some shortcomings. The contributors who have helped compile the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Section have many gay friends, who are active on the Edinburgh gay scene, and we hope they will keep us up to date on any new gay venues, pubs and clubs which should be included in the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Section. We hope that our Edinburgh Gay and Lesbian Pub and Club Guide will become the definitive gay pub and club guide for Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh has a great gay scene, but nobody comes to Edinburgh just for gay sex alone - there's too much else. Sixth century Edinburgh Castle, on a 250-foot rock in the centre of the city, dominates everything. If that's not enough, August's Edinburgh International Festival, the biggest arts and drama festival in the world covers theatre, music, dance, painting, photography, sculpture, and more. Simultaneously there is The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Edinburgh Film Festival and The Edinburgh Book Festival.

If you're into art, summer is the time to come, but if so, book your bed well in advance, or perhaps you will find yourself in a sleeping bag in an Edinburgh park! If you come to Edinburgh by train, coach, or the bus from Edinburgh Airport, you will arrive on the Waverly Bridge near the Edinburgh Tourist Information Centre at the east end of Princes Street. If you haven't yet organised accommodation in Edinburgh, you will find an array of Edinburgh accommodation providers on-line at www.edinburghcastle.biz/accommodation.html - here you will be certain to find something suited to your needs in terms of accommodation in Edinburgh.


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Car parking in Edinburgh is expensive, and Edinburgh's gay scene is spread out, so it's worth getting bus timetables and bus passes which are good value from Lothian Region Transport at 14 Queen Street, Edinburgh or from the Ticket Centre at 31 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh's Royal Mile is a run of streets: From Edinburgh Castle is Castle Hill, followed by The Lawnmarket, The High Street and The Canongate. The Royal Mile slopes down a ridge to the east of the Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland. The labyrinth of closes (small alleys) and cobbled streets off the Royal Mile are worth exploring. Many pubs - or "howffs" as they were called in the old Scots' tongue - have history going back hundreds of years. On the pavement outside Edinburgh's St. Giles Cathedral is the Heart of Midlothian, a heart shaped from cobble stones. It is considered good luck to spit on the heart as you walk past.
To the north Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town is Princes Street and The New Town which is the largest complete Georgian residential area in Europe and has been awarded world heritage status by UNESCO. In The New Town you will find most of Edinburgh's gay pubs and clubs.
Night cruising is concentrated around Calton Hill, just below the Royal Observatory, though cruising here for gay sex, is very much at your own risk. A fair amount of daytime cruising is also done in Princes Street Gardens, particularly during the Edinburgh Festival.

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If you're a girl who's into girls and you're looking for lesbian bars, you might try Planet Out, or Cafe Habana, or the gay friendly Pop Rokit. Another option is the Blue Moon Cafe - the staff are friendly, there is a good selection on the menu- and veggie enchiladas are a fave! The Blue Moon is always a good way to spend a few hours relaxing, especially in the winter, when the coal fire is on! Alternatively, if you are looking for lesbian bars, The Laughing Duck has re-opened, reclaiming its Edinburgh's title as the longest running gay bar in town - it was first real gay bar in Edinburgh. If you're looking for Edinburgh lesbian pubs, you've found the right place.

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CC Blooms, Edinburgh  
CC Blooms, Edinburgh

CC Blooms

23 Greenside Place
Tel: +44 (0)131 556 9331

Edinburgh's CC Blooms is big and brash gay bar has a basement dancefloor, reigned over by a variety of DJs all determined to get you out on the floor amidst an appreciative crowd to shake your stuff. A popular gay bar at all times, they also dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to weekly club nights, covering everything from 60s and 70s tunes, to house, and the ubiquitous disco anthems. This is not for the faint-hearted, but perfect for fun fanatics - check out the week-night karaoke and strip nights! If you're up for a good time, and have a taste for the outrageous, then this is the place for you - and what's more, admission is free. Karaoke on Thursday and Sunday evenings, and male strippers on Sunday afternoons.
...tell them you found them on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Blue Moon Cafe, Edinburgh  
Blue Moon Cafe, Edinburgh

