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Scotland’s buzzing capital has a world-famous reputation as a giant in arts and culture, but it is also home to the largest gay scene in Scotland, Edinburgh’s vibrant ‘Pink Triangle’ is the place to visit for low-key pubs, lively clubs, and day-time hangouts. Explore our LGBTQI+ city guide for the lowdown on the best neighbourhoods, hotels and events in the city.

Dates for the diary

Get to know Edinburgh

The Street, an independent LGBTQI+ bar and bistro on the edge of the Pink Triangle, serves coffee and comforting street food by day and has a buzzing party atmosphere by night. With a selection of outdoor and indoor seating available to reserve, it provides a relaxing hangout spot in the Scottish capital. Don’t forget to snap a unique souvenir in their retro black-and-white photo booth, too!

Looking to soak up some culture in the capital? Catch some striking contemporary art at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, home to world-class sculptures, enthralling landscape gardens and a range of captivating exhibitions. Look out for the exhibition ‘A Taste for Impressionism’ which brings works from the likes of Van Gogh and Degas to the gallery (30 July - November 2022).

Out and about

Disco balls and cocktails in Edinburgh’s cool LGBTQI hangout.

Find out more about Habana
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Habana

Edinburgh’s oldest gay venue brings the party with late night dancing, creative cocktails and drag queens.

Find out more about CC Blooms
Large wall mural of a funky zebra hodling a cocktail saying "Amazing" inside the bar at CC Blooms.
CC Blooms

The place to be for a traditional Scottish meal, and real ale pint.

Find out more about Regent Bar
A series of pride and LGTBQ+ flags on display at the Regent Bar in Edinburgh
Regent Bar

A must visit for drag open mic nights, late karaoke nights and late-night dancing.

Find out more about Planet Bar
Planet Bar
Planet Bar

Disco balls and cocktails in Edinburgh’s cool LGBTQI hangout.

Find out more about Habana
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Habana

Edinburgh’s oldest gay venue brings the party with late night dancing, creative cocktails and drag queens.

Find out more about CC Blooms
Large wall mural of a funky zebra hodling a cocktail saying "Amazing" inside the bar at CC Blooms.
CC Blooms

The place to be for a traditional Scottish meal, and real ale pint.

Find out more about Regent Bar
A series of pride and LGTBQ+ flags on display at the Regent Bar in Edinburgh
Regent Bar

A must visit for drag open mic nights, late karaoke nights and late-night dancing.

Find out more about Planet Bar
Planet Bar
Planet Bar

Stylish stays

Spend a night in luxury in a converted 176 year-old church fusing together modern styles in a historic setting.

The Glasshouse

A part of the city for over 100 years, standing nine floors tall and each room uniquely designed.

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A city icon, stay in one of the 167 rooms and 20 suites on offer in a prime location.

Balmoral hotel

Getting here

Edinburgh is in Scotland, four-and-a-half hours north of London by train. Planning to fly? Edinburgh Airport is served by many international and low-cost airlines, and is located 7.5 miles (12 km) from the city centre.