New Year’s Eve, or rather Hogmanay is pretty awesome in Scotland’s capital. There’s nothing quite like the castle on its pedestal, surrounded by fireworks. Despite the weather – always freezing, generally wet – you will find many a kilted man ready to give you a show of what’s under it.
Who knows where the name came from, it could be from the Flemish ‘hoog min dag’ meaning ‘great love day’ or from the French ‘homme est né’ meaning ‘man is born’, which is probably the most likely explanation as the New Year is all about a new you. It is tradition to tidy the house before the eve of the 31st and to pay off all your debts (if you can) so that you start the New Year feeling happy, and not just hungover. Here’s where to party:
Who isn’t loving beer right now? And if there’s one bar in town that can hook you up with a super schooner it’s the guys behind The Hanging Bat. Rather than ram the place and make a tidy sum, the Bat is running NBE at half capacity to give us all plenty of space to shimmy round the taps. Around 20 draught & cask lines, showcasing some totally new brews along with the Bat’s favourite beers. Food served until 10pm, with nibbles until 2, out on your ass at 3.
133 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AB // 7pm - 3am // £30 pp. incl. 7 thirds and food
Photo credit: Lloyd Smith
The world’s most famous street party – we made that up but it might be – is back for another no doubt sell out year. Cheap seats will get you access to most of the scene or upgrade and hit the gardens for live music, with Sheezus headlining. Hot Dub Time Machine will be rocking out on the mound, taking you to 2015 from the 1920s. Mind ‘n save your empty Irn Bru bottles – it’s BYOB but no glass allowed. Top Tip: Pack a mac.
Edinburgh City Centre // 7pm-1am // £22/£40 – £22 street party only, £40 also gets access to gardens for music performances
You will walk past at least once before you see the sneaky signage. What is maybe Edinburgh’s finest new recruit will be the place to be for a low-key NYE this year. It’s exclusively table service so no hanging around at the bar waiting for drinks, meaning your dancing shoes can do what they do best. Licensed till 3, with a tidy DJ to boot, this place is where the bartenders will come to party.
1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD // 5pm – 3am
Main photo credit: Chris Watt
Words; Claire McPherson @iandgclaire