Chart & party

I Atmosphere at Destiny. 10pm—3am. £3 before 11pm; £4 after. Weekly. Full-on party action accompanied by generous drinks promos.

I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra’s. 10.30pm-2.30am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Chart pop and hits from the 705 and 805.

I Fiasco at Reds. Brendan and Jamie knock out the chart hits resulting, apparently, in ‘debauchery and mayhem’.

I Silver (Disco Extravaganza) at Fury Murray’s. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Cheesetastic disco fun for students, with Dave and Phil spinning the discs.



I Loose at The Variety Bar. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Alt- country, classic 70s rock and blues from Paul Shields.

I Phat Dave at The Living Room. 9pm—l 1pm. Free. Weekly. Starting the week with ‘hedmuzik 4 beatfreakz’, which translates into English as hip hop, breaks, beats and the like.


I Burn at The Apartment. Ilpm—3am. Free for bar staff of any pub or club; £3 to everyone else. Weekly. A top party atmosphere guaranteed thanks to the thumping dance classics unleashed by Norm and Richard.

I Passionality at Planet Peach. 11.30pm—3am. £5. Weekly. A brand new gay night that invites you to ‘comc get passionate.’ Funnily enough, the music, courtesy of DJ Shawn (Bennet’s), promises to be cheesy chart, upfront house and handbag.

I Speedracer at The Garage. 10.30pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Indie classics with the odd daft party tune thrown in for the usual crazy crowd.

Chart & Party

I Cleopatra's at Cleopatra’s. 10.30pm—2.30am. £2 (£1). Weekly. Start the week with 705, 803 hits and the usual tosh.



I Dub Night at The Variety Bar. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Stevie Donaldson (Bar 10) playing, oddly enou h,dub.

I Sa sa Sabrosa at Havana. 8pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Top notch selection of all things Latin.

I Stylophone at The 13th Note Cafe. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. The first leg of the Stylophone mobile club, with rock and garage sounds, plus the chance to pick up free drink passes for the club proper.


I Alaska at Alaska. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. At the time of going to press listings for Alaska were unavailable, but you can expect quality local talent. Call 248 1777 for details.

I A'queer'ous at Planet Peach. Ilpm—3am. £5. Weekly. Sister club to Planet Peach’s Monday-nighter Passionality. this is, as the name suggests, a new gay night featuring Martin and Shawn (Bennet’s) with cheesey faves, glam house and handbag.

I Basics at g2. 11pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. Jon Mancini from Colours playing out his usual high quality house, and claiming, bizarrely, to be at the helm of the only student house night in Scodand.

I Stylophone at The 13th Note Club (ground floor). 9pm—3am. Free before 11pm; £2 after. Psychedelia, rock, 605 garage and a bit of punk. Go to the ’Note Cafe beforehand, and you can pick up free drink passes for the Club.

Chart &. party

I Laid at The Temple. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. A new student night with the cheesiest of cheese, regular tribute

bands and the odd foam party.

I Lush at The Velvet Rooms. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Jim Da Best and CJ with naff pop and commercial house respectively. One for the students.

I Planet Pop at Qudos (Queen Margaret Union). 10pm—2am. £2 (£1); students and up to four guests. Weekly. Pop, anthemic house and related silliness from Tam Coyle.

I Shooting Stars at The Garage. llpm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Gerry and Iain keep the drunk kids happy with charty house and po hits.

I The Shimmy Clu at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £3 (£1.50). A straightish and studenty night at the gay venue, with Raymond Davren maintaining the party atmosphere.

I T.I.T. at Trash. 10.30pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Rory Weller with hands in the air, foot-stomping house and trance, Graham churning out the student pap in Room Two and Teeyitce with whatever seems appropriate in the cave.


I Edward's at Edward’s Bar. 9pm-midnight. Free. Weekly. DJ Louise with hits from the 80s.

I Jengaheads at The Living Room. 9pm—midnight. Free. Weekly. Peerless beatfreaks, Ali and Martyn continue to move the crowd with their breaks, bleeps and loops.

