we adore and make no mistake) reside over the most laidback yet up for it (if you can be both at the same time) gay- friendly house and techno night around. The main room sees the pair throw down some very funky, almost American house and odd bits of techno, while the back room houses Trendy Wendy and Sally Findlay, with their kitsch, disco, house and what not. All in all, a great night out, guaranteed.
I Liuard Lounge at Cafe Grafﬁti. 9.30pm-2am (3am for 18 Dec). £7 (£6). Weekly, except 4 Dec. 11 Dec marks the second last Lizzard Lounge at Grafﬁti, and El Cometa’s are dropping round to say goodbye. It’ll be Latin mayhem all over the shop with the exceptionally friendly crowd loving every minute of it. 18 Dec is the last ever Lounge, and the Lizzed Lounge All Stars will be coming together for the night of nights. See preview.
I Logic at The Vaults. The Vaults is closed until January.
I Luvely at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date at Wilkie is Sun 26 Dec.
I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. lOpm-3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. World music with Sir Ossie playing the full spectrum of African, soca, Latin, salsa, reggae and ragga sounds.
I Messenger Sound System at The Bongo Club. 10pm-3am. £6. 11 Dec. Fortnightly. Dub reggae on a custom- built sound system for a very appreciative crowd. Experience a dub shower ‘Roots-man’ style at this super pomtlar night. I ingin at Studio 24, upstairs only. Monthly. Next date 18 Dec.
I The Mission at Studio 24. 11pm-3am. £5 (£4). 11 Dec. Fortnightly. Attracting a near capacity crowd most nights, this is one of Scotland’s biggest alternative clubs with three floors of rock, goth and indie/dance which should suit just about everyone’s tastes.
I Monte Carlo Or Bust at Club Java. 10.30pm—3am. £8 (£6). 4 Dec. ‘Take a break from the bright lights and gaudy pleasures of Vegas and take a midnight ﬂight on a moonlit night to the COte D’Azur. Sway to the sophisticated rhythms of the bossa nova, swoon to the swinging sounds of velvet-voiced crooners, thrill to the glamour of the grand prix. From the motor racing circuit to the casino, we’ll enjoy a night of Martini’s, moonlight, roulette and romance with that special Riviera touch!’ so say the Vegas posse, taking you to an entirely new destination tonight.
I Moroccan Clouds at P0 Na Na. 11pm—3am. £3. Weekly. DJ 4th Varmint, old skool to nu skool to dancefloor
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I Noa at Noa. lOpm—3am. Free entry before midnight; £6 after. Weekly. Jon Flowers, Martin Valentine and Craig Phillips mix up deep house, garage and mainstream.
I Room At The Top at Room At The Top. 9pm—4am. £10. Weekly. Huge and gorgeous house club attracting a young and spanky crowd and more that a few big name DJs. Check out: www.roomatthetop.co.uk
I Scooter at Holyrood Union. Scooter has now ﬁnished.
I Scratch at The Venue. 11pm—4am. £6 (£5). 4 Dec. Fortnightly. Truly essential night for hip hop heads in Scotland — The UnSpoken Heard make their way from the States to guest, joined by Lone Catalysts and J Live. Attracting an enthusiastic crowd, this is one to catch. See The Unspoken Heard preview in Music section, page 41.
I Shebang at Wilkie House. Monthly. Next date 18 Dec with Miss lsle (Nice) and Jacqui Morrison guesting.
I Substantial at Eden. 11pm—3am. £10. 11 Dec. Monthly. About bloody time, we say. lt’s been three months since the last Substance and there’s been a gaping hole inScotland’s Clubland, with no decent garage nights to replace it. Thank God then, that they are putting on this new night with Craig Smith taking time out from his regular London jaunts and time in the studio to maintain this residency.
He will be joined by Matthias Heilbronn, New York’s unsung hero of garage and fave guest of Substance (and number 95 in DJ magazine’s Top 100 DJs, for what it’s worth); quite possibly the only guest worthy of picking up the baton of opening guest slot — the pressure, the pressure. Downstairs in the Lounge, Mikey Stirton lays on some superﬁne future jazz, Afro beat and a host of quality sounds. Make sure that each and every one of you make it down to this night, if any club was worthy of your support this fortnight, it’s Substantial.
I Teaseage at The Citrus. 11pm—3am. £4. Weekly. Indie, with a touch of dance and funk, layed to a packed and sweaty crowd. I Tri al Funktion at The Venue. llpm—3am. £7 (£5). 4 Dec. Fortnightly. Ooh, ooh, ooh. One that we’ve been looking forward to for absolutely ages, the master of the Chicago house party, Gene Farris, drops by to his ‘second home’ for some serious danceﬂoor damage. This will be his ﬁfth gig at Tribal, the club that put him on yonks before anyone else knew of his genius. He’ll be playing off his Big Doobie album, the latest release on his Farris Wheel print. The residents will be throwing their own party downstairs. Essential night for the capital. See Phactﬁle.
I Vegas Christmas Party at Eden. Next date 18 Dec.
I Viva at Club Mercado. 10pm—4am. £10 (£8). 4 Dec. Fortnightly. Gay and gay-friendly cabaret cum disco cum house club where everyone gets a little dressed up for the party.
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I The Ark at The Ark. lOpm-3am. Free before midnight; £tbc after. Weekly. Party and dance music at this capacity night. I The Attic at The Attic. 11pm-3am. £tbc. Weekly. A bit of everything for everybody.
I Desire at Eros/Elite. 9pm-3am. £4 (£2) before 11pm; £5 (£3) before midnight; £6 (£5) after. Weekly. Saturday night’s alright . . . if it’s good enough for Elton, it’s good enough for Edinburgh’s party people at this new club.
