Burns night 2020: 5 of the best suppers, brunches and events happening in Edinburgh this month

It's almost time to celebrate Rabbie Burns' birthday so why not book one of these fab Burns night events?

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th January 2020, 4:00 pm
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If you enjoy eating haggis, neeps and tatties, drinking a dram or two and ceilidh dancing then book one of these Burns night events that are being held all over Edinburgh to celebrate our National Bard’s birthday, which falls on the 25th January.

A Burns supper like no other

(24th & 25th January; Wedgwood the Restaurant 267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ)

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After last year's sell out success, Wedgwood are once again teaming up with The Real Mary King's Close to create a night like no other.

Guests to both nights can look forward a three course meal, Burns poetry and a trip to The Real Mary King's Close for a guided tour of the preserved streets under Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

The evening will finish with a dram of whisky in the Burgh Courtroom, where guests can raise a glass to our national bard.

Tickets are priced at £59 and more info and booking is available here.

Burns vs event and Burns brunch

(16 January; Innis & Gunn Brewery Taproom, 81-83 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9AW)

To celebrate Burns night, Innis & Gunn vs night will be dedicated to all things Scottish with an evening of Innis & Gunn Beer vs Highland Park Whisky vs MacSween's Haggis.

At each round diners will be presented with a beer, a whisky, and a haggis dish, which they will then vote each one out of 10.

There will be four rounds in total, then at the end of the night the team will announce an overall winner. Will it be beer, whisky or haggis?

Tickets are priced at £25 (plus booking fee) and include 4 x half pints of Innis & Gunn beer, 4 x different Highland Park whiskies or whisky-based cocktails and 4 x courses using haggis.

The Taproom will also be hosting a Burns brunch on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January from 11am-5pm.

Guests can look forward to a main dish from the special Burn brunch menu and two drinks from a selection of whiskies, gins, beer, cocktails and soft drinks.

Tickets are £15 and more info is available here.

The Ghillie Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience

(17-26th January; 2 Rutland St, Edinburgh EH1 2AD)

This spectacular Capital location is set to run a Rabbie Burns experience over two weekends in January.

Guests will be greeted with a dram on arrival before being seated for a Burns supper which includes dishes such as Isle of Arran haggis and traditional raspberry cranachan.

The haggis will be piped in before the traditional toast is recited.

Traditional live folk music will be played throughout the meal with the finale being a ceilidh afterwards.

Tickets are £47.95 and available to book here.

Burns Supper

(24 & 25 January; Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ)

Get dressed up in your finest and step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for an evening celebrating our national poet.

Guests will be welcomed on board (via a red carpet) by Britannia’s piper before sitting down to a four course meal served in the State Dining Room by the yacht’s butlers.

The dinner will be prepared by executive chef Mark Alston and his team in the original Royal Galleys. After dinner a whisky tasting will take place in the State Drawing Room.

Tickets are priced at £210 and includes a drinks and canape reception, dinner and a highlights tour, and available to buy here.

Burns Night at Leith Arches

(25 Janaury; 6 Manderston Street, Edinburgh EH6)

Head down to Leith Arches for a laid-back Burns night filled with good food and music to fit the mood.

Tickets, priced at £13.52, are on sale now and include a guaranteed seat, a nip of whisky on arrival and traditional Scottish dishes such as haggis and stovies.