La Belle offers Edinburgh‘s most diverse roster of nights. This basic. two-tiered. stone-floored venue seems to attract its own regular crowd. Fridays alternate between Club Latino (monthly Latin dance). Big Beat (monthly danceﬂoor jazz) and Manga (fortnightly drum ‘n' bass. All three regularly promote live music and guest DJs and are extremely popular. Saturdays cater for house music fans; Yip Yap swings to a deep house and vocal garage vibe — it's been around for three years now and it’s still as upfront as ever. while Stripped opts for a harder Euro house sound.
West Tollcross. 0l3l 228 3252. Capacity 900/two ﬂoors. Entry on Saturdays £5.
‘P 2. i £|.80. ii? 20.
Q Ample seating around dancefloor.
a Strictly over 25s and smart dress (no jeans or trainers) at the weekends. Students only on Wednesdays. Random search.
The Cavendish attracts an older. more sophisticated crowd at the weekends when it promotes live music — usually cover bands and cabaret. Every Wednesday. half Edinburgh’s student population turns up at the infamous Shark
where the music‘s fun. the drink cheap and the copping off opportunities plentiful. The queues tend to start before 9pm. so get there early.
3| Lothian Road. ()l3l 229 7670. Capacity l200/one extremely large space on several levels.
Entry on Saturdays £6.
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‘33 Effective. computer-run system.
3: Fairly good.
(9 Lots of places to sit over three
No trainers and smart denims only on Fridays. Saturday is the same but strictly over 2 | s. Wednesday's student night more relaxed.
Century is more ofa mainstream. commercial disco. attracting a slightly
older crowd of office workers. Horizontal.
the student night on Wednesdays. is famous for its drinks promos and lively atmosphere. Sundays are calmer with a 70s and 80s playlist. and one-off club events mainly aimed at students. Previous guests have included Tony [)e Vit and Alistair Whitehead. Award-winning lighting rig. Free membership scheme.
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Grindlay Street. 013! 622 7086. Capacity 250/two rooms. Entry on Saturdays £3.
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Free tap water from the bar.
Hot and sweaty on the danceﬂoor. cooler in the bar area. A new system is promised next April.
Some seating in the bar. around the danceﬂoor and on the small stage.
No dress code. but good attitude necessary. Fairly casual security conduct a light search at random.
This small. popular. friendly club used to be one of Edinburgh‘s most important house club venues but now caters for a different crowd. The dance-orientated clubbers have been replaced by a more indie/student clientele. The music veers from easy listening (Boy Meets Girl. Thursdays) to indie (Teasage. Saturdays) to punk. New Romantic and disco (Planet Earth. Fridays).
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36-38a Blair Street. 013l 220 438 l. Capacity 450/two rooms. Entry on Saturdays £8. »
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