14 unforgettable Edinburgh nightclubs that we still miss today
We've compiled a list of Edinburgh nightclubs from years gone by – places that will leave you feeling nostalgic for those carefree days of youth.
By Gary Flockhart
Wednesday, 22nd July 2020, 12:30 pm
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Take a look through these pictures and let the memories come flooding back.
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.
Pictured in April 2004, Faith nightclub in the Cowgate was located in a former church. Later became Sin. It's now the site of Stramash, a 900-capacity late night music venue and diner split over two floors with three bars.
Tuesday night was "Shagtag" night at Gaia on King's Stables Road, just off the Grassmarket. In this picture, revellers can be seen try their pulling power on the dancefloor on 17 May 2000.
The crowd bust out some moves on the dancefloor at Opal Lounge, George Street, 27 October 2006. Opal Lounge is now known as Eastside.
Honeycomb nightclub, Niddry Street, 27 September 2006. The venue is now known as Hive.
Saturday night revellers throwing shapes on the dancefloor at Eros Elite, Fountainbridge, 2 September 2000.
Establishment at 3 Semple street. The nightclub vanished in 2009 when the area was redeveloped for new offices.
Salsa dancing and fiery rhythms at Sigo, Cowgate, 28 March 2000. Siglo was also a disco-pub that opened until the wee small hours of the morning. Today, it is a trendy pub/restaurant called OX184.
The original Bongo Club was situated in a rather non-descript brick building next to New Street bus depot. Here it is pictured on 6 January 2000. It has since been demolished, but the Bongo Club lives on at 66 Cowgate. In between the years it was situated on Holyrood Road.
Stag-party revellers dance at the Revolution Club on Lothian Road, June 29, 2001. Is that Ali G dancing with Agnetha and Frida from Abba? Revolution is no longer a nightclub and has since been transformed into Wetherspoon gastro pub Caley Picture House.
Massa nightclub on Market Street, July 1, 2003. Latterly known as Electric Circus before closing permanently. This was also once the site for the iconic 80s nightclub Buster Browns.
Venue opened as the Jailhouse on Calton Road back in the early 1980s. During its relatively short life, it served the city exceptionally well, introducing Edinburgh punters to an eclectic mix of traditional guitar-based bands and electronic acts before closing in 2006. Nirvana famously once played here.
Subway on Lothian Road pictured in 2004. Unofficially known as "Scrubway". The nightclub later changed its name to Club Tropicana. Subway live on in the middle of Edinburgh's historic Cowgate , situated under the arches of George IV Bridge.
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.
Back in the 80s, 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.