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LGBT guide to Edinburgh
Boasting the largest gay scene in Scotland, Edinburgh’s vibrant ‘Pink Triangle’ is the place to visit for low-key pubs, lively clubs, and delicious British grub.
OUT AND ABOUT
Looking for a good time? Edinburgh’s liveliest gay bars are located near the city center at the north end of Leith Street and Broughton Street, in an area known locally as the “Pink Triangle.” For creative cocktails, contemporary cuisine, and late-night dancing (the real party begins after 11 PM), swing by the city’s oldest gay venue, CC Bloooms. If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, head to Regent Bar for a pint and traditional Scottish meal—with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to boot! For budget-friendly beers (or Bellinis!) with live entertainment and thrice-weekly karaoke nights, a trip to Planet Bar is a must.
Though Edinburgh is filled with chic accommodations like The Glasshouse, The Scotsman Hotel, and The Balmoral Hotel, plus several gay-owned and run guest houses, if gay-friendly isn’t quite friendly enough, consider booking a room at Alva House—a B&B exclusively for gay men.
Animal lovers will feel right at home at The Dogs, a quirky gastropub located in the heart of the city. Naturally, there’s no shortage of dog décor—including a book of famous dog quotes on the way to the loo. While there’s no dog-inspired food on the menu— thankfully—expect Scottish favorites like white fish, beef cheek, and pork belly.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
22 June - Pride Edinburgh
Pride Edinburgh is Scotland’s national LGBTI festival. Combining a colorful march through the city with a health and community fair and live music, the event brings together politicians, activists, and individuals to support diversity and personal identity.
Edinburgh is in Scotland, 4.5 hours north of London by train. Flying? Edinburgh Airport offers numerous direct routes from all across North America, and is located 8 miles from the city center.