Established circa 1988, Whistle Binkies is a renowned live music bar located just off the Royal Mile and is open every day until 3 a.m. ‘Binkies’ carries over 100 malt whiskies and an extensive range of cask ales, draught beers, lagers and ciders. Live music is the cornerstone of this venue with over 100 live shows every month. Musicians clamber to play here with some of the best local and national artists regularly performing to packed houses. Monday is open mic night, with Tuesdays hosting band showcases. Bands complete the rest of the week’s line-up with up to 4 live bands per night during the week with Fridays and Saturdays featuring up to 6 acts.
Whistle Binkies has a substantial regular clientele and is also very popular amongst tourists and students; with all these groups enjoying the unique atmosphere alongside each other. Trade is steady all year round with August being exceptionally busy due to the Edinburgh Festival where the usual 3am licence is extended to 5am every night.