7 Edinburgh Events Celebrating Burns Night – 2019
The first Burns Supper was held in 1801 by a group of Rabbie’s friends, who had gathered to mark the five-year anniversary of his death. It was then decided that an annual supper would be held in his honour every year, on his birthday. Beginning as a humble celebration among friends, it wasn’t long before Burns Night became a tradition celebrated the world over.
As always there are many great Edinburgh events and activities taking place this Burns Night. If you’d like to join in the celebrations, we have selected a few of our favourites for 2019 to share with you.
1. Whiski Rooms Burns Night Supper
21st – 27th January | Whiski Rooms
This one is for the whisky fans! After a trek through the Old Town, what better way to unwind than with a warming dram and a delicious Burns Supper? The famous Whiski Rooms host a great evening – with bagpipes, speeches, haggis and of course, whisky – all in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. And what’s better, you have seven opportunities to attend as the event runs each night from the 21st – 27th.
For more info and to book tickets visit the Whiski Rooms website.
2. Ghillie-Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience
18th – 27th January | Ghillie-Dhu
Celebrate in style at one of the city’s most famous Burns Night events, hosted by the Ghillie-Dhu. The evening begins with a dram upon arrival, then the haggis is piped into the room followed by the traditional ‘Address to a Haggis’ and a toast. After dinner, dance to your heart’s content with a live Ceilidh band calling all the classic jigs.
For more info and to book tickets visit the Ghillie-Dhu website.
3. Hendersons Vegan Burns Night
25 January | Hendersons of Edinburgh – Hanover Street
If you’re looking to address a vegan haggis this Burns Night then look no further than Hendersons on Hanover Street. A reception with Pickerings gin-fizz and canapés will be followed by a three-course meal of vegan Cullen skink and their award-winning vegan haggis. To round off the night they’ll be serving a delicious vegan cranachan, all in a relaxing atmosphere with live, traditional music.
For more info visit Hendersons Facebook page.
4. Plant-based Burns Night at Thrive Café:Bar
24th January | Thrive Café:Bar, Bruntsfield
Continuing on the theme of meat-free Burns Suppers, why not try one of the city’s newest plant-based cafes? Thrive Café:Bar opened its doors in Bruntsfield in 2018. Their mission is to serve up fresh, vibrant vegan and vegetarian food in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. This January they’ll be hosting a 100% vegan three-course Burns supper on the 24th. Be sure to book in advance – this one’s going to fill up fast!
To book, visit the Thrive Café:Bar website here.
5. Burns Supper at the Royal Yacht Britannia
25th& 26th January | The Royal Yacht Britannia
All aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia! If you’re looking to celebrate Burns Night in an unforgettable location, this red-carpet event won’t disappoint. The evening starts with a drinks and canapé reception followed by the ‘Address to a Haggis’ and a whisky tasting. An incredible four-course meal prepared by Chef Mark Altson and his team will be served in the State Dining Room while traditional music will play throughout the night in this historic and unique venue.
For more info and tickets visit the Royal Yacht Britannia website.
6. Burns Night at The Real Mary King’s Close
26th January | The Real Mary King’s Close
If you’re looking for a unique and immersive experience this Burns Night, head to The Real Mary King’s Close. This popular event is back after last year’s success for another fun-filled evening of food, history and drama. Once again partnering with Wedgwood the Restaurant, a three-course meal showcasing the best of Scottish cuisine will be served alongside a poetry recital. After dinner, guests will be taken on a private Burns-inspired tour of the famous Edinburgh close. The evening will finish in the Burgh Courtroom with a warming dram of whisky and a toast to Scotland’s favourite son.
For more info and tickets visit The Real Mary King’s Close website.
7. Rabbie Burns The Musical
23rd & 24th January | Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre
A fun and energising take on the life and work of Rabbie Burns, this musical masterpiece is a must-see. Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this tremendously hilarious yet poignant play truly brings Burns to life in a performance with never a dull moment.
For more info and tickets visit the Burns & Beyond website.