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Where is the best place to see the fireworks from? Thanks!
they depend upon how you feel about traipsing up a large hill in the dark or being surrounded by about a hundred thousand other punters.
1) salford crags, west of the city centre, access by path near the Scottish Parliament. You'll probably see most of the cities fireworks from this vantage point and it's only a twenty minute walk (once you get down) to get back to the centre of 'town'.
2) Princes Street, will be rammed, will also require the purchase of one of those arm band thingies, or getting in and hiding in one of the city centre pubs (within the cordon area) until it's time. You will only see the castle fireworks from here.
Theres also a third possibility but its so far from the city centre that its practically worthless. But saying that, there's a rugby ground on Ferry Road that gives an impressive view of the castle and you could easily see most of the fireworks going off around the city from there. Wouldn't do it myself unless i had a taxi booked for about 12:30 to get back to the city centre. Or had some other transport arrangements.
If you aren't sure what's worth going to, here's some ideas.
The Go-Go at Henry's Cellar Bar, with Them Beatles playing live. garage, funk, soul. Nice crowd.
Substance at GRV. Neil Landstrumm and Subhead. Wierd Techno. Friendly crowd. Nice bar.
Confusion is Sex at the Bongo Club. Dolby Anol and a bunch of other stuff, including some live bands and burlesque stuff. Wierd mix in terms of crowd, but friendly. I personally don't like the venue that much.
Balkanarama at Studio 24. Klezmer, gypsy jazz and that sort of thing. Live acts, djs, trapeze, yaddayadda. Never been. Have heard good reports from people I know.
Things to avoid. The city centre. That Mylo/James Zabiela thing on at the PictureHouse. The crowd will be mince, the venue is more aimed towards live acts than clubs, the music is dire and its 40 to get in.
Don't stand for paying to get into a pub on Rose Street. They're having a laugh, you don't have to pay at any other time of the year. Same deal with George Street.
If you fancy an adventure, go for a drink in the Port o' Leith or the Pond. There's some pretty scary pubs in Leith, I would probably avoid the Marksman in particular on the basis that the last time I passed it there was happy hardcore being played and the crowd were proper scary looking rough chavs. Probably really nice folks though, but still...
Hahaha oh wow so many things! Thank you so much for taking the time :D Will have to discuss with mehodor what we will be doing!
So you need a wrist thing to be standing watching at Princes Street? Never knew that!
Will we see the firework from the castle if we choose opt number 1? :/
As long as there's not low lying cloud. That's happened before and it's a tragi-comic sight.
If you choose option 1, the Bongo Club is the closest, there's some OK pubs on the Royal Mile around that bit as well (ie not filled with tubes, cheapish drinks, local edinburgh punters).
,it is snowing again though!!
Im not sure if it's part of the ticketd 'ring of steel', but the carpark at the foot of the castle, along the kings road, is good for views (usually watch the festival ones from here).
But where do we get the wrist band stuff from?