A guide to the hottest venues in the coldest months

The temperature is falling and Christmas is approaching…but that means nights out in the nation’s capital are the hottest ticket in town. Edinburgh has some world-class bars, nightclubs and venues that dazzle all year round, but in the run up to the holidays they have an added sparkle.

If you’re coming to Auld Reekie for a night out with friends, your work Christmas party or planning a night on the town with someone special, The Chester Residence offers a perfect city centre location.

Not only will we ensure that your big night starts off in the most stylish of surroundings, our close proximity to some of Edinburgh’s top nightspots means that you’re never more than a short walk from the action.

But with hundreds of venues to choose from, where do you even start when planning your night out – especially during the festive period when so many pubs and clubs are going all out to offer a something special for the season? Fret no more. Santa tells us you’ve been nice all year, so we’re willing to share out insider knowledge on the hottest spots in town.

Panda and Sons

Tucked away on the corner of Charlotte Square and a mere 10-minute walk from the Residence, this quirky venue fuses a curious blend of speakeasy and vintage barbershop. Serving up the most incredible cocktails, you can choose to either kick your night off or finish it off at Panda and Sons.


Based in stylish George Street, Lulu is one of Edinburgh’s most popular nightclubs – so don’t let the basement setting fool you. Elegant and fashionable, it’s one of the sleekest destinations in town. On selected December dates it’s offering Rockaoke – the chance to drink, sing and karaoke with a live band all night long.

99 Hanover Street

You can bank on a great night at this venue…it was at one time in the ownership of a financial institution. Its style is best described as eclectic but comfy – you’ll be surrounded by cosy armchairs, flickering candles, exposed brickwork and opulent drapes. But they must be doing something right, celebrities including David Beckham have been seen propping up the bar here.

Voodoo Rooms

This historic venue not far from Princes Street is a bit of an Edinburgh institution. It’s a bar, a café and a venue all rolled in to one, but whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll be impressed by the historic interior of the building – think ornate ceilings, huge arched windows and plush seating. If you’re a fan of rum, then you shouldn’t miss the Voodoo Rooms, as the bar is renowned for its huge collection of this Caribbean spirit…tasting classes can even be arranged for true connoisseurs.

The Refinery

A new kid on the block compared to some of the city’s more established pubs and clubs, but The Refinery is fast on the way to achieving legendary status. With a chic interior spread over two floors, this St Andrews Square venue is sophisticated yet cosy. It goes all out with its range of seasonal cocktails…we’re big fans of the Minced Pie (in liquid form, of course).

Teuchters Bar

Want a bar with all the fun of the fair? Well, it has to be Teuchters – a firm favourite with rugby fans due to its proximity to Murrayfield Stadium on William Street – where you can try your hand at the hoopla of destiny. Simply throw a hoop in the direction of the many rows of whisky bottles, and you win a dram of whatever one the hoop lands on. There’s a great vibe in this relaxed traditional pub, which also has a great selection of ales.