Absolutely Free Live Music

If you find yourself staggering down the Royal Mile at 2am desperately looking for a drink, there is a string of late-night live music bars ready to keep your liver happy and supply you with that elusive final pint.

If you do find yourself in this situation and are lost for choice, you could do a lot worse than falling through the doors of The Royal Mile Tavern. Buy a glass of some award-winning beer and then slump back to turn your ears to the Absolutely Free Live Music that they provide every single night until 3am.

The pub itself is a warm, inviting and friendly place filled with barmaids who laugh at your jokes and beer that makes you moan a little after each sip (a pint of the Bitter and Twisted is a thing of profound beverage beauty). You will be hard-pushed to find a comfier end-of-the-night drink than at The Royal Mile Tavern.

Whilst it would be difficult to judge whether the musical acts on any given night will be Gods or Paupers, the acts on Wednesday 1st, Road House and Greg Pearson, were fine musicians, albeit a little soulless. Road House made their way around a string of standard crowd-pleasing soft-rock covers with bluesy, gruff vocals and skilled guitar-playing whilst Pearson strummed his way through the pop hits of recent years. Although there was a distinct air of mindless going-through-the-motions from both performances, the relaxed atmosphere that this brought will be a pleasant and unobtrusive end to any long Fringe day.

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Since you’re here…

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The Blurb

Edinburgh's largest free entry live music venue, open seven days from 12pm - 5am. Just off the historic Royal Mile. Music includes rock, indie, blues, folk, funk and soul. Visit www.whistlebinkies.com.

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