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Bongo Club

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Address: 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 558 8844

An eclectic pub featuring live music and contemporary art exhibits.

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Bouncers are paps who think they're solid but would get decked in one bat...apart from that half decent. Espionage is a better night

2 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

On Friday night (6th May) my two friends and I, all students, queued patiently to get into the club. As we approach the front of the queue the bouncers take an older guy who had joined us in the queue away to the side (we had exchanged friendly words with this guy in the queue, he seemed a decent enough... More 

3 Thank rachel88ed
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

A mixed age of 6 people looking to spend our staff night our money and rejected for being too old when it's students night. Likely because we were not wearing crappy clothes and dressed nice. I'm only 24 and got rejected for being too old. Crap attitude of door staff. Really would not entertain then with our £500 potential spend!

Thank Paul M
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

Went to pick up my bag from cloakroom the next day from cloakroom as I forgot at the end of the night only to find that my expensive earphones had been stolen

Thank Sarah_Aseralii
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

Bouncers are paps who think they're solid but would get decked in one bat...apart from that half decent. Espionage is a better night

1 Thank mysticmac
Eindhoven, Nederland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Well yesterday the bands were great. We were kicked out but I wanted to come back for the party. Had two beers that night. Bouncers didn't allow me in for unclear reasons. I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with me being the only non white person in the queue. ...

Thank TheoJansen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

The music was awful but surpassed by the aggressive actions which boarded on assault, undertaken by the bouncers. Their approach to licensing requires the attention of the authorities. DON'T GO here

1 Thank londonskierLondon
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

We went to the Four Corners funk night and had a great time. It was packed due to a celebrity DJ. Pity we had to queue. Getting through the tickets and security was painfully slow and there were no queue stewards to sort out the pushers-in (of which there was loads!) and keep the crowd calm but when our queue... More 

Thank Reja G
Cayenne, French Guiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

This club has moved to the Cowgate area now, but still remains a dark, stinky and dirty place. Also doormen are extremely aggressive and unfriendly. It pretends to be very popular place, but it might ruin your night out. To be avoided.

1 Thank fabmc
Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

The club has since moved from the location of which it currently states. If im not mistaken its under kings bridge or something like that, but anywho as for the club it was just average. The Music was ok but not great and the crowd the same.

Thank Rafaelcab
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2003

Might be a bit run down but It's still a good club. The hip hop night I went to was pretty good. In the other room was some sort of weird infusion of garage, d&b, house and funk which turned out well. Station#33 are rank.

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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