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George Street

For the sophisticated, classy, cosmopolitan party goers, we’ve got something right up your street (George Street, to be precise).

George Street is the older, more sophisticated sister of Princes Street – it’s all designer shops and swanky bars. During the day, this place is teaming with tourists visiting attractions such as the iconic Dome, and fashionista’s favourite, Harvey Nichols. And, when night falls, Edinburgh’s most stylish flock here – come and join the party…

  • Tiled image of the bar area at Le Monde, plush white leather seats and a sign for The Dirty Martini bar

    01. Le Monde

    16 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF Tel: 0131 270 3900 | lemondehotel.co.uk

    The world of Le Monde is seriously exclusive.

    It’s a boutique hotel, set directly on the main strip, with a plethora of gorgeously glamorous drinking options. Upon passing the gilded rope, you’ll stumble across The Library. This is exactly what you’d expect; leather seating, a relaxing fire, dark wood shelves lined with books, a grand piano, plush white leather booths and, the best bit, a glass bar. Walk through The Library, and you’ll meet the beating heart of the hotel. The Sky Bar is mesmerising, with the New York skyline plastered across one long huge wall, and even a bar that lights up to resemble a golden sky.

    Walk even further through the venue (this place is huge) and this is where you will meet Shanghai. This brings the ‘pulsating energy of China right to the streets of Edinburgh’. There are murals on the wall, white leather booths, intricate detailing on the bar and an extensive drinks list. Upstairs, Dirty Martini stands proud as the host of the Scottish Jazz Awards and Scottish Vocal Jazz Festival. This sophisticated, late-night venue for live music, entertainment and events is contemporary and elegant. It also has an atmospheric candle-lit lounge, and a large and vibrant must-see bar.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 01:00

  • A split image of the bar area and some nicely presented food in Edinburgh's All Bar One

    02. All Bar One

    29-31 George Street, EH2 2PA Tel: 0131 226 9971 | www.allbarone.co.uk/national-search/scotland-and-northern-ireland/all-bar-one-george-street-edinburgh

    This stylish city bar is hugely popular in the capital.

    It’s trendy and industrial chic, with exposed pipes, long wooden benches and shelves stacked with all kinds of spirits. The drinks list is massive, serving everything from wine and sangria, to cocktails – including Sharp and Sour, Teas and ‘Tinis, Skinny and whisky cocktails (to name but a few). The swanky venue even hosts cocktail workshops, where you’ll be whipping up the finest concoctions under the guidance of a pro.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Wednesday: 08:00 - 11:00
    • Thursday: 08:00 - 00:00
    • Friday: 08:00 - 01:00
    • Saturday: 09:00 - 01:00
    • Sunday: 09:00 - 22:30

  • Three tiled images, one of people dancing in a club, and two of the interiors of Opal in Edinburgh

    03. Opal

    51a George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HT Tel: 0131 226 2275 | www.opallounge.co.uk

    This luxury and subterranean style bar and night club is hugely popular.

    They’ve hosted a huge range of celebrities over the years – including the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, the Made in Chelsea cast, and even Prince Wills and Harry. It’s seriously exclusive, with a Dom Perignon VIP Lounge, Den Bar – the busiest VIP bar – the Sunken Lounge, and the Studio. This is the main dance floor, boasting epic resident DJs. It’s open ‘til 3am every day, and it has posh/trash/rich/student vibe – it basically suits everyone in the group. The cocktail menu is massive, and they even serve champagne worth over £1300…

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 21:00 - 03:00

  • The exterior of The Standing Order in Edinburgh, three bar staff pulling pints and the interiors of the bar

    04. The Standing Order

    62-66 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR Tel: 0131 225 4460 | www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/all-pubs/scotland/edinburgh/the-standing-order-edinburgh

    This is the busiest Wetherspoons in the capital.

    It’s set in a grand, Grade A listed Georgian building - named after its original use as a Union Bank for Scotland. At the end of the bar, there’s even a huge statue of a man in a suit, carrying a briefcase. The Standing Order’s central location, fantastically priced food and drink, and amazing neo-classical grandeur and interior means the bar gets busy quickly – especially during big sporting events.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 01:00

  • A tiled image of the interiors of Candy Bar & Kitchen, including an illuminated retro C on the wall

    05. Candy Bar & Kitchen

    113-115 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN Tel: 0131 225 9179 | www.candybaredinburgh.co.uk

    If you want candy, you’ve come to the right place.

    Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Candy Bar and Kitchen offers a delicious medley of superfood salads, perfectly grilled burgers and sizzling fajitas. And, with a license until 1am, it’s a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat, and start a night out in Auld Reekie. The interiors are flirty and fun – with brightly coloured furniture, and jars of sweets lining the walls.

    With a whopping drinks menu – including spirits, shooters, fizz and over 100 cocktails – you’re sure to have a cracking night here. There’s even a resident DJ who’ll blast out the biggest and best tunes; the perfect backdrop to your celebratory evening shenanigans.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 01:00

  • A tiled image of people dancing in Lulu Club, some bottles of Grey Goose vodka lined up and the interiors of Lulu, Edinburgh

    06. Lulu

    125b George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN Tel: 0131 225 5005 | www.luluedinburgh.co.uk

    Georgian elegance meets the 21st century.

    This seriously trendy venue is underground, just below the popular Tigerlily, and it even features a classic Saturday Night Fever dance floor – perfect for hen groups looking for the cheese factor. This place also has plush VIP areas, bright red booths and even Swarovski crystals embedded in the walls. It’s exclusive and chic, hosting club nights such as the notorious Dirty Sexy. The music is generally chart, house and RnB, and it's open 'til 3am every night of the week – it’s the perfect place to see-off your single years.

    George Street is alive with activity 24/7 - if you like what you see, why not take a look at the fabulous hen weekend packages in Edinburgh that we offer.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 22:00 - 03:00

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