CC Blooms

CC Blooms

CC Blooms is Edinburgh's oldest gay bar and club

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CC Blooms is Edinburgh's oldest gay bar & club. However, times have changed since we opened in 1994 and our bar welcomes everyone.

CC Blooms is a stylish bar by day and a classy club by night.
We have a superb cocktail menu and full wine and champagne list. We also have a full menu for diners which focuses more on traditional pub food and sharing plates.

Club nights every night from 11pm. CC Blooms is a relaxed chill out zone by day and a busy late night bar/club by night.



Based on 1248 reviews
Mike T
17:53 27 Dec 22
Our nights out in Edinburgh always seem to end up here. Staff are friendly and efficient, even when the place is heaving. The door staff do a great job (just don't turn up wrecked or you probably won't get in). Two dance floors play different genres and are usually popping with fun people.
Paul Midgley
09:40 11 Dec 22
Far below acceptable.Could be a great place.Need to introduce their staff into the world of positive hospitality and customer service.I observed staff with no focus, little eye contact and poor communication with many customers.However, they did seem very happy whilst slouching around the inner bar validating each other, doing something close to nothing.CC Blooms scores a "Meh!"
Anne Scott
07:29 29 Nov 22
Delicious food. We had the 3 course meal special and each serving was beyond expectations. The staff are friendly, helpful and efficient. The environment was relaxed and fun. I definitely see myself coming back again.Entres we tried were the soup and Mexican meatballs, Main cannelloni and curry, and dessert the brownie.
Nuno M.
14:39 22 Oct 22
It is unacceptable that a gay bar discriminates for the way their customers dress. It is offensive and the gay community should protest.They should remove...
Alex France
10:00 03 Oct 22
Went there for some drinks and food after watching a matinee. It wasn’t particularly busy, but we were told it was table service only.Taking our order happened quickly, and the food arrived promptly. However, there was no cutlery delivered, or salt/pepper/sauces.We asked for these several times, and the cutlery arrived so late that our food was then lukewarm.We then struggled to order more drinks, we had to ask 2 separate staff about them, and then another had to come over again to make sure that what we’d ordered was correct.We asked for the bill, which took 15 minutes to arrive, despite us asking for it several times, and we nearly missed our bus because of this. Eventually one of our party had to go up to the bar and push to make payment there.We regularly had to go to the bar throughout our time to ask for things, and each time we were told it was table service & to sit down.Wouldn’t recommend, or go back for food again.
Lisa Spencer
19:14 24 Sep 22
We've had two of the best nights ever in CC Blooms. Food great, service outstanding. The staff were friendly, welcoming and all in all delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed their cocktail menu and are definitely coming back next time we're in Edinburgh. There's no where else we'd sooner be
Thomas Switala
19:25 09 Sep 22
I was visiting from another country and its pretty obvious when I speak. I wandered around the bar to look around and went to a private engagement downstairs. Instead of explaining in a normal way the situation the woman was very nasty in her tone and choice of words in telling me to leave. There are three bars within seeing distance from their door. Go to one of them. Those places don't act like they are doing you a favor by selling beer. I admit I did not have high expectations for a bar that is named after a character in a campy movie and they went out of their way not to disappoint.
Chele H.
06:26 27 Aug 22
While in the city for festival this has become one of our go to spots for an afternoon lunch in an inclusive space. The mostly younger staff was attentive...
Do A Dear
11:32 09 Aug 22
I have so many fond memories of dancing the night away and being carried away ( not literally!) with happiness. Hope to go back .
Kyle Rich
16:57 30 Jul 22
We had fun, bar staff were nice, but 80% of people here are bachelorette parties. The other 20% are gay tourists who fell for it. Don’t go here looking for a gay bar.
Charlie W.
06:56 24 Jul 22
The only hay thing about this bar was the flag. I did come in the afternoon but wasn't expecting a totally empty bar. The bartender was really quiet and...
Manuel Ambra
01:07 18 Jun 22
I usually love CCs. Tonight I went out to smoke with my friends. On the way back in, they stopped my friends and said they were too drunk (weird as we only got a drink and we never drink much). I went back inside before noticing. Came back to ask about my friends. They wouldn't let me in again (even though I had a stamp on my hand). Said we had our jackets inside so I went in accompanied by a bodyguard. Inside, I met other friends and simply said I was leaving. By the time I was reaching the seating stall where we left the jackets another guy pushed me out without letting me get my jacket. Eventually one of my friends (who was stopped earlier for being "too drunk") was let in to retrieve my jacket. In the meantime the bodyguards were just giving me and my friends a bad time as we were waiting for our jackets just for waiting outside. In the many times I've been to CCs I've never had a service so intimidating and simply wrong. I honestly don't know if I'll ever come back. Maybe training for bodyguards should be more thorough.
Tom Shearman
21:31 09 Jun 22
I absolutely love the bar. Always pop in here when in the country. Staff couldn’t be more accommodating. During the day an excellent bar serving food. At night, the atmosphere totally changes and becomes a thriving LGBTQI+ nightclub. It can get very busy so be prepared for up close and personal, but that’s the fun of it!
