Ah, The Wee Red Bar. I went there all the time in my first year of university. It’s a great alternative to the usual big, meat-market clubs (although these can be good depending on the crowd), and entry prices are far better too.
Tucked to one side of the Edinburgh College of Art courtyard, the Wee Red Bar is a small venue that holds club nights for more niche music, drawing an ‘alternative’ crowd of students and artsy types. Just roll up in your t-shirt and jeans and have a good time, and if you want a good conversation, go out for a smoke or breath of air when it’s busy. I’ve met quite a few interesting characters lingering outside.
Club night highlights include ‘Mjölk’, which plays Swedish Indie Pop alongside 60’s and 70’s classics, and ‘The Egg’, also playing Indie but with more retro garage-rock vibes, with some Motown and soul thrown in for the hell of it. On a good night the DJs pack the place out, people starting to arrive in numbers around midnight.
The venue hosts gigs from various bands, so keep an eye on their website for when you’re in Edinburgh. Keep in mind however that anyone can hire the venue, so the quality varies quite a bit. Happy dancing!