I Disco Inferno at The Venue. 10.30pm—late. £7 non-members; £6 members; £5 fancy dress. 11 Dec. Fortnightly. Still one of the biggest laughs you can have in the capital, this kitsch 70s glam-o-rama night is always full of the craziest cats dressed in wild afros, ﬂares and sideburns, boogieing to the sounds of DJ Love, Nick Silver and MC Otis. Mark 25 Dec in your diaries, it’s their Christmas special.
I Energise at Subway. 11pm-3am. £2. Weekly. Various party sounds.
I Hanky Panky at La Belle Angele. 10.30pm-3am. £5. Weekly. Mainstream tunes from the 70s to the 905 at this extremely popular night.
I Loca at Loca. 8pm—5am. Free entry before 11 pm; £2 before 1am; £5 after 1am. Weekly. A fun mix of chart, dance and disco for a more mature, but no less sloshed crowd.
I Lovegroove at Gaia. 9pm—3am. Free before midnight; £4 after. Weekly. The gorgeous refurbished Gaia opens its doors to this weekly smooth groove dance party on the main ﬂoor and easy listening 45$ upstairs.
I Naughty at The Ark. 9pm-3am. £5. Half price with flyer. Weekly. A night for the ofﬁce workers wanting to drink and dance to party tunes.
I The Party at Revolution. 10pm-3am. £5—£7. Weekly. Mainstream and dance anthems.
I Sensation at The Cavendish. lOpm-3am. £6. Weekly. A mix of 70s to 90s smash hits for an over 255 crowd.
I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 4pm-3am. £1. Weekly. See Thu.
I C.C. Blooms 11pm-3am. Free. Weekly. See Thu.
I Catwalk at The Catwalk. 8pm-1am. Free. Weekly. Ali Campbell dropping jazz funk and big beat with a French flavour.
I Club Mojito at Cuba Norte. lOpm-lam. Free. Weekly. An early evening Afro~Cuban and Latin cocktail. I eht More at ehl. 9pm—1 am. Free. Weekly. DJ Eh?Wun! and Jonny Lyle on rotation at this popular and stylish city centre bar.
I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm-lam. Free. Weekly. Every lady’s favourite Bob Cairns does the laidback Sunday session thing, taking elements of soul, funk, Latin grooves and future jazz and playing his wa into our hearts . . .
I Wal 0t Shame at Harley’s Cellar Bar. 8pm-lam. Free. Weekly. Residents Alec, Chris and Derek mix up house, techno, garage and more to a friendly crowd.
I Galaxy at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Funk, R&B, smooth soul and disco.
I Icons at Club Mercado. 10.30pm-3am. £4 (£3). 5 Dec. Monthly. A big night of glammed up, tongue in cheek, fun club mixing up live entertainment and music for a gay/gay-friendly crowd. There’s a cabaret performance by the lcons dancers, this time to a Boys R Us theme, from the Jackson 5, Backstreet Boys to Five. Look out for a special girl power in drag special from the dancers on 19 Dec when they present their Christmas bash with the Spice Girls.
. I Jamboree at Club Mercado.
lOpm—3am. £4. 12 Dec. Monthly. Slam de funk down with this great R&B, hip hop and soul night from Edinburgh’s professional basketball team.
I Jazz Joint at Henry’s Cellar Bar. 10pm—3am. £3. Weekly. Sanskrit (5 Dec) are the newest band on the Jazz Joint block, expect a blend of Asian dub, drum & bass and roots; Diskografaz (12 Dec) supply jumpin’ sounds from a host of soulful dance DJs.
I Kute at P0 Na Na. 10pm-3am. Free. Weekly. Murray Richardson and Flash man a night of sweet house music at this bar cum club.
I Lemon Juice at La Belle Angele. 11pm-3am. £1. 5 Dec. Fortnightly. Blending together some of the best fresh juicy house music.
I Po Na Na 3rd Birthday Celebration at Po Na Na. lOpm-3am. £10 (all proceeds to charity). 5 Dec. A black tie do to celebrate the fact the Po Na Na is now three. The Cuban Brothers and Murray Richardson will be making sure that everyone has a good time. and there will be loads of prizes to be won, including a weekend to Barcelona. Call 226 2224 for further information.
I Queer Sunday at Eden. 11pm-3am. £2 before midnight; £4 after. Weekly. A new weekly gay night with an ‘unashamedly vibrant, happy, commercial gay dance music policy’ with the stunning DJ Venus upstairs while downstairs is taken over by the Torch Song Divas doing the cabaret thing. Watch out for Sheila Blige on the door — be nice now.
I Red Star Presents at La Belle Angele. 8pm—late. £4. 12 Dec.
Fortni htly. Live music with DJ support. I Tacﬁno at Club Mercado. Monthly. Next date 28 Dec.
I Taste at Wilkie House. 11pm-3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. The Taste snowball starts here, well on its way to wiping out all in its path to complete hedonism and a banging night out nearly every night of the festive season. Fisher & Price man the main room with their quality mix of all things house, while Stuart Barrie and Martin Valentine mix up garage and US house through the back. Consistently one of Scotland’s best clubs and an essential experience whatever you persuasion. Some dates for your diary: 19 Dec sees Sharp Boys (Heaven) guesting at Wilkie; 25 Dec will be their Christmas special, also at Wilkie; 1 Jan is their famous New Year’s Day bash, this time at Gaia (not The Vaults) and you should note that Taste will be closed on 26 Dec. Got that?
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Friday 3rd Decemb at The Bongo ClUb, New Street. entry Eli/£4
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