Edinburgh Hogmanay: Best places to celebrate

How will you celebrate? Picture: Donald MacLeod
How will you celebrate? Picture: Donald MacLeod
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WHERE will you be when the bells sound the new year?

There are just days to go until 2014, but many of us are undecided on how to welcome 
it.

If you are not heading to the Princes Street party, or attending a cosy house gathering, here are some ideas to give you inspiration.

THE QUEEN’S HALL

It is all about tradition on Clerk Street. Guests should expect live ceilidh music, a piper at midnight, a haggis supper and a dram on arrival. Afore The Bells runs from 9pm with tickets priced at £45.

Visit www.thequeenshall.net or call 0131-668 2019 for more information.

THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS

Guests are invited to the George Street attraction for a night of live music and dancing. Entertainment comes from ceilidh and Motown bands. A glass of Rocco fizz will greet every guest on arrival and there will also be big screens showing all the outdoor action from Princes Street. The event runs from 8pm-1am with tickets ranging from £65-£90. For full details visit www.edinburghhogmanay.com or call 0131-629 6003.

THE JAZZ BAR

It does exactly what it says on the tin – a Hogmanay packed with live jazz music at this popular Chambers Street venue. The night includes music from the attraction’s five-piece party band, with sets from Capital singer Lorna Reid and much more. Guests will receive a drink on arrival and a snack after midnight. Tickets cost £19 and the show runs from 9pm-5am. Visit www.thejazzbar.co.uk or call 0131-220 4298.

THE CORN EXCHANGE

More than 1000 revellers are expected to turn out to the Chesser venue. The Hogmanay line-up includes the return of the Scott Leslie ceilidh band, DJ Scott, live pipes and drums plus a cabaret performance from Paolo Martini. Bookings also include reserved seating and a haggis supper. Tickets cost £42-£52. For more information, and timings, call 0131-443 0404 or visit www.edinburghcornexchange.com.

THE CAVES

Niddry Street South on New Year’s Eve will be bass heavy when Wee Dub Hogmanay comes to town. A night of international roots, featuring Dreadzone Soundsystem and guests. The night runs 10pm-5am and tickets cost £19-£28. Call 0131-557 8989 or visit www.thecavesedinburgh.com.

THE PICTURE HOUSE

The Lothian Road venue will be transformed into a New Orleans-style street carnival for the Mardi Gras at Midnite Hogmanay party. Expect dancers, extravagance and live music. The show runs 10.30pm-4am and tickets are £15. Call 0844 847 1740 or visit www.mamacolive.com/thepicturehouse.

CABARET VOLTAIRE

If you are into live disco, funk or house music, head to the Blair Street attraction. Gasoline Dance Machine Hogmanay will combine all of the above, led by Cheap Picasso and guests Medlar and KRL. Tickets are £15 and the show runs from 10pm-5am. Call 0131-247 4704 or visit www.thecabaretvoltaire.com.

SUMMERHALL

Just off the Meadows, the former Dick Vet School building will come alive with acrobatic dancers, DJs, live music and more. Cocktails and a hog roast will be served in the courtyard. If you fancy HOG-manay, call 0845 874 3001 or visit www.summerhall.co.uk. Tickets cost £30-£35 and the event runs from 9pm-3am.

THE VOODOO ROOMS

The West Register Street nightclub will be bopping to the Vegas beat when live big band tunes, showgirls, cabaret and burlesque come together to bring in 2104. Vegas – The Grand Hogmanay Ball runs from 9pm-3am with tickets priced at £25. Visit www.thevoodoorooms.com or call 0131-556 7060 for details.