Blue Moon Cafe

36 Broughton Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 557 0911

Edinburgh's Blue Moon Cafe is the longest running gay gathering-place in Edinburgh, and somewhat of an institution, in the bustling Broughton Street area. It is also extremely straight-friendly, not to mention vegetarian and child-friendly. The Blue Moon is certainly versatile and welcoming, and in so doing attracts an eclectic mix of people. Check it out for a light, weekday lunch, or at the weekend, arrange to meet friends for pre-club drinks. Enjoy the vibrant and stylish surroundings, find out about the gay scene, enjoy the reasonably priced vegetarian food, or just simply hang out... good place to catch a sandwich while you are cruising gay and lesbian bars.
...make sure you tell them you found them on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Ann Summers, Edinburgh  
Ann Summers, Edinburgh

Ann Summers

89 Princes Street
Tel: +44 (0)131 225 5257

Ann Summers has a great range of sex toys for gay sex and lesbian sex. You can buy a strap-on dildo for lesbian sex with a built-in battery operated vibrator, to give the wearer clitoral stimulation whilst pleasuring her mate. For gay sex the guys are not forgotten as they have butt plugs, cock rings, cock rub, penis pumps, etc. Bondage gear for both sexes available. Perfect place for crossdresser's, transexual's, transvestites and transgendered people to do their clothes shopping in Edinburgh.
...tell them you found them on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

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Blaze, held at Ego
Picardy Place
0131 478 7434
Blaze is a fortnightly gay evening on Fridays with chart and commercial/funky house soundtrack.
...tell them Blaze gay evening found them on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

The Blue Moon
36 Broughton Street
0131 557 0911
The Blue Moon is one of the best places in town to get the low-down on gay current events, parties, and activities. In addition to the friendly atmosphere, there's a good menu with a diverse mix of snacks and bistro cuisine that has plenty for vegetarians. The Blue Moon is the biggest gay cafe in Edinburgh.
...tell them you found The Blue Moon on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

BootyLUSHous, held at Medina Nightclub
Lothian Street
0131 225 6313
Weekly Sunday social featuring a masterful blend of R&B, soul, funk and more.
...tell them you found BootyLUSHous on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar and Club Guide

CC Blooms
23 Greenside Place
Leith Walk
0131 556 9331
CC Blooms is the biggest, and most outrageous, Edinburgh gay bar. Packing crowds in every evening, the seating area and upstairs bar remain more civilized than the downstairs club, which features striptease and other scintillating attractions. Maybe the ultimate bar for you when you're out looking for gay and lesbian bars!
...tell them you found CC Blooms on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Claremont Bar
133-135 East Claremont Street
0131 556 5662
The Claremont Bar is friendly local gay pub and restaurant, the Claremont provides a comfortable atmosphere and very reasonable prices on food and drink. The 'Men Only' night on the 1st Saturday of every month and 'Kruz', held the 3rd Saturday of every month, are both extremely popular and held in conjunction with the Edinburgh Townhouse gay sauna, where gay folk meet beforehand from 2pm.
...tell them you found the Claremont Bar on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Club Java
39 Commercial Street
0131 467 3810
Club Java has lesbian/women-only night with resident DJ Roz. Monthly on a Friday.
...tell them you found Club Java on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Divine Divas, held at The Venue
15 Calton Road
0131 556 8997
Divine Divas, a lesbians/women-only shindig, which goes down each month at The Venue. Divine Divas is undoubtedly Edinburgh's biggest female fiesta... add this to the list when you're looking for lesbian bars and lesbian clubs!
...tell them you found the Divine Divas lesbian night on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

French Connection
89 Rose St. Lane North
0131 225 7651
French Connection, Edinburgh is tucked away in an alley, tiny but trusty home of Edinburgh's transvestite and transsexual scene.
...tell them you found French Connection on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

22 Greenside Place
0131 558 1270
Habana is located next to the Playhouse Theatre, off the east end of Princes Street, and is a friendly place to visit pre/post performance. In this predominantly gay area, Habana has become a perennial favourite, and was voted Best Gay Pub by Gay Edinburgh. The bar caters to a fun crowd of young gay clubbers, and hedonistic straight folk. The inside is bright and colourful, and the glass brick bar acts as a dancefloor when things really get going. As the evening progresses, professional DJ's stir up the revellers.
...tell them you found Habana on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

