Gay Bars in Edinburgh

The Scottish capital is home to a handful of welcoming gay bars and clubs that guarantee a cracking night out. Whether you're looking to meet a bunch of singletons, want to celebrate Pride or are just looking for some late-night, hassle-free fun, these bars quite simply don't know how to disappoint. Check out our complete guide to the best gay bars in Edinburgh and get ready to shimmy and shake until the early hours. 

Last updated on 15th May 2020


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CC Blooms is a vibrant gay bar that treats every night as if it's the weekend. Armed with a collection of fiery spirits, eye-widening liqueurs and cold pints, the staff work with the venue's resident DJs to create a truly epic atmosphere. Expect drag performances, karaoke nights and unbeatable drink deals.

Though technically not advertising itself as a gay bar, The Theatre Royal Bar sits alongside some of Edinburgh's biggest LGBTQ+ venues and has become a favourite for its buzzing atmosphere and friendly regulars. The perfect spot to kick off a night on the tiles, this pub ticks all of our boxes.

While not billed as a gay bar, Paradise Palms is another well-loved spot amongst the city's LGBTQ+ community. Boasting regular live cabaret performances as well as monthly gender-neutral dating events, this lively joint is the perfect place to meet new people and dance until the sun comes up.