The Wee Red Bar is a much loved Edinburgh institution in terms of a lively and intimate
venue for both up and coming and established bands and djs.
Described in the Lonely Planet Guide as “having been around so long there’s a danger the authorities will slap a blue plaque on it and declare it a national monument” a term
that could also be applied to its Manager Colvin Cruickshank, the face and driving force
behind The Wee Red Bar.
Colvin would like to dispel some (un) popular wee red myths before we continue. It’s not a student union. It was in the past but now it is open to any member of the public over 18. It’s not just for Art Students or exclusive to so-called hipsters. Genuine music lovers and thrill seekers from all ages and walks of life have made the pilgrimage here. It’s not off the beaten track or hard to find. Long before the days of smart phones and Google maps people had eyes and legs
and knew how to use them. You will be glad to know however that it is wee and red and yes there is a bar.
Operating since the early 1980s and located in the grounds of Edinburgh College of Art via a secret, concealed entrance on Lady Lawson Street. Seek and ye shall find. Navigate through the largest outdoor smoking area known to man, past the skips and trees and enter a unique, safe and friendly environment.
The venue prides itself in its excellent sound quality and puts on many, live gigs ranging from Reggae to Post-Rock, and every other genre in-between. In many cases The Wee Red Bar has given bands their first ever gig. Recent more known names who have graced the stage in the past year - Dingus Khan, Frightened Rabbit, Adam Stafford, Euros Childs and Broken Records.
All gigs run from 7pm till 10pm so plenty of time to catch the last bus home on a school night.
If night owls want to stay after a gig and witness the Decepticon transformation from gig to club then they can. The staff don’t throw the lights on, hustle you out and make you pay an entry fee again like some other venues in town. You are made to feel welcome and hang out at one of the various club nights. The most popular and well known is The Egg which has been hatching weekly on Saturdays for almost twenty years. The Egg Djs play the finest in Indie, Garage & Soul, Punk & New Wave, Psych and so much more. Other late nights include the smooth Motown Soul of Stacks, a gay Acid House Disco that is Hot Mess and all kinds of electronic bass music at Stepback.
The Wee Red Bar, like music, is for everyone. Come with an open mind and support your local grassroots venue. Please drop Colvin a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book
The Wee Red Bar, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF