A firm favourite with local bands and punters alike, Bannermans is a laid-back bar tucked away semi-underground on Edinburgh's Cowgate. Boasting an extensive and varied gig schedule – indeed, the venue promises live music six nights a week – they're firm supporters of local talent, often looking for bands to fill regular slots. Bannermans also produce an annual series of compilation CDs featuring bands who've graced their stage, which are available for free at the bar and various places across the city. Yep, pretty committed to that whole thing.
Karaoke Tuesdays and Open Mic Sundays are firm favourites with the regulars, with hot food, real ale and an eclectic whisky collection on hand to keep you fuelled - or at least lubricated. Bonuses include cheap pool and good banter from a (broadly) rock and indie crowd. The mirrored toilets may well make you regret that last flaming sambuca, but what's an embarrassing walk into a solid object between friends, eh?
Eldorado10:00pm – 11:00pm, £7Bannermans
Madrid-born and based rock'n'rollers founded by bass player Cesar Sanchez and guitarist Nano Paramio.
Punk Picnictimes vary, prices varyBannermans
Weekend-long punk session playing out at suitably noisy levels.
October Ends10:00pm – 11:00pm, £5Bannermans
Newcastle-based metalcore unit finally in possession of their debut LP.
Negura Bunget8:00pm – 11:00pm, £13 (£11)Bannermans
The Transilvanian black metalers male their Bannermans return.
Kory Clarke6:00pm – 11:00pm, £17 (£15)Bannermans
The Warrior Soul frontman takes to the road solo, stripping the rock sounds back to their bare bones.
Supercharger10:00pm – 11:00pm, £10 (£8)Bannermans
Copenhagen turbo rock'n'rollers known for their energetic live performances.
Spudstoc 118:00pm – 11:00pm, £6Bannermans
All-day metal event for your general tinnitus-inducing pleasure.
Me and Deboe6:00pm – 11:00pm, £5Bannermans
Fledgling UK duo mixing rock, folk, blues and classical sounds.
Hannah in the Warstimes vary, prices varyvarious venues
New Zealand-born, London-based singer/songwriter Hannah Curwood and co.
Common Ground8:00pm – 11:00pm, £5Bannermans
Raw young quintet rising from Kilwinning's post industrial landscape.