• “In all honesty it think its the only dance place i have been to that you can find” in 6 reviews

    Good For Dancing: Yes

  • “Owned by Jools Holland, you can guess this place is of great quality.” in 3 reviews

  • “The excellent live music that night came from the Soul Foundation, playing Motown covers.” in 3 reviews

    Music: Live

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  • 4.0 star rating
    8/11/2012

    Do and little dance....
    Make a lilttle love...
    Get down tonight......d ododododddddoooooo!

    I had a great time here! If you love 80's music and a good dance then you will love it here! Although book well in advance as it gets busy!! In all honesty it think its the only dance place i have been to that you can find
    people on their late 50s 60s mixing with 20 year olds ( like me ...ahem) !
    Really good for hen nights or a big group!

  • 2.0 star rating
    22/4/2014

    Having purposefully avoided coming here over the last eight years or so it took a bit of arm twisting to for me to break my ban on Easter Sunday but the prospect of non-stop Northern Soul clinched it.

    Thankfully the place wasn't uncomfortably busy once we got there so that was a bonus. Other than that though the things that had put me off in the past are still in evidence, namely poor acoustics (benefit of the doubt - the PA and shoddy mic in use may have been the organisers' rather than the venue's) and they still don't stock tomato juice so bloody marys are out of the question. Best left to the older & older at heart for the better part of another decade I think.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/2/2013

    Quick drink at the bar - Waiting for the pre-ordered dinner to arrive - Enjoying a boogie!

    That quickly describes an enjoyable evening out at JAM House with my work colleagues not so long ago.

    I am glad that it was a big group. I would not go there on my own (just saying ;-) ).
    Its better with a crowd.
    The age range is between 25 - 60 years.
    It was not as busy on a FRI night as I would have expected, but then, we live in times where people rather stay in and have a few pints.

    The drinks are not cheap, but still affordable, if you don't drink too much.
    I had tomato soup as a starter and steak (medium/rare) for my main, and both courses were excellent. I was seriously surprised about the steak being so good considering that you only paid £16.50 for the menu and the aftermath.

    Last but not least, we all had a bit of a dance, enjoying the 80's music that hit the dance-floor. Who does not love a bit of  "I'm so excited, I just can't hide it...." sung by the pointer sisters! Sure, I would recommend you being an 80's Fan or at least experience it for once.

    Who knows what you might be missing out on!

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/3/2013
    1 check-in here

    So this Saturday was my first visit to the Jam House as my friend had organised a Celtic Celebration for the MND charity.
    The venue was everything she needed, great area of dance floor - handy for the 50+ Irish dancers that were jigging away, great stage area for the more contemporary dances/ bands that played and big enough for the volume of people that came to support albeit only just as at one point there was a shortage of seating and then standing room only towards the back.  

    Brilliant evening raising money for a very worth while cause in a very nice venue!

    Great time had by all :)

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/4/2013

    Went to the Jam House quite late on a Saturday night out with about 8 others a couple of weeks ago.  The £8 entry charge put me off right from the start!  There's no way I would usually pay that much to get into a venue unless I knew of something special happening, however the group I was with decided to go in.  Very long entrance way and bar before you get to the back of the venue to the stage and dance floor, which is massive.  There are even a few booths overhead, like at a theatre.  It is a lovely venue and would be great for watching a live band.  There was actually a live band playing when we arrived (which I'm guessing was the reason for the exorbitant cover charge), but unfortunately they only had a couple of songs to go until they finished.  Then the dj played 70's and 80's music all night.  It was fun and had a good dance, but had had enough after a while.  We certainly felt very young, compared to the majority of the patrons who were between 40 and 68 I reckon.

    I wouldn't choose to go back, but can see how the Jam House would appeal to an older crowd.

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/4/2010

    I was dragged here once by my 57 year old auntie who was looking to pull. I think that sums it up! Jools Holland owns it- which gives it some credit I suppose, and it's nicely decorated inside but it's not my cup of tea. It seemed to be a playground for the over 50s looking to re-live their youth. It reminded me of dad dancing at a wedding - you know the sort. On several occasions, sweaty old men made their move towards me, at which point I hastily circled the room.
    Food-wise, it wasn't anything special either. I had pan-fried chicken without realizing it doesn't come with anything else, should have ordered sides. Yeah it was ok, and the price wasn't too bad, but nothing worth going out my way for.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/9/2010

    My boyfriend used to know this girl who thought that the Jam House was the least cool place in town.  I think that she's just not cool enough to realise just how cool this place is.  It's cool like the 80s.

    It actually IS cool like the 80s.  It has that kind of dorky but majorly fun vibe that is the joy of an 80s party.  I almost said "... that reminds me of the 80s" but that's a lie; I'm way too young to remember the 80s.  

