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Whistle Binkies

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Address: Edinburgh, Scotland
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:00 am
Activities: Nightlife
Description: Friendly pub featuring live music.

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A great find for enjoying live music in Edinburgh!

We were two couples visiting Edinburgh and did not plan to, but went to Whistle Binkies three nights in a row. We stayed in a hotel close by, and really enjoyed the atmosphere... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Trondheim, Norway
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Trondheim, Norway
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were two couples visiting Edinburgh and did not plan to, but went to Whistle Binkies three nights in a row. We stayed in a hotel close by, and really enjoyed the atmosphere here and the choice of songs, a lot from the 70's - at least when we visited. Lots of different beers, and sticky floors on the last... More 

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Imola, Italy
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Went there with some friends and it was the best atmosphere ever, the one I was looking for.... Great live rock music, people dancing, drinking or just chatting, all having a good time, loved it!

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

A perfect venue for live music! Set in one of the old town vaults it's also got a ghostly feel to it. Had a great night.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Probably one of the highlights of our visit to Edinburgh. Good music nice bar and good crowd. We were there quite late on a Saturday night. The place was absolutely packed with everyone having a great time. make sure to get one of those stamps if you have to leave the place for a bit. The door is a bit... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Had a fantastic night in here monday 6th april whilst on a short break with the wife.The manager jim was a star great craic and extra helpful.Live music every night,relaxed atmosphere and decent beer,cracking night out will be first stop for a night out when we return

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Scotland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We went to Whistlebinkies 2 nights in a row on a Friday and Saturday night and had a blast. The venue is such a surprise with a small entrance on the main road and a cavernous bar and venue downstairs. The bands that were on were superb and with different changes in music every couple of hours, it never got... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Old timesy affair tucked away below street level. Offering a great range of malts and bottled craft beer (some local) live music and gigs in some nights (Mon/Tues) so plan around that if you want to chat and drink

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Wallisellen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If you like Live Rock Music and a great Atmosphere with funny friendly people from all over the World, i`d strongly recommend this Bar. You can dance, drink, meet People and have a unforgetable evening. Nothing for Snobs :) One thing to improve, is the Volume. Sometimes it was simply too loud and you are not able to dance anymore,... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The first time I went into binkies, it was empty. But I still had a good time drinking Guinness consecutively. I've been back a few times since then. Every time I go is a good laugh. Whether it's the bar staff dicking around or the doormen are throwing people out. It's always funny. Drinks are good. Bar staff are relatively... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great spot but a little hidden. Had a couple of great live bands on, and drinks were cheap. Cool little underground spot.

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Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.