Christmas Party Venues in Edinburgh

As the frostiest season of the year approaches, so do the reams of preorders, secret Santa draws and festive-themed playlists (how much Wham! is too much Wham!?). Luckily, we've compiled a guide to the best bauble-festooned venues to ease the pressure of party planning.  From laid-back lounge bars where steaming mulled wine steals the show to luxurious fine dining, here are some of Edinburgh's best Christmas party bars and restaurants.

If you're looking for a cosy pub to host your festive merriment, head to Hectors in Stockbridge. This friendly neighbourhood boozer is known for its warm welcome and art deco-style interiors. With both traditional meals and sharing platters on offer, it's the ideal spot to hole up with your nearest and dearest.

Gaucho Edinburgh

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Steering clear of cringe-worthy Christmas tunes, the team at Gaucho are taking a grown-up approach to the festive season. The perfect setting for a formal dinner, they will be serving up a selection of gourmet cuisine, washed down with premium wines aplenty. 

Bar Soba Edinburgh

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Looking for something a little bit different for this year's yuletide celebrations? Bar Soba promises to delight with its menu of Pan-Asian cuisine and boozy cocktails. Get dressed up to the nines and shimmy on down to this contemporary spot for a festive-themed brunch or mouthwatering buffet. 

If you're looking for somewhere that can cater for a large group, then look no further than the ever-elegant Browns Brasserie & Bar. Keeping things traditional, the offering here includes smoked salmon, roast turkey and braised blade of beef, finished with a decadent tower of salted caramel profiteroles.

Le Monde

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In the market for sleek cocktails at one of the city's most Instagrammable venues? Le Monde delivers, and then some. Located just a 5-minute walk away from the buzz of Princes Street, and with an array of party packages for all budgets and group sizes, this boutique hotel will see your Christmas dreams become a sparkling reality. 

Head down to Castle Street where this quirky escape room series is giving you one of the best alternative Christmas party venues in Edinburgh. Choose your game of choice and get ready to put your heads together to solve a series of festive-themed puzzles, all before the time runs out. 

On the hunt for a group Christmas dinner that holds up in the food department? Then look no further than Frederick Street's Rabble. Not only is the festive menu here made up of the very best Scottish produce, but it's also one of the prettiest venues around, adorned with low-hanging plants and festive lights.

Found on the historic Mound in Edinburgh, Whiski Rooms is a low-lit restaurant and bar with single malt Scotch whiskies at its heart. The menu is a traditional affair, featuring classic dishes made from the freshest local ingredients, from Ballantine of Scottish turkey wrapped in pancetta to Tweed Valley beef, served with chive mash and green peppercorn jus. 

Looking for a quirky Christmas party venue in Edinburgh? Tuk Tuk is a wonderland of tasty Indian street food, colourful interiors and Asian-inspired cocktails. Perfect for smaller groups, there are several set menus available to try, all boasting unique dishes that are sure to wow.

The Voodoo Rooms

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Found on West Register Street, The Voodoo Rooms just so happens to be one of the most magical Christmas venues in Edinburgh. From its gilded interiors and historical charm down to its gin collection, this is festive at its finest. 

Cold Town House

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Consisting of a brewhouse, pizza and prosecco bar and rooftop terrace, Cold Town House is your one-stop shop for all things drinking, dining and dancing. With regular live entertainment and music, the atmosphere at this Grassmarket venue is the perfect setting for a lively evening of festive cheer.

The Three Sisters pub is usually known for its legendary sports showings and St Paddy's Day celebrations, but come December it also becomes a top-notch venue for festive merriment. With a giant heated marquee and a menu bursting with hearty classics, it's the stuff of Christmas party dreams.