I Russell's at Russell’s. 9pm—l 1pm. Free. Weekly. Fresh talent DJ Yaw brings his world music extravaganza to the yuppie masses, spinning Latin, African beats with a dash of funk and R&B.

I Shu Hirata at The Cul De Sac. 8pm—midnight. Jazzy breaks, hip hop, electro, drum & bass: whatever gets played out its bound to be the best available.


I Algo Differente at Havana. 10.30pm—late. £4 (£3). Weekly. Arrive early for salsa tuition, then revel in the Salsa Sabrosa crew’s high octane Latin set.

I Bennet's at Bennet’s. 11.30pm—3am. £2.50 (£1.50). Weekly. Sara with an upfront dance mix. Gay.

I F.A.B. at Babaza. 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. DJ Skud with garage and funky house, playing to a dressed-up crowd.

I Ghetto Flava at reds. llpm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Paul N’Jie with a smooth blend of house, garage, R&B and funk. I Joints And Jams at Planet Peach. 11pm—3.15am. £3 (£2). Weekly. High calibre night of hip hop, swing and R&B from Martin Hesketh.

I Shag Tag at Archaos. 11pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. Insanely successful night based on a complex numerical flirting system: everyone gets a number upon entry, then, if someone catches your eye, you write their number on the board next to your own, with the idea being that they then rush up to you and get all lewd. The lady or gent with the most numbers gets a free bottle of champers. Quite icky, really, but the kids love it, since its less hassle than the old eye-contact/crap chat up line method traditionally favoured at venues of this sort. Musicwise, its banging house and trance in the main room and across the board ‘madness’ from CJ downstairs.

Chart & party

I C.J.D. at The Apartment 11pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student frolics with Marcello, Alan Belshaw and Ryan Mathie.

I Klass at Destiny. 10pm—3am. £2 before 11pm; £3 after. Weekly. For those who fancy a party night out, but can’t stand those pesky kids cluttering up the joint. Over 28s only.

I Pop & Tarts at The Cathouse. 11pm—3am. Weekly. Free before 11.30pm; £2 (£1.50) after. Weekly. Party- up disco and funk.

I Souped Up at The Garage. 10.30pm-3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Student pop piffle from Iain Hanlon.


Edinburgh clubs


I Club Java at Club Java. lOpm—Iam. Free. Weekly. Combining restaurant. bar and club in the new development of Commercial Quay. The club starts up around 10pm-ish with DJ Jonny.

I Cuba Norte at Cuba Norte. 10pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Flamenco Puro play live. DJs afterwards.

I eh1 more at eh1. 9pm—lam. Free. DJs on rotation at this popular city centre bar. I Keep It In Czech at Pivo. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. Very popular bar with the in-crowd (they paid me to write that), featuring the cream of local DJs.

I Made In Iguana at Iguana. 9pm—Iam. Free. Weekly. Joseph Malik DJs at this extremely popular pre-club night. The tunes will shift to the full spectrum of world music. as is his forte.

I Rebel Waltz at City Cafe 2. 9.30pm—Iam. Free. 14 Jan. Fortnightly. Murray Richardson’s night of deep house continues with what will be one of the biggest nights to date. DJ Herbert shows up for four hours of absolute magic. And it’s free!

I Roadblock at Po Na Na. llpm-3am. £3. Weekly. Nicei digs up the best in funk, disco, house, timeless gems and block rocking beats.

I TFI Friday at Club Mercado. 5-10pm. Free. Weekly. The capital’s original and most famous after-work piss-up with cheesy music courtesy ofTrendy Wendy. I What It Is at City Cafe 2. 9.30pm—lam. Free. 7 Jan. Fortnightly. Bob Cairns throws down a mixture of jazz funk, old and new soul right through to Latin grooves and stomps firmly all overiL


I Apex at Studio 24. 10.30pm—3am. £5. 7 Jan. Monthly. Another Underground Overground night from the Apex crew, featuring trance and techno from Al Space and Phil Zero, with Neil T and Steve Pace playing downstairs.

I Arakataca! at The Bongo Club. Monthly. Next date 28 Jan.