    A previous reviewer said that it's like going to a family wedding because of the all ages crowd.  That is completely true and is one of the JEMs (what disguises itself as a typo is really my brain reminding me that I do remember some of the 80s...) of this place.      

    The majority of people who go to the Jam House aren't out for a pretentious night out, they just want to listen to some good music and dance without caring who's watching.  Yeah, you will probably end up dancing with a dad and make his night, or with a mom who is wearing heels for the first time in years and can hardly stand up.  That is all part of the charm of the Jam House.

    In exchange, you will find that the door charge is one of if not the cheapest in New Town and and the bar considerably easier to get to than anywhere else on a weekend.  

    I've never eaten here so can't comment on that aspect but the quality of the night out is, well, cool.  Like the 80s.

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/4/2010
    First to Review

    Owned by Jools Holland, you can guess this place is of great quality.

    Situated in a beautiful building on Queen Street, you almost feel like you're off to a ball. Well I was, my university end of term ball. But it does feel so much more grander than that. The food was so much better than the price tag suggested (I imagine this was to do with a deal with the university as I have looked at the restaurant prices and it ain't cheap) and the ambiance was spectacular. The staff made us feel like we were more than just grubby students dressed in our finest gear. The whole night was fantastic, and I understand why my university uses this venue each year.

    Jam House also operates as a restaurant and an up-market club. It is worth a visit for whatever reason you can find.

    • Qype User es…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 99 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    9/1/2009

    The Jamhouse is hidden on Queen street and is a favoured spot of hen parties and office nights out.

    Despite its unimpressive facade (the building's listed status limits the potential here) inside it is rather TARDIS-like and is large. Cheesy music, mainstream jazz & strage clientele who cam be a little threatning, at least the door staff are ready to respond!

    Best visited on a weeknight.

    Ess

    • Qype User wolf35…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 37 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/5/2008

    This live music venue, housed in the impressive former bbc building on Queen street, facing onto the Queen street gardens, has a fine dining restaurant up on the balcony, which overlooks the main stage and there is a less formal dining area on the ground floor in a lounge style.
    The food on the upper level is traditional Scottish fayre.
    You don't have to go there to eat,but worth it if you do.
    The wine is very reasonably priced, so get in by 9pm, grab a nice bottle from the main bar and gaet a table near the main stage, sit back, relax and enjoy the evening to sounds of the house band, or whatever guest bands are on.
    The music is varied from jazz to rythm n blues.
    A very enjoyable and entertaining venue for a good night out,
    can be very busy on a weekend, so get there early or phone and book a table in advance.

    • Qype User mrtomj…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 187 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/5/2010

    Although I had heard horror stories about this place from a friend who worked here, when I came here then I really liked it.

    The excellent live music that night came from the Soul Foundation, playing Motown covers.

    the drinks are very expensive, though. I definitely agree with others when they have said that the Jam House is geared towards an older clientele.

    I have heard that the food here is terrible though. Poor show, Jools Holland.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/11/2012 Updated review

    The best place in Edinburgh for a great night out with friends.

    We went along on Friday night and admittedly it was a bit quiet, but the place really goes over board when providing a safe and excellent night out. Music was terriffic. So much so, we came back for more the night later.....Wow, it was mobbed...What an atmosphere.....11/10

    Luved it!!

    5.0 star rating
    23/4/2012 Previous review
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    4.0 star rating
    7/6/2011 Previous review
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  • 3.0 star rating
    13/10/2011

    Service was great and we had an open bar, and the food was ok. The salad didnt have any dressing, apparently none available. Beef was pretty good and dessert was good. Nothing spectacular tho.

    • Qype User stephi…
    • Edinburgh
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    4.0 star rating
    10/1/2009

    i have been to the jam house a couple of times, and thought it was brilliant, it is such a good atmosphere in the place and the ages of people are very varied from 20's to 60's. Both times that i have been the bands have been brilliant and they always get everybody up on the dancefloor, not that it takes me much anyway! :) The music has been very varied also, can highly recommend it. There is a restaurant upstairs also but i can't comment on that as i haven't eaten there.

    • Qype User Flirty…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 30 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    25/5/2009

    Two different sides to this place -restaurant area overlooking the dance floor - good views, food however is one of the worst I have ever had and I could not even eat my main course of chicken - it was so revolting. Staff were hostile when we complained and didnt offer to make anything else then tried to charge full price for a meal I could not eat !

    Howeve we went in to the diners VIP bar afterwards and watched the people downstairs on the dance floor on a large screen - this was an absolute scream and really funny watching the specatacle downstairs ( I would hate to be downstairs - that would be my idea of hell ) but super to sit away from the crowds and watch the goings on

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