Let’s whistle!

Out tonight? It is Wednesday, 9:30pm. In Edin­burgh, it is getting dark outside and the numbers on the streets are dwind­ling. It seems as if nobody is in a kind of clubbing mood in the middle of the week. Just a few rough and die-hard people sit in pubs drinking and chat­ting. But, there is […]

Out tonight?

It is Wednesday, 9:30pm. In Edin­burgh, it is getting dark outside and the numbers on the streets are dwind­ling. It seems as if nobody is in a kind of clubbing mood in the middle of the week. Just a few rough and die-hard people sit in pubs drinking and chat­ting. But, there is music booming out of an inconspicuous pub on South Bridge. The name Whistlebinkies is gleaming in the darkness. Getting closer, a sign on which “live music” is posted can be spotted.

Try to whistle with a binky!
For nights out, Edinburgh has much to offer. Not only does it boast places like Grassmarket and Leith, but South Bridge – a street crossing touristy Royal Mile – is also worth a visit. At the bot­tom of South Bridge, Whistlebinkies can be found. It is a must for everybody who’s into live music.

Time to blow the whistle!
Music is a matter of taste. Some follow the mainstream whereas others are more into the independent music culture. Whistlebinkies though, offers a wide range of music genres. There is live music every single night. Visitors can enjoy live gigs without charge apart from Friday and Saturday – free entry before midnight only.

Some people just stop by and have a drink or two. Sunday to Thursday, four live bands perform every single evening until 3am where­as Friday and Saturday, there may be up to six live gigs per night. Everybody has the opportunity to perform in an open mic night session taking place each Monday from 9pm to 3am. Especially on Tuesday, Whist­lebinkies often gets quite crowded due to the fact that four bands are invited to feature their own songs. This is the day when the stage becomes a showcase. It is the day for musicians making the most of the chance of being spotted and ra­ted as the next upcoming idols. Music agents and managers even sneak in and mingle amongst the audience.

Not only does the music mix co­ver rock, pop, indie, alternative and R&B, but it also includes traditional folk tunes. The audience is widely mixed, too. Whistlebinkies attracts locals, tourists, stu­dents, groups, couples as well as sin­gles moving to the music. It is a pub where all generations come together and enjoy the special atmosphere of the place in their own way.

Leather benches and wine barrels for tables create its charm and cosy atmosphere. “Why does it always rain on me? Is it because I lied when I was seventeen?” comes from the lyrics by…
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