Clubs may not be Edinburgh’s primary claim to fame, and the city has on occasion been compared unfavourably to its much more MWI neighbour, Glasgow. Look beyond the west coast comparisons, though, and you’ll still find plenty of places catering to all types of musical tastes. There are plenty of cheesy nightspots punting luminous shots to students and Saturday night drinkers, but the more discerning clubber will be able to find long-running local nights focussing on techno, electro, reggae, drum 'n' bass.
One of the most striking things about Edinburgh clubs is how many of them are housed in medieval vaults, many of which are reputed to have been bricked up to contain plague victims (some still living). The Caves is just such a club, as is Cabaret Voltaire on Blair St. Around the Old Town you’ll find the Bongo Club (a multi arts space with nights from hip hop to soul to reggae), La Belle Angele (recently reopened after burning down in 2002), the small but perfectly formed Sneaky Pete’s and the Liquid Room, which hosts bigger name DJs and much-loved club series like Nightvision.