Edinburgh is a city of nearly half a million people, and that means there are certainly venues for its resident gays. Edinburgh may not have a “gayborhood” really, but its gay bars all seem to be centered in a specific area referred to as “the Pink Triangle.” It’s a collection of clubs and eateries along Leith Walk near the eastern edge of New Town. The area’s somewhat a combination of The Castro and Chelsea, and each venue offers something unique. All are within walking distance making it convenient for dinner and drinks before going dancing!
Pubs are very popular in the UK, and Edinburgh is of course no exception. The Street and the Regent are the traditional pubs, with good food and real ale. The funky gays seeks out the four shabby-chic pillars of Victoria Bar, Boda Bar, Sofi’s Bar, and Joseph Pearce which are all on or near Leith Walk. For a late night out, bounce over to recently-refurbished CC Blooms or the massive GHQ. There are also plenty of queer nights at different places, so keep an eye out for the gay listings section of The List magazine.
The local Pride festivities take place in May, but every year Edinburgh switches off with nearby Glasgow to host it. It happens to be a great time to visit the area, and a perfect excuse to go see another one of Scotland’s fantastic destinations!