the lack of guests, you spoilt monsters, because residents George T, Simone and DJ 11 are more than capable of rocking the house. And hey, Gene Farris returns on 26 Feb (he promises).

I Valentine's Ball at The Assembly Rooms. 8pm—2am. £15 in advance only - Call 556 8997 (24 hrs). 12 Feb only. Lothian Gay & Lesbian Switchboard present a three room Valentine extravaganza with ceilidh, Tackno and tea dance with ‘Miss Edith Budge‘. Dress to impress.

I Vegas at E2K (formerly Eden). Winner of The 1.1'sr‘s best club for 1999 and with good reason, Vegas returns for your easy listening delectation on 26 Feb. I Violate at Cafe Royal. 8pm—1am. £6 (free to members). 5 Feb. Monthly. lf chocs and flowers are not your idea of romance this Valentine’s Day, then celebrate the day of love a week early with good old fashioned pain at this fun loving fetish night.

I Viva at Club Mercado. 10pm—4am. £10 (£8). 12 Feb. Fortnightly. Sexy, fun and kitsch cabaret cum disco cum house club where everyone gets a little dressed up for the party.

Chart & party

I The Ark at The Ark. l0pm—3am. £6 (£4). Weekly. Party and dance music at this capacity night.

I The Attic at The Attic. 11pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. A bit of everything for everybody from the last four decades. I Desire at Eros/Elite. 9pm—3am. £4 (£2) before 11pm; £5 (£3) before midnight; £6 (£5) after. Weekly. Unleash your wildest fantasies at this Saturday night mecca for Edinburgh‘s party people.

I Energise at Subway. 11pm—3am. £2. Weekly. Various party sounds.

I Hanky Panlry 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 11pm; £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. £3 (£2). Weekly. The gorgeous refurbished

Gaia opens its doors to this weekly smooth groove dance party on the main floor and easy listening 45s upstairs.

I Love-In at Potterrow. 9pm—3am. £5 (£3). 12 Feb. Weekly. Wear some flowers in your hair and indulge in some creative body-painting at this groovy Valentine’s special. There’s free entry before 11pm, which will give you plenty of time to loosen u and get ready for Iurve.

I Naugl'ity at The Ark. 9pm—3am. £5. Half price with fiyer. Weekly. A night for the off-work office crowd wanting to cut loose to party tunes.

I The Party at Revolution. 10pm—3am. £5-—£7. Weekly. Mainstream and dance anthems.

I Sensation at The Cavendish. 10pm-3am. £6. Weekly. A mix of 70s to 90s smash hits for an over 25s crowd.

I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 4pm—3am. £1. Weekly. See Fri.

I Why Not? at Why Not? 10pm—3am. £7.50. Weekly. Chan, dance, mainstream and all your favourite club anthems at this popular city centre venue.



I Baracoa at Baracoa. 9pm—1am. Free. Weekly. DJ Craig takes over for a night of breaks and beats.

I CC. Blooms 11pm—3am. Free.

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I Clul‘; Mojito at Cuba Norte. 10pm—lam. Free. Weekly. An early evening Afro-Cuban and Latin cocktail. I eh1 more at ehl. 9pm—lam. 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—1am. Free. Weekly. Hotrod lovegod Bob Cairns does the laidback Sunday session thing, taking it slow and gentle with soul, funk, Latin grooves and future jazz.


I Cool Run lns at Bar Nego (Negociants). 8pm-3am. Free. Weekly. Dub-based violence with referee DJ Dirtsman pulling his own punches when he plays his special blend of ragga, reggae and hip hop at this weekend wind-down.

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I Doublezero at The Bongo Club. 10pm—3am. £5 (£4). 6 Feb only. Benefit night with diverse beats from Senses (Manga), Alan Dunbar (Headspin), Al Harper, Paz and Andy H playing drum & bass, dub, hip hop and funk. Live acts and tasty Thai and African food also on offer. Funds from tonight will go to Chechen refugees, a fine and worthy cause, so get down there and give it

I Icons at Club Mercado. 11pm—4am. £4 (£3). 6 Feb. Monthly. Following the huge success of the Spice Girls tribute at Christmas, lcons devotes tonight’s entertainment to divas of the millennium, with the club’s dancers performing songs by Shania, Celine, Britney and Whitney at this shameless gay/mixed night. There’s a free champagne reception from 1 1pm—midnight, plenty drinks promos and red hot DJ action including commercial dance, party and camp classics for a very friendly and glam crowd. Note that there is a free shuttle from Planet Out every ten minutes.

I In The Groove at Jazz Joint. 10pm—3am. £3. 13 Feb. Fortnightly. Live music gets a night off at the Jazz Joint with this DJ only night brought to you by DJS Tinku and Simon, Stuart and Les from Big Beat. Let them take you on a trip through the vaults of dancefioorjazz. I Kute at Po 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. Next date 27 Feb.

I Queer Sunday at E2K (formerly Eden). llpm—3am. £2 before midnight; £4 after. Weekly. A 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. Next date 20 Feb.

I Sanskrit at Jazz Joint. 10pm-3am. £4 (£3). 6 Feb. A unique blend of Asian dub, drum & bass and roots from local combo, Sanskrit, with additional entertainment provided by a host of special guests.

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I Tackno at Club Mercado. 10.30pm—3am. £6 (£4). 27 Feb. Monthly. Fiery redhead, Trendy Wendy welcomes the return of ‘The Girl With The Loveliest Hair‘. Wear it big, wear it wild, wear it with style at this celebration of all things hairy.

I Taste at Wilkie House. 11pm—3am. £8 (£6). Weekly. The flavoursome finale to the weekend has a little bit of what you fancy this fortnight, namely main room guest Ross Keddie (6 Feb) supporting residents Fisher & Price and on the cusp of the day of romance (13 Feb), residents Valentine & Fisher go head to head laying down the garage and uplifting house that you can’t help but love.

I Tokyo Blue at Gaia. 9pm—3am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Craig Burger Queen has a new pet project and he’s not afraid to stroke it. He and select guests will be laying on glam and sexy house while Tim Cuban Brother will be DJing in the upstairs bar.

I Vibe at The Liquid Room. 10pm—3am. £4 (£3). Weekly. A new night of dancehall, R&B and old skool hip hop from the Mad Ambassador and Archie. See feature.

Chart & party

I The Ark at The Ark. 10pm—3am. £4 (£2). Weekly. With supercheap bevvy, you might want to take Monday off.

I Chocolate Sundae at Revolution. 10pm—3am. £2-£5. Weekly. Soulful house and disco dubs.

I Loca at Loca. 10pm-3am. Free. Weekly. A commercial mix of chart, dance and disco.

I Mad Sundays at The Attic. 8pm—5am. £3 (£2). Weekly. Chart and classic disco going happily hand in hand with very cheap drinks promos.

I Replay at Eros/Elite. 9pm—3am. £2 (£1) before 11pm; £3 (£2) before midnight; £4 (£3) after. Replay sees the hits of the 705 and 80s, er, replayed while kids (over 185, of course) in Meltdown relax to chart and countdown anthems. I The Subway West End at The Subway West End. 4pm—3am. £1. Weekly. See Fri.

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