"Get Your Moove On" Cowgate Tip by leok

Cowgate, Edinburgh: 14 reviews and 15 photos


There's a whole range of historic and not so historic pubs and bars along the Cowgate taking you under the bridges along to the Grassmarket.

Whatever you like - from the excellent cellar bar 'Bannermans' to the 'fun-pub' atmosphere of 'Siglo' there something here to suit nearly everyone's taste. How about 'Bliss' which offers chilled out beats, or maybe 'The Three Sisters' which not only packs 3 themed bars and a hotel into one venue but also delivers an excellent (though weather dependent) beer garden out front). It also organises speed-dating weekly on a Tuesday night - though you have to book tickets in advance.

Want more? Well the Subway, Opium and Wilkie House will satsify those wanting a cheap late night dance, while Rush, Bar Union and other venues all offer more options.

Though the Cowgate remains a great place to start a night out the infamous December 2002 fire in the area destroyed a set of bars and venues in the heart of the street. Amongst the casualties were the legendary club Belle Angele and the Loca nightclubs. The HQ for the Gilded Balloon was also destroyed. City planners are still discussing what will replace them.

Meanwhile the '70s theme bar - Abbar (formerly Sneak Peats) is currently being rennovated - I'll update when I know what

So while the Cowgate is probably playing catch up with it's neighbour, the Grassmarket, it is still a good location to start or end a night on the town and remains a popular student haunt - no doubt because many of the flats lining the street belong to the university. It's definitely worth sampling and when/if you want to move on you are only minutes from more late night bars along the Royal Mile, by the uni or the Grassmarket.

Dress Code: Relaxed - though football colours are a bad idea

Address: The Cowgate
Directions: Parallel with the Royal Mile halfway along the road which runs from Holyrood Palace to the Grassmarket
Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2004
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