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Address: The Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA.
Telephone Number: 0131 556 7060
The Voodoo Rooms is housed in the space formerly known as The Cafe Royal Bistro Bar, and after extensive refurbishment, it opened in 2007 winning seven top-flight awards. The building is around 200 years old and was formerly a hotel. There are three separate events spaces in addition to the public bar and dining room and they host around 300 concerts and other ticketed events every year.
How many people does it hold?
200 (Ballroom), 80 (Speakeasy), 100 (French Quarter)
Who has played there?
The Pop Group, Keane, Mumford and Sons, Pharaoh Sanders, Incognito, Mario Biondi, Beans on Toast, Alice Russell, Imelda May, Horace Andy, Tackhead, A Certain Ratio, Nine Below Zero, The Magic Band, Sharon King, Chrysta Bell, Guru’s Jazzmatazz plus lots more.
Have there been any “I was there” moments?
For the venue’s tenth birthday, they invited tonnes of old staff from all over the world to their birthday party, which was really special. Musically, the late and much missed Guru’s Jazzmatazz gig – that was a special one.
How do I get there?
If you are traveling from out of town, Voodoo Rooms are located within a 2-minute walk of Waverley Train Station and the Bus station. The local buses and tram line serve St Andrew Square and Princes St (get off at Waverley Station/The Apple Store).
Where should I eat?
Voodoo Rooms serve food in the bar and dining room. There are many other dining options in and around St Andrew Square, including Dishoom, Wagamama and Wahaca.
Where can I stay?
There are many hotels in the immediate vicinity catering for all tastes, including Motel One, Travelodge, Apex Waterloo.
The bar has a wonderful cocktail menu and an extensive range of rums and tequilas, plus everything you’d expect. If you are attending a gig in the Ballroom it’s usually best to move towards the stage where you should find space as the doors often become congested.
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The venue is located on the first floor of the historic building and has no wheelchair access. Please contact them with any queries, they will always do their best to help.
Where can you carry on the party?
The bar is always open til 1am (later during the Fringe and Christmas Festivals), after this, there are a range of places to continue the night on George St, Picardy Place and around the Cowgate. For late drinks, Nightcap, Auld Reekie Tiki Bar and the basement bar of Dishoom; to party it up, Sneaky Pete’s, The Bongo Club and La Belle Angele.
Check listings and grab tickets for shows at The Voodoo Rooms from www.ticketweb.co.uk/voodoorooms