If you’re into the idea of going clubbing, but you don’t like house music, then Opium might be the perfect compromise for you.
No city is without its dark, dirty, rock and roll club, and Edinburgh’s most popular one is Opium. The drinks are cheap, the bar staff are heavily tattooed, and the music is usually very loud.
Opium is on two floors, the downstairs is more like a normal bar with pool tables, table football, and places to sit, whereas upstairs has a very small (and at weekends, usually very sweaty) dance floor. I have been going to Opium very regularly (although not as often as I used to now, usually just for a birthday or some other big night out) since 2004, and I don’t think that the playlist upstairs has changed since then. The music tends to be heavy metal bands from between the early 80s and 2001. If you’re in your mid-twenties or older, it tends to be a bit of a nostalgia trip. The playlist downstairs tends to be far more tolerable than the one upstairs, unless you’re a Rammstein fan (and who is these days!?).
Opium is open until 03:00 every night. It has become quite popular with people who don’t like nightclubs but don’t want to go home. So if you fancy reliving your alt-rock youth, and don’t mind the bar being very busy, it’s the best place to finish a night!