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Cafe Habana, Edinburgh by Qype User garype…
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  • 4.0 star rating

    I popped in here with my partner on our anniversary tour of Scotland. Honestly - it is the friendliest pub we have been to so far in Edinburgh.

    We were early on a Saturday night and stopped in b/c I had recognized it from searching gay friendly pubs online. We were very pleased with the bartenders and beer prices and will stop back in before we leave the country.

    Good mix of people and age groups - friendly staff, good atmosphere. Really good time (minus the one Really drunk guy  - but that happens)

    • Qype User wolf35…
    • Edinburgh
    • 32 friends
    • 37 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Sitting between the Playhouse Theatre and CC Blooms is very popular with the locals, but mainly both the male and female Gay population.
    The well decorated bar runs along one wall and a large staircase leads to a balcony level overlooking the main bar area, great for people watching.
    It is a great place to go for pre-club drinks especially with cc's right next door, or even for pre- theatre drinks.
    Drinks promotions are always on offer.
    On sunny days, tables and chairs are outside and are even better for people watching.
    The staff are very friendly and there is always a 'party' atmosphere on evenings and weekends.
    They play good music and there is karaoke on certain nights as well as other promotions.
    If you want to have a quiet drink upstairs or out on the street,or even want to get the party started before hitting the clubs then this is the place to come.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Not the cheapest of the bunch but due to it's incredibly close proximity to the Playhouse, I wouldn't say it was awfully dear. I paid about £3 for a vodka and lemonade, so pretty average really.

    The atmosphere is good. I've been here twice, both for a short amount of time before shows but each time I have enjoyed a drink in the bustling bar and left happy. The decor is fresh and modern, nothing spectacular but definitely up with the times.

    Good wee bar which I'll be going back to for a few drinks before a show next week!

    • Qype User Nebik…
    • Edinburgh
    • 3 friends
    • 21 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    An LGBT friendly bar with a nice atmosphere and attractive decor, Cafe Habana satisfies most people's tastes and certainly suits mine.

    Despite being rather dead during the day except on special events and promotions, the bar becomes lively and tres crowded towards certain evenings, such as Tuesdays.

    I tend to go to Cafe Habana before Vibe and can't say I've ever had a particularly awful experience there. Nice for a quiet drink when just passing by; but also great for a night out with friends.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I tend to go here on the quiter nights Which is usually a Sunday. If you like wild partys with no room to move go on a Friday or a Saturday by all means. This palce sells brilaint pints with some of the best beers.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    I've only been to Cafe Habana once and it was en route to the Club Below Stairs which is further down Leith Walk.  The pub feels fresh and lively inside with quite loud music, modern decor and plenty of customers.  The service is quite fast and friendly and the bar is laid out in such a way that you which drinks are available and how much they cost.  The drink prices are as you would expect with £1.90 bottles of beer and £3 for a double spirit and mixer.  We just stopped off for one drink to send us on our way and we left impressed by the pub's atmosphere and lay out.
    Situated right opposite the Omni Centre and Edinburgh Playhouse, Cafe Habana would be an ideal place to go for a drink after a performance or before going on to Mood.  Further, it does plenty of its own entertainment with big screens showing sporting events and it even does its own karaoke night.  
    Cafe Habana, although not the cheapest pub, is in an excellent location and has something to suit just about everyone.

    • Qype User garype…
    • Wigan, Greater Manchester
    • 1 friend
    • 13 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Great location, good beer friendly bar staff

    • Qype User mscong…
    • Kirkcaldy, Fife
    • 0 friends
    • 8 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    I really like this place. It seems to be mainly gay men with not so many women, but the atmosphere is great. There's usually good music playing. It's lively and welcoming at night. I've been in with my daughter through the day for a hot chocolate. The staff are great and the prices reasonable. Definitely worth a visit.

    • Qype User leonar…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    1.0 star rating

    The nice people are driven away by gross-looking men with weird agendas

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From the business


Cafe Habana has for a number of years been recognised as the premier bar serving Edinburgh's gay and lesbian community. Situated adjacent to the Playhouse Theatre and Omni Centre at the top of Leith Walk it has become established as the principle pre club bar & popular meeting place. Offering regular drink promotions & entertainment it continues to be a firm favorite with regulars & visitors alike. We look forward to seeing you soon.
In 2011, Cafe Habana won the Pink Paper award for best bar in Scotland and the Edinburgh Evening News award for Best Bar in Edinburgh


Established in 1991.

Cafe Habana has been a firm favourite on the Edinburgh gay scene now for 13 years! Previously to Cafe Habana the same venue has been at the heart of the Edinburgh scene for many years, previously called CHAPPS and Kudos.

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