The best venues in Edinburgh; something old, new, funky and blue?

There seem to be new Hotels planned and popping up all over Edinburgh right now.

In a city that has always combined a metropolitan feel with historical heritage and the achingly cool, it can be hard to keep track of which are right for your event.

Many event venues in Edinburgh, in fact, the UK wide, took the time to update, refurbish and spend a bit of love and attention on their space, so even those that you think you know, you may be surprised by.

We’ve been focusing on Edinburgh in April, so thought we would share some of our old favourites as well as the new ones to help you with your venue searching in Scotland’s capital.


Something old

One of our old favourites must be the Bonham Hotel Bar, which overlooks Drumsheugh Gardens, in Edinburgh’s West End. Emma admits even though she lives around the corner, she doesn’t visit often enough (isn’t that always the way when it is on your doorstep?!). It is a perfect place for a cosy drink, especially if you’ve been out for a long walk to blow away the cobwebs between Christmas and New Year.

Continuing the Christmas theme (in April, we know, sorry), The Dome’s main room is incredible at Christmas! Not just for Christmas however, as the old Physicians’ Hall on George Street has a choice of four private suites within its stunning setting, which can accommodate up to 80 people depending on your event requirements.

In our list of incredible historical buildings has to be the National Museums of Scotland due to its simply stunning Grand Hall and the recently launched Rooftops (with outdoor terrace) offers versatility for all manner of meetings and events. The museum showcases treasures from the age of dinosaurs to the technology of the future which can be incorporated into your event if you want a captivating theme or memorable setting – truly the only limit to your event in this space is your imagination!

Last but not least, bearing in mind summer nights are not always that warm, The Place is another popular venue for outdoor terrace drinks. A contemporary city-centre space, it can take large groups, so is perfect if you have a larger event planned perhaps to engage and reward staff – it also has a canopy, which means it is perfect for (almost) all weathers.

Something new

If you’re looking for something new with a view, the Nor Loft at the Market Street Hotel should be on your list. You can grab a table in the corner of the terrace and look over both Edinburgh Castle, the New Town and beyond to Leith and the Forth. With a Champagne Bar, we’ll be popping corks back there before too long to make the most of summer nights.

Everyman Cinema (St James), is a breath of fresh air for Edinburgh with its unique décor. A five-minute walk from Balmoral Hotel it has that special wow factor and you feel like a true Hollywood film star when inside – perfect for an event where you need to ensure memorability and impact way after the canapes have been consumed!

Coming Summer 2022 are a few new venues we think will be worth checking out. Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh’s St. Andrew Square will be Gleneagles’ first city hotel with 33 rooms, an all-day restaurant, a roof terrace and a members’ club.

Also, this year being created in the historic India Buildings on Victoria Street will be the £85million Virgin Hotel. Claiming to reimagine the Old Town, marrying its iconic Victorian architecture with distinctive, contemporary design this larger new venue will have 225 rooms, restaurants and bars – we’re looking forward to seeing the finished result.

Something funky, something blue?

In the’ party’ category, we can’t go without mentioning Brewhemia for their year-round themed party capabilities. Scotland’s only Beer Palace by Waverley Station perfect for team socials, post work drinks in private areas from 10 to 1000 people – they offer top-notch entertainment too.

You may have seen on our socials this month that we visited Johnnie Walker Princes Street. Currently, one of Edinburgh’s hottest destinations, their 1820 Rooftop Bar and Explorers’ Bothy offer all sorts of event options from private dining to the more informal drinks – well worth a visit just to look at the fabulous cylindrical installation!

Finally, just to throw a real curveball in for consideration, if you’re looking for something different, what about the Edinburgh Blues Club?

If any of these pique your interest, or you’d like to know more about the new venues planned for 2023 and beyond in Edinburgh, do get in touch

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