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Whistle Binkies

Edinburgh, Scotland (Cowgate)
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Ranked #9 of 191 Nightlife in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: Friendly pub featuring live music.
Attraction details
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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 reviews 4 reviews
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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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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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