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Whistle Binkies

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #10 of 192 Nightlife in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Nightlife
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Owner description: Friendly pub featuring live music.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

OK, So it isn't the cheapest for drinks (I'm sure the prices go up in the evening!) but I guess that kind of levels out with the fact that you get to see live bands for free. I agree with other reviewers in that you don't get much interaction or banter from the staff here, unless you are a regular... More

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Paris, France
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27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Being only a tourist I can not really tell what kind of music is usually being played here... but the night we went there there was this cool band playing good old rock n roll tunes. The place is bigger than you might think standing just outside...but when you get to the basement your eyes open to this old underground... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Brilliant bands, great atmosphere and reasonably priced drinks for the area. Highly recommend a visit! Try to get there early to get a seat near the stage, and take cotton wool for your ears....

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Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Lovely staff & customers, mainly student-looking - We're 41 but they didn't seem bothered that we were a lot older than most of them. The band played various indie & soft rock music and the place had a friendly, energetic vibe.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Lovely old pub with a great vibe. staff are friendly. we visited this pub during the Fringe Festival for some drinks and watched some comedy acts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Quite liked it - lots of live music, the crowd is very mixed by age and looks but everyone seems to be having fun! We were here during the festival period though, so don't know how busy it really is during normal days.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Amazing pub on the Royal Mile with live bands all day and into the early hours ! Reasonably priced for area with cheap bottles and shots of Jager at £2 !! Staff were very friendly and attentive, the door staff were not your average meat heads but actually friendly and good fun. We ended up here most nights of our... More

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