LNOF Guide to Edinburgh
Old pubs, new clubs and tonnes of tradition.
Watched over by its towering castle, Edinburgh is a heady mix of character, tradition and mayhem. The city is split into the New Town and Old Town, with the latter chock full of authentic Scottish alehouses and famous for its notorious Grassmarket drinking district. There’s no question that this area is the Old Town’s nightlife headquarters, with stunning restaurants and old-school pubs lining the cobbled streets. Under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle is The Last Drop, a brilliant little boozer, steeped in Scottish tradition. Very popular with both locals and tourists alike, this pub is a sterling spot for a few laughs and a wee dram of whisky.
New Town is the crazy younger brother of the Old Town; it’s brash, loud and the centre of the party – a stag haven with cobblestones. From the uber-stylish Shanghai club to the exclusive Silk lounge to the electro Why Not venue - you’ll find everything you’ll ever need on your last night of freedom here. The notorious Rose Street is also a great place for an Edinburgh stag, with many real ale venues and quirky, traditional pubs.
Me and the lads went to The Three Sisters in Grassmarket to watch the rugby on my stag do, then hit the pubs on Rose Street. It was class.
The legendary clubs and old-fashioned watering holes are a full-on experience throughout the year, but Edinburgh is particularly buzzing in August. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts festival, sees the city come alive as thousands descend on the Scottish capital and turn the streets into one huge stage, with comedy, theatre, food and street art shows the order of the day.
Thanks in no small part to the huge array on offer at The Fringe, the city has one of the best provisions of comedy in the UK. Venues like The Stand are hallowed turf where the biggest names in comedy have trodden the boards and brought the house down. We can pre-arrange entry and food for you and the guys at a top notch Edinburgh laughterhouse, making your plans much simpler and staving off any worries about where to head.
It’s not just the pubs and festivals that make this the ultimate stag weekend destination. The pubs are homely, the haggis is delicious and the whisky is sensational. You won’t find a better hangover cure than a breakfast of neeps and tatties followed by a whisky tasting tour. If you really want to blow the cobwebs out then some of the best white water rafting in the country is available up in the highlands, or activities like quad biking, paintball and ‘mini highland games’ are available in the surrounding countryside. We can promise you one thing, lads; your Edinburgh stag weekend is sure to be unforgettable.