The Laughing Duck
24 Howe Street
0131 220 2376
The Laughing Duck is a great gay night time venue with an intimate atmosphere. During the week it is relaxed enough for a chat, or playing one of the games available at the bar, whilst the weekend is that little bit louder.
...tell them you found The Laughing Duck on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Metrosexual, held at City Nightclub
Market Street
0131 226 9560
Metrosexual, held at the City Nightclub is a weekly gay club night every Thursday evening.
...tell them you found the Metrosexual gay night on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Mingin', held at The Venue
15 Calton Road
0131 467 2551
Metrosexual, held and The Venue is monthly celebration of all things queer. A highlight of the gay calendar.
...tell them you found the Mingin' gay night on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Twist (New Town Bar)
26 Dublin Street
0131 538 7775
Twist was The New Town has a fairly mixed gay crowd upstairs. Downstairs is called Intense - appropriately named and full-on.
...tell them you found the New Town Bar on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Nexus Cafe Bar
60 Broughton Street
0131 478 7069
Nexus Cafe Bar serves more than food. Sharing space with a clubby, flamboyant clothing shop, and the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Centre, Nexus serves as a clearing house for info relevant to the gay community.
...tell them you found the Nexus Cafe Bar on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

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18 Albert Place
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Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri-Sun 12-11pm
Admission: £9; Concession: over 65's, students + unemployed.

60 Broughton Street
0131 558 8174
PJ's Edinburgh rubs elbows with Nexus Cafe Bar at the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Centre, sells everything from flamboyant gay club gear to books, toys, and silly gifts.
...tell them you found PJ's on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Planet Out
6 Baxter's Place
0131 524 0061
The exterior of Planet Out is painted grey but it is certainly not grey inside! Prices for drinks and the usual bar snacks are reasonable. This is a good reason to stop here while you're checking out the Edinburgh gay and lesbian bars scene!
...tell them you found Planet Out on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

2 Montrose Terrace
0131 661 8198
Regent is a new gay venue opened mid August 2003. Laid-back gay pub with relaxing atmosphere, real ales and no loud music - just the place to settle down for an intimate chat with gay friends.
...tell them you found the Regent on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Stag & Turret
1-7 Montrose Terrace
0131 478 7231
Stag & Turret is a busy, friendly gay bar. Edinburgh lesbians night upstairs on Fridays.
...tell them you found the Stag & Turret on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Tackno, held at Club Mercado
36-39 Market Street
0131 226 4224
Tackno, held at Club Mercado is a freaky-themed tribute to '70s kitsch trends too ridiculous to forget. The gay crowd comes dressed in appropriately silly get-ups (think wide-lapelled lime-green leisure suits) to get into the spirit of things.
...tell them you found the Tackno gay night on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Taste, held at The Liquid Room
9C Victoria Street
0131 225 2564
Taste, held at The Liquid Rooms is a progressive mix of garage and house for a mixed heterosexual/gay crowd every Sunday.
...tell them you found the Taste gay night on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar and Club Guide

Townhouse gay sauna
53 East Claremont Street
0131 556 6116
Edinburgh Townhouse gay sauna, luxurious gay bar and gay Internet cafe with gay sauna, gay jacuzzi, gay steam room, and gay gym facilities. Popular and friendly gay atmosphere.
...tell them you found their sauna on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar and Clubs Guide

Vibe, held at Ego
Picardy Place
0131 478 7434
Vibe, held at Ego, is a weekly evening on Tuesdays - a popular, sparkly, charty Edinburgh gay party.
...tell them you found the Vibe gay night on the Edinburgh Pubs Gay Bar Guide

Protect your safety when you are having gay sex, and make sure, when you have gay sex, that you are wearing a condom. Lot's of gay bars and gay clubs provide free condoms to encourage the practice of safe gay sex.

Definitions of terms which appear in the Gay and Lesbian Section of the Edinburgh Pubs Guide:
A man whos sexual orientation is to other men.
A person whos sexual orientation is to persons of the same sex.

Lesbians are women whos sexual orientation is to other women.
A lesbian is a gay or homosexual woman.

A transsexual is a person who wishes to be considered by society as a member of the oppostite sex.
A transsexual is a person who has ungone a sex change opperation.

A transvestite is a person who dresses, and acts in a style or manner, traditionally associated with the opposite sex.
A transvestite is a person (usually male) who adopts the dress and behaviour of the opposite sex, for purposes of emotional or sexual gratification.

Transgendered refers to a person who appears as, or whishes to be considered as, or who has undergone sugery to become, a member of the opposite sex.
Transgender: Of or relating to a transgendered person or transgendered people.

A crossdresser is one who dresses in clothing characteristic of the opposite sex.
A crossdresser is someone who adopts the dress or manner or sexual role of the opposite sex.

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