The Edinburgh Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) scene is well established and city-wide. However, the heart of LGBT Edinburgh is around Broughton Street, in the east end of Edinburgh. Below we tell you about some of the best gay-friendly restaurants, bars, nightclubs and festivals in this fashionable and friendly gay quarter of Edinburgh

Cafes & Restaurants

Blue Moon Cafe - The Blue Moon cafe has been serving up excellent food for many years now. The menu is uncomplicated and satisfying, which keeps people coming back time and time again. The atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and vibrant. There's also a fun children's menu for the little ones.

Cafe Nom De Plume - The beef goulash is superb as is the veggie puff-pastry pies. This cosy venue is a great place to hang out for hours, trying out their bottled beers and feeling comforted by the food.


The Street - a landmark pub in Edinburgh, if you can see The Street then you know you are near all the action. Great bar with large floor to ceiling windows to help watch the world go by. There's often some great drinks promotions, and there's more entertainment downstairs.

Cafe Habana - this is the bar that all those getting dragged along to the theatre wish they were going to instead. From the outside you can just tell everyone inside is having great fun. Once you're in, things are as you expected. This place is always lively, entertaining and offers some great deals on drinks

Elbow Bar & Kitchen - further down past Broughton Street on East Claremount Street you'll find the Elbow Bar & kitchen. Inside the bar is uber stylish and very friendly. The kitchen and bistro serve up some amazing cuisine and at very attractive prices. The bar prides itself on its wide range of fun and cool cocktails.

Priscilla's -  there's always something fun going on at Priscilla's down Leith Walk. The cocktail menu is extensive and the staff are very helpful and welcoming. They do great food here and the portion size is enormous. Priscilla's also sponsor a local football team if you want to get involved.


CC Blooms - this is the grand daddy of gay nightclubs in Edinburgh. It's open every night, it's free to get in and there is always a drinks offer on the go. In the summer, when the sun does appear, you can sit out at the front of the bar and enjoy the sights. It's not ultra stylish inside or out,  but it is great fun.

GHQ - GHQ is a much more stylish affair. The music is eclectic and can be enjoyed 7 nights of the week - there's a different theme every night. There's a relaxing bar/lounge, a full on dance area and chill out rooms to escape for a moment. GHQ is where celebs come to to their PAs in Edinburgh.


Edinburgh holds a fantastic annual gay pride march called Pride Scotia - it's usually held around May time. There's also the BearScotFest in October that may be your thing.


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