A Midweek Live Music Night Out In Edinburgh In Four Hours
I hear it all the time when I ask people if they are going to a gig, especially midweek. ” I can’t I am working till 6″, “I don’t have the time tonight” or “I have too much on”. I was challenged to have a night out in Edinburgh that took in some food, drinks and live music. So last week after work I went for it. The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. If you are reading this as you are visiting Edinburgh then have a look at hotels in Edinburgh.
Going out midweek to see live music shouldn’t take 6-8 hours. The fact that most of the live music venues in Edinburgh have 10pm curfews means that you can easily be back home by 10:30pm. Last Thursday I was working until 6pm in Leith. The gig doors opened at 7 and the first band would be on at 7:30pm (I don’t like missing the support bands, as you ever know who you could be seeing) so for a pre-gig dinner, I decided to check out Razzo Pizza which has just opened on Great Junction Street. There are plenty of options for seats. You can have a more traditional table or there are bar stools at higher raised tables for a more casual experience. This place doesn’t have a license to sell alcohol but they are more than happy for you to bring your own. We were sat down and our order was taken very quickly and after about 10 minutes our pizza arrived. I opted for a Parma Ham pizza and it really was great. Priced at only £8 you are talking about £4 cheaper than the other pizza places in Leith & Edinburgh but with no less quality. I really liked this place and feel it will be my go-to when needing a quick bite to eat in the Leith area.
6:45pm and successfully fed so we have time to walk to Sneaky Pete’s for the gig. Taking a walk up Leith Walk, there are a number of bars you can pop into on a night out. No longer is this part of Leith the perfect setting for Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. My favourite bars on the way up include The Mousetrap, The Brig Bar (who do a cracking midweek steak deal). The Leith Depot (who have live music on most nights) and The Bier Hoose on the boundary between Edinburgh and Old Leith.
So we have arrived at Sneaky Pete’s in plenty of time for the support band, who tonight are Glasgow punk band, Fiendz. The best thing about live music in Edinburgh is that you always bump into someone you know at these things. So even going to a gig on your own is an option if you are still getting the excuses mentioned at the start of this article.
Fiendz were great but the real reason Sneaky’s is jam-packed tonight is to see Bristol’s Heavy Lungs fronted by Danny Nedelko (if you know, you know) and they did not disappoint. 45 minutes of raw punk music that had the whole crowd bouncing from start to finish. AT 10pm the gig was done and it was home time for me, however, if you are looking for some post-gig drinks Edinburgh offers a number of places for this. Opium is right next door to Sneaky Pete’s so it a regular stop for me after a show
So that was it, a Thursday night with food, a few beers and some live music all done between 6pm – 10pm and I was up for work early on Friday.