Whether you were a regular on the club scene in the ’90s, a gig-fan in the ’80s or just an occasional party-goer back in your student days, you’ve no doubt frequented at least one or two of Edinburgh’s many nightclubs over the years.
Even if your clubbing days are far behind you, you’re sure to fondly remember a few of these long-gone Edinburgh clubs.
Early ’90s clubbers will remember the Picture House on Lothian Road better as Century 2000, a club which was a bit of a dive but did a great student night every Wednesday.
One of the most popular haunts for Edinburgh clubbers in the ’90s was Wilkie House on the Cowgate, which hosted a number of regular nights as well as sets from guest DJs. It’s had several names over the years since, including Faith, Sin and now Stramash.
Red Hot Pepper Club
Now transformed into modern offices, back in the day Semple Street was home to the Red Hot Pepper Club. This was the place to be on a Friday night, plus you could head across the road and enjoy a kebab from Topkapi Kebab House on your way home.
Cav has had many names and incarnations over the years, including Clouds, Coasters, Texas, The Hoochie Coochie Club, Outer Limits, The Network and Lava & Ignite. Which one do you remember best?
The Venue was host to the legendary Edinburgh club night Pure, as well as being a gig venue for lots of great bands between the early ’80s and its closure in 2006. In its place, you’ll now find the Ingleby Gallery.
When it opened in 1999, Eros Elite at Fountainbridge was one of the largest superclubs in Europe, with 10 bars and a 2,200 person capacity between the two interlinked clubs. However it was short-lived, as the club was closed in 2003 due to shocking violence from bouncers and partygoers alike.
Back in the ’80s, what is now Electric Circus was known as Buster Brown’s. This club was the coolest place to hang out, especially as big acts like Blondie and Duran Duran were rumoured to hold their after-show parties here.
The Jaffa Cake
This venue on King’s Stables Road is another club which has changed names many times over the years, but ’90s clubbers will probably remember it best as The Jaffa Cake. They even had a brief “free bar night” phase where your entry ticket got you as many free drinks as you wanted. For reasons you can probably guess, this didn’t stick around for long.
If you were into disco and pop music in the ’80s, Cinderellas in Stockbridge was the place to go. Originally a cinema then a dancehall, the venue was transformed into Cinderellas in 1982 and, despite being a little less glamorous than its name might suggest, it remained popular until it burned down in 1991.
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