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Whistle Binkies

Address: Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #8 of 193 Nightlife in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Nightlife
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: Friendly pub featuring live music.
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Nightlife
Activities: Nightlife
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am
Owner description: Friendly pub featuring live music.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Read great reviews on TA so decided to give it a try. Easy to find just off the Royal Mile. Visited on a Sunday and Monday night. Great bands on the Sunday but not so much on the Monday. A varied mix of people so should suit everyone. A must if you enjoy live music.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Visited with friends and everything was what you wanted in a live music bar. Great cover band performing for first time and the crowd all engaged, not looking for a scrap. Drinks could have been cheaper but you cannot complain with the array of beers they had on.

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Hong Kong, China
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We heard about the live bands and thought to check it out when we visited the city. Turns out it is very close to the centre and wasn't hard to find at all. Not a big place at all but it was adequate. Music and atmosphere was great but drinks were a bit on the pricey side. Think cocktail bar... More 

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Peterlee, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Great bar with free live music. Excellent vibe and atmosphere and reasonable priced drinks (and good choice) Venues like this should be really encouraged as there are few places for young and coming bands to play and for people to experience different genres of music which there would not ordinarily listen to. We say 2 bands on a Saturday night,... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Had heard good things about this bar but both times I went it was poor. Shady looking crowd in sports trousers all over the bar. Live music was ok, but the drinks were very expensive and service was poor from grumpy staff.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Been here loads always live music and nice beer selection. Music is free but drink prices include a little bit extra to cover that but still reasonable for the city centre .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had a brilliant night here, the live music and great atmosphere was very fun. This was the perfect place to meet locals and make friends with them, and not pricey at all

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This place is right up my street. Was so glad I found it. I was in Edinburgh for 3 nights and found myself in this establishment for all of them. Not nightcluby at all but you don't get kicked out until 3am. Brilliant. Sunday the 16th was my favourite night. Can't remember the names but they had two bands that... More 

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Nice pub that is way larger than it looks from the outside. We visited with a group of 9 guys and had a great time. Nice live music. Little pricey and bar is not very fast when it's busy, but nevertheless will recommend it to anyone going to Edinburgh :)

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Hyderabad, India
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

In the next lane to St. Gile's cathedral, Whistle binkies is an old but one of the best pubs in the town. I thought to give it a try based on reviews on TA, and boy did I mention that we were 'indulged' in the atmosphere beneath! My expectations were not that high in terms of performances/live bands but guess... More 

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