The Caves

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8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh EH1 1NS Scotland
Neighborhood: 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.
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adamplant
Chesterfield, UK4 contributions
Gig Visit
Sep 2021 • Friends
Came for a gig last night, advertised doors at 7 but actually didn’t open until 7.30. The venue is nice enough as concert venues go but the bar is woefully inadequate. Not big enough and understaffed, queue came right back to the stage at one point. Wouldn’t bother again.
Written September 28, 2021
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neilrenton01
Edinburgh, UK368 contributions
Hidden Delight
Sep 2021 • Friends
I went to The Caves for a set from Kyle Falconer of The View and there’s a lot to be impressed about.

Despite being in the middle of a student location, it’s a well presented venue. For some reason I had in my head that it would be a bit of a dive where it was anything but. It’s also off the beaten track.

There’s alcoves that you need to duck and the stone floor can be slightly uneven but it’s clean and really well maintained.

When you walk in you’ll find a bar to the left. It’s well run although when busy the queue stretches back out to the walkway of the entrance and into the main hall.

In the main hall there’s stage and a decent sized space in front of it. You can also access a balcony with a viewing point overlooking the stage.

The toilets had a nice touch as they were covered in old news clippings and Oor Willie cartoons.

I’m not sure how many it can hold but there were quite a few at the event and it didn’t feel too crammed.

It’s a really unusual and quirky venue with a bit of atmosphere. You can imagine it being a decent wedding venue or party location.

I was at the back underneath one of the alcoves so the sound wasn’t as good as you’d hope or expect. When you’re attending a man event with a bit of talking and you can’t hear what’s being said it’s a bit of an issue!

Apart from that I’d go to The Caves and get myself as close to the front as possible.
Written September 16, 2021
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Amy Mohr
1 contribution
Amazing wedding venue
Apr 2021 • Couples
We had our wedding at The Caves on Friday and it was fantastic! The staff were amazing and made our day absolutely perfect. We couldn’t fault anything, the service was great, food was incredible and the venue itself is just stunning. Thank you so much for making our day all we could have wanted and more.
Written May 3, 2021
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Mark B
Burnham-On-Sea, UK6 contributions
Wildwood Kin gig
Dec 2019
Had the pleasure of seeing wildwood kin play at this atmospheric venue. Just of the royal mile and easy to find. Great place for seeing a band. Decent stocked bar, prices are a bit ouch, but to be expected i suppose for location.
Written December 20, 2019
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Mossparkdave
Glasgow, UK39 contributions
Josh Smith Gig
Mar 2019 • Friends
Great venue with a nice bar, there is a slightly whiffy drain in the middle of the venue though.! 😄
Written March 19, 2019
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A1MC3
3 contributions
Hogmanay Ceilidh
Jan 2019 • Couples
We attended the hogmanay ceilidh and were unfortunately hugely disappointed.
Firstly, the ceilidh tickets were from 9:30pm but it was only at 9:30 that guests were permitted entry, the actual ceilidh did not begin until around 10pm. Until now, I had never attended a ceilidh which did not have a live band - this was the biggest let down for us. Additionally, the space in which the ceilidh was held was far too small for the number of guests attending - on the two occasions we made it through the crowds for a dance, we had to give up mid way through as we fell over caused by it just being far too cramped and disorganised. We did not feel comfortable as there was so much shoving and pushing so we gave up trying to dance and decided just to observe from the upper floor. As it was the ceilidh that attracted us to the venue, we felt quite disappointed with our night.The music following the ceilidh was enjoyable, however.
Besides the event itself, the venue is really stunning and the staff were very approachable and friendly, its just a total shame that the ceilidh was so poor.
Written January 1, 2019
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msmileco
Wishaw, UK58 contributions
Great venue
Dec 2018 • Couples
Went here to see Aynsley Lister a fantastic blues rock guitarist and had a fantastic night. The sound quality of the gig was amazing really good atmosphere. Everyone seemed to enjoy the night. Would definitely recommend this place to see a gig.
Written December 27, 2018
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Dennis Smalley
Glasgow, UK2,959 contributions
A great place for the Troggs to play
Nov 2018 • Friends
Website fotos are deceptive. Venue looks good cos it is very well and subtlety lit. I was there to attend a concert by Dutch masters Focus. The venue is a series of historic subterranean vaulted chambers, concert sound is echoey but good. I was appalled to find that there is no seating and like in my younger years we were literally shoved in like cattle. Upon enquiry we were told there were a few seats up a staircase in a small balcony type affair overlooking the stage area. There were indeed 18 seats all of which were already occupied . Not a friendly place for anyone elderly or infirm. I did not see any of the other parts advertised,so can make no comment. I would not be anxious to return for further concerts.
Written November 21, 2018
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Hello, We regularly reserve seats on the balcony at gigs for anyone who has difficulty standing for the duration of an adverised and sold as a standing room only live music gig, and indeed regularly receive gushing reviews from people I have helped out with this in the past. There had not been once instance where someone has requested a seat due to them being elderly or infirm that we have been unable to help out. Unfortunately your review is the first contact you have made with us so obviously we were unable to help on this occasion. I hope you enjoyed the music regardless of this. Best wishes, Norman
Written November 22, 2018
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less286
Menstrie, United Kingdom41 contributions
Amazing venue
Sep 2018
We went to a launch meeting, three floors underground, what a fascinating place, erie, welcoming and right under the bustling city of Edinburgh. A short walk from the main drag and close to some great pubs and diners, superb ales on tap from Williams Bros , Alloa, and lovely food served. Recommend a try.
Written September 20, 2018
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Byron R
Laguna Beach, CA606 contributions
Inedible meal
May 2018 • Business
We were a large group that were seated in the large cave room below. The seats provided. Were uncomfortable, there was no cocktail service which required to secure a cocktail one had to go upstairs to order but most important the meal was horrible from start to finish and the service was not great. In reading other reviews I understand this to be a venue so the experience may vary.
Written May 11, 2018
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Hello Byron, thank you for taking the time to review your experience. I am sorry to hear that our chairs are not to your taste. The chairs in the venue are Cheltenham style chairs which are extremley popular with clients at high end weddings and events. With regards to drinks, I am unsure what you mean by 'no cocktail service' but at the event that you are refering to I can confirm that guests did have to purchase their own drinks at the bar as there were no pre-ordered arrival drinks or wine pre- bought for your dinner tables. Furthermore, there was a not a pre-paid bar tab and your group organiser had not arranged wine waiters for the tables. I am disappointed to hear that you found your meal to be 'inedible' and found the service to be poor especially as we have had so much postive feedback with regards to the food and their dining experience from other members of your group. Thank you again for taking the time to leave your review.
Written May 12, 2018
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