Edinburgh Recommends: Best live music venues

Bannerman's. Picture: Craig Stephen

Bannerman's. Picture: Craig Stephen

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No-one knows a city better than the people who live and work in it. That’s the best coffee shops, the best bars, the best independent stores and the best places for brunch.

Guide books are useful for visitors, but for locals it is word of mouth that gives the latest and most reliable information. As part of Edinburgh Recommends, the News is asking you to recommend your favourite places.

We will publish the best, with the top recommendation winning dinner for two, or tickets to a show or attraction, or £40 of shopping vouchers. Each week, in association with This Is Edinburgh – the campaign that highlights the huge amount on offer in Edinburgh city centre – we will choose a category and ask for your suggestions.

So get recommending on our website – edinburghnews.com – and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We also want your comments on what others say – do you agree with the list of best views or best bars? Get in touch.

YOU’LL ALWAYS BE HOME MALONES . .

Jen Bell: “Deffo Malones, Irish pub on Forrest Road. Amazing banter from the staff, electric atmosphere, food and drinks to suit everyone and they host bands to suit everyone’s taste! HEAD ALONG!!”

SAVED BY THE SANDY BELL’S

Bill Simpson: “Sandy Bell’s has great pints, whisky and an atmosphere to boot with brilliant live music.”

THE MIGHTY OAK

Eileen McGee: “The Royal Oak in Infirmary Street has an amazing open mic, where everyone from fiddlers to flautists perform. You get such a varied selection of singers with all sorts of music from pop to folk all in the space of a couple of hours!”

THERE’S SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM

Edward Erdmännchen: “Queen’s Hall – great venue, staff and beer at pub prices. Caves – atmospheric venue, but not many gigs and beer is pricey and poor selection, no real ale. Jazz Bar – not just jazz, roots night and acoustic Edinburgh are both excellent. The Soundhouse Organisation should be good when open, as is Dougie’s hoose of course.”

SPECIALIST TASTE

Lauren Christina Wilson: “Wherever Andy Chung is playing is the best in toon.”

THINK BINKIES FOR MUSIC AND DRINKIES

Stuart Stott: “Whistlebinkies has live music seven nights a week 5pm-2am, and an updated sound system and backline giving the best for both bands and punters. A true rock ‘n’ roll pub.”

GETS JUICES FLOWING

La Lune: “Well, for a wee corner of heaven try the first Sunday of each month – ska Sunday – at the Citrus Club. Brilliant local band Big Fat Panda performs and it also hosts guest bands and DJs. It’s like the clubs of old; wee, dark, dingy, reminiscent of the Cavern where The Beatles played. I’ve just been once and my hubby’s been a few times. I absolutely loved it. Had a BALL!”

CLASSICAL JAZZ IS A SHORE THING

Caroline Currie: “Shore Bar on a Sunday afternoon: classical jazz . . . brilliant.”

RAB’S BAND ARE BEST BAR NONE

Maggie Packwood: “Saturday afternoon, 4ish at Bannerman’s. Watch The Rab Howat Band. No competition.”

VOODOO ROOMS CASTS A MAGICAL SPELL

Susan Wilson: “Voodoo Rooms! Saw Blue Rose Code play there last week - amazing!!! What an atmosphere for such a wee venue – highly recomm-ended!!!!”

BIG FAN OF THE POET AND DON’T YOU KNOW IT

Archie Kerr: “Best place in Edinburgh for live music is the Blind Poet. Live music seven days a week and Saturday and Sunday sessions to boot. Music of all types and all free.”

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Margaret Brown: “Bannerman’s in the Cowgate is one of the best live music venues in Edinburgh, particularly on a Saturday – come 4pm the Rab Howat Band start and for two hours give a varied and powerful set. It is a cave-like venue and you leave blinking in the daylight and having completely forgot it is the afternoon!! Amazing venue.”