Heriot Watt University nightlife

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Heriot Watt University nightlife


Going out in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is such an amazing city. It’s Scotland’s cultural, business and political hub. With so many students in Edinburgh (there are 4 universities including Heriot-Watt) there is a thriving student nightlife scene. You’ll soon discover your favourite place to head but for now here are some suggestions to get you started:

WhyNot?  George Street
So first of all before you think you’re hilariously originally the joke ‘Should we go to Whynot tonight?…Oh WhyNot!” has already been made a 1000 times. WhyNot is located on Edinburgh’s George Street which is parallel to Princes Street (right next to Princes Street Gardens and where you get amazing views of the Castle, it’s a great central point if you get lost). George Street is Edinburgh’s premium shopping, bar and club street with loads of the exclusive venues here.

WhyNot is an award winning venue with awards such as Scottish Best Nightclub 2016 under its belt. It’s a classy place with four main areas including an LED room, main dancefloor, outside shisha heated garden with DJ and ‘The Gallery’ which you can hire privately.

Class factor:        *****
Best night for students: Flare Mondays (£1 Sambuca & Tequila, £1.50 vodka/gin/rum mixer)

Silk  King Stables Road, Grassmarket
Located down in the city’s lively Grassmarket area which is home to some of Edinburgh’s best independent shops, restaurants, as well as a collection of bars. Silk nightclub has three different floors and £1 drinks on a Thursday so it’s sure to be a messy one. Be warned it does get pretty stuffy in here unless you find that sweet spot on the main dancefloor with the fan.

Class factor:        ***
Best night for students: Thursday (Zian)

The Hive, Niddry Street
Hive is somewhat of an Edinburgh institution. It’s opened 365 days a week…yes even Christmas day if turkey and your family isn’t your thing. It’s sticky and sweaty yet we do kind of love it. Don’t ask why but you’ll often end up in Hive, it just kind of happens that you get sucked in. Don’t wear your best dress or top out here, but if you’re just looking for cheap drinks and a carefree fun atmosphere then Hive is the place for you. They have a “Cocktail Bar” (if Blue WKD + Port counts as a cocktail), 2 bars and 2 dance floors.  Just wait until ‘Hive til Five’ kicks in during the Festival and over the Festive period where it’s open until you guessed it, 5am!

Class factor:        **
Best night for students: Any night! (Sunday-Wednesday £1 drinks/£1.50 on Fri & Sat; Cocktail of the week £2.50).

Shanghai, George Street
Also located on Edinburgh George’s Street. At the time of writing it’s Heriot-Watt Sport Union’s official club on a Wednesday so you can look forward to free entry. Shanghai is actually closed just now for a full refurbishment but it’s due to re-open in September so keep an eye out. This place is the best when it’s rammed full of Heriot-Watt students as you’ll soon hear our famous university chant “You Watt…You Watt…I said you Watt you Watt…”

Class factor: ****
Best night for students: Wednesday (Heriot-Watt night, at the time of writing)

Cav, Tollcross
Or if you’re feeling extra classy, you could use the full name of The Cavendish. First of all, Cav is pretty massive. There’s a large main chandelier laden floor as well as the incredible old school multi-coloured disco floor ‘cheese floor’ upstairs. For some weird reason Cav is covered in carpets so be warned it’s a bit of a sticky experience by the end of the night with all the spilt drinks. If you want to blend in then make sure you have a VK in your hand at all times.

Class factor: ***
Best night for students: Friday (Broke)

Cab Vol (Cabaret Voltaire), Blair Street
If clubbing in a cave is your idea of fun then you’ll love Cab Vol. This edgy and cool venue with an emphasise on live music, DJs and gigs. If you’re more of a fan of house and techno then mainstream music then this is the place for you. It’s pretty dark though so maybe bring a flashlight.

Class factor: ***
Best night for students: Tuesday (Hector’s House)

Opal Lounge
Going back to George Street, Opal has a reputation as one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious and intimate nightclubs. In here you’ll even find a Dom Perignon VIP lounge for when you want to celebrate getting all A’s in first year (….well maybe) as well as a large main dancefloor. Head along on a Tuesday to Milk and you can get your hands on some tasty milkshake cocktails.

Class factor: *****
Best night for students: Tuesday/Wednesday (Milk/Mansion)

There are so many more nightclubs in Edinburgh, it’s hard to write about them all. Here’s some of the others you can check out in your own time:

  • LuLu’s, George Street
  • LoLaLols, Fredrick Street
  • Bourbon, Fredrick Street (opening soon)
  • Bongo, Cowgate
  • The Shack, Rose Street
  • Liquid Rooms, Victoria Street

Heriot Watt University nightlife

It’s not all about the sesh!
If clubbing is your idea of hell or you just fancy a chilled one then there’s plenty of other things to do at night.

Cinema – the nearest to campus by bus (34) is Cineworld at FountainPark
Comedy – check out The Stand Comedy Club on York Place
Theatre – check out the Usher Hall/Festival Theatre/Traverse Theatre
Bowling – Tenpin at FountainPark (get there by no 34 bus)
Pub quizes, games nights and more – check out the Student Union

Going out in the Borders

Warehouse nightclub, Overhaugh Street – One of Scotland’s hottest new nightclubs. Head here for the biggest Saturday nights!

Indigo Rooms – don’t miss out on free entry with your student ID if you get in before 11pm! This is the place to be on a Thursday with the Heriot-Watt student night – just £1 entry after 11pm.

Disclaimer: Club information and promotions was correct at the time of writing.  Heriot-Watt Student Union encourages responsible drinking. Remember: you don’t need to drink alcohol to have a great night.