I Barry Cabanas at Eden. 11pm—3am. £6.99; £5.99 members; £5 nutty dressers. 7 Jan. Monthly. One of the most essential recovery parties in the capital is at Barry’s. The variety club for the fun loving and extremely misguided keep on keeping on, all in the name of a good laugh.

I Big Beat at The Bongo Club. 10.30pm—3am. £7 (£6). 14 Jan. Monthly. The sighs of relief from Edinburgh’s music lovers could be heard all over the country the mightily fine jazz, funk and rare groove club Big Beat has lost no time at all in finding another home and settling into a monthly residency. And get this, the very first guest at the new venue will be (trumpets please) Rueben Wilson. This will be his second spot at Big Beat, having wowed everyone last year. If you’re into gritty funk grooves, he is your man and make no mistake. He will be supported by the outstanding, if not slightly trainspottery, DJs Simon and Stuart. Make sure that you show this exceptional club some support.

I Biff Bang Pow! at The Venue (top floor). Biff Bang Pow! has now finished. I Boogie Mo Dynamo at The Bongo Club. Monthly from 4 Feb.

I Club Latino at The Bongo Club. Monthlv. Next date 21 Jan.

. Disuko at Wilkie House. Disuko has now finished.

I Evol at The Liquid Room. 10.30pm—3am. £4. Weekly. The original alternative crossover club shakes off its walking stick (eight years young) and gets down to a heady mix of Public Enemy, Sonic Youth, Deee-Lite and Mogwai.

I Funk Latino at Gaia. 9pm—3am. Free before midnight; £4 after. Weekly. Funk and Latino on the main floor while upstairs goes all Salsa Con Sabor with DJ

listings CLUBS

The best in Edinburgh's Clubland this fortnight

Aswang Rather than just stroll in and put up a badly painted banner, the promoters of this club have gone all out, and it shows. A night of psychedelic trance, with a veritable tropical jungle in the basement. The Venue, Thu 73 Jan.

Big Beat Moving swiftly from Cafe Graffiti after its closure, Big Beat enters a new phase of its existence, this time at the Bongo. To see in the new age, they’ve got the big whammy guest Rueben Wilson to wow the crowds. Get there early, it’s a smaller club than Graffiti. The Bongo C/ub, Fri 74 Ian.

Wiggle Waggle Last chance to taste the delights of this outstanding dancefloor jazz and soul club until March, so don’t miss it. With Yogi Haughton and Bob Cairns at the helm, it’s got to be pure quality. La Be/le Ange/e, Fri 74 Ian.

Joy Let Maggie and Alan (above) drag your bloated and over-toxicated body into the New Year as they lay down the best hard house, techno and trance around. It’s extra cheap for members since they love their faithful so much. Wi/k/e House, Sat 8 Jan.

Grand Theft Audio Something a little different at Gala, a whole lot of freestyle and 4/4 nonsense to have a great time to, from local up and coming 015. A worthy contender for your mid-week diary. Gaia, Wed 72 Jan.

Hector, playing Latino, salsa, mercngue and Latin pop. There are dance classes upstairs if you get there early.

I Higher Ground at La Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 21 Jan.

I Jazz Joint at Henry’s Cellar Bar. 10pm—3am. £5. Weekly. The Hi Heeled Sneakers and their heavy funk grooves (7 Jan) rotate with the Groove Diggaz (14 Jan), the top notch groovers who add so much funk to the capital. Supported by DJs Sly Si and Saf Sap.

I The Mambo Club at The Cavendish. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4). Weekly. Reggae, ragga, soul, funk, swing and R&B delights provided by Sir Ossie.

I Manga at La Belle Angele. Monthly. Next date 28 Jan for their fourth birthday. Check out:

I Moroccan Clouds at P0 Na Na. 10pm-3am. Free before 11pm; £2 after. Weekly. The still gorgeous DJ Nicci plays disco, funk and house in this very groovy and popular bar.

I Noa at Noa. 10pm—3am. Free before midnight; £6 after. Weekly. Jon Flowers in the main room with smooth-as-you- like garage; Paul Dixon through the back with old skool, soul and funk.

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