Ben Wilkie
19:36 14 May 22
I've been a few times. Good atmosphere and chatty, hardworking staff. I find the drinks a little pricey, but that's just personal opinion. Would recommend visiting!
Fahrenden Gesellen
12:45 11 May 22
Thanks to all at CC Blooms for reminding me of a few things I'd forgotten. The place is a bit like Edinburgh as a whole. The venue and staff are nice looking, but the overall vibe and attitude make you want to run for the hills and never return. Don't bother with the obnoxious, defensive reply. I know what's coming. I wish you all the best x
Don Mcke
11:54 07 May 22
Tourists not welcome at CC Blooms. I wanted to introduce my overseas guests to CC Blooms but the unfriendly bouncer refused entry saying foreign ID and driving licence not acceptable. So I took them across the road to The Street where the bouncer could not have been more welcoming and charming. I'll not go back to CC Blooms (10.30 pm approx, 6/5/22)
Ryan Jones
17:08 17 Apr 22
The lunch review.A quick glance at reviews show this is very much a bar at night, although we popped in inadvertently for lunch. You can tell pretty quickly that it's gay friendly (if the name goes over your head like it did at first for me), so all are welcome here.Lunch menu was a bit small but exactly what we wanted (a bite, not stuffed). A few of us had sandwiches, I stuck with a salad..all came out with favorable comments.Perhaps not the first place in mind to go for the afternoon meal, but if you're in the area and want to support local queer establishments, I'd recommend giving it a try.
Ryan J.
10:08 17 Apr 22
The lunch review.A quick glance at reviews show this is very much a bar at night, although we popped in inadvertently for lunch. You can tell pretty...
Frances H
01:46 10 Apr 22
Impeccable vibes and outstanding service from every single member of staff - Marcus was incredible all evening! As well as the rest of the bar staff and bouncers - 10/10 night
Rosie Lillico
18:04 07 Feb 22
Amazing club! Also probably great for more low-key drinks. Music was excellent (they take requests if you ask super nicely). Great staff, people, etc. Would recommend to a friend.
Marky Smith
12:30 30 Jan 22
So never had an issue here before usually a nice place to go for drinks staff are usually friends. Well last night was a different story. Got in after checking Covid passport at the door. The bouncer then came round asking for out IDs another 3 times! Provided us with a stamp etc.About 2am a girl in white at the bar must not have liked the look of be because stopped serving me drinks I was with a group of about 15 people had a booth just dancing the night away really keeping ourselves to ourselves. We were merry but by no way causing an issue with anyone. She was very rude and condescending despite the fact between 12 and 2 I’d had 4 drinks. She continued so serve the rest of the group knowing fine well they were just getting drinks for me…. So why “bar” me but knowing letting other people order drinks for me…. Just doesn’t make sense. I think I’m future I’ll be re thinking coming back in all honesty.
David Morgood
19:39 29 Jan 22
....don't forget your tinfoil hat. Oh and a complete medical history, listing any ailments, private illnesses, diseases etc. (and that's just to get in the door, where you are graciously given the pleasure of spending money as a customer).This kind of place is the reason no one goes out in Edinburgh anymore.I'd rather sit in a scrapyard sipping gin from a rusty can than go here.
Grace Louise
01:48 08 Dec 21
Never had a bad experience or problem, work in hospitality myself so I know the strain of it, staff and bouncers have always been lovely/welcoming and this is my favourite club to go to because I feel so safe.
Alison Hendrix
13:39 01 Dec 21
Was in this establishment yesterday afternoon for some lunch. Quiet but cosy. I'm gluten free and vegan so had lots of questions but the young gentleman behind the bar was more than happy to help with anything he could. Will definitely be back!
Casa Lumiar
20:11 01 Nov 21
Great meal and friendly staff. Had the Balmoral burger, which was nothing short of delicious.Connor has been particularly nice, as I was sitting alone and offered great insights about the city and the nightlife. First time in the city and I’m definitely coming back and recommending the bar to friends.
Finch Aitken
13:06 16 Oct 21
I gave only 3 stars cause the staff and entertainment was gen up amazing, but when the door staff (bouncers) came in, things started to change, me and friends were there for a good couple hours, and had proved ID when needed. Out of no where the door staff came up and started to actually push us out. I then showed him my ID which aloud me to go back in, me and a guy who I met there tried coming out with our drinks to be with our friends, when the security took our drinks off us and poured them down us, not only that but when my friend went to ask for his wallet they were like it’s not been handed in, but when I went and asked for it, they then gave me it? Overall indoor staff was amazing , but won’t be coming back when thts how you get treated for being a well paying customer.
Kevin Rice Saavedra
13:00 04 Oct 21
Honestly me and my husband we love CC but the last 3 times we went, we had a horrible service. The girl with red hair and glasses is extremely rude, agressive and grumpy. Honestly it's even scary order drinks with her because she have a terrible sense of costumer service. It's sad because CC is amazing and the rest of the workers are amazing!
Patrick Davis
05:47 10 Sep 21
Visiting from London so first time at this venue. Overall a great place and had no problem with the staff. Didn’t eat only drank here. I didn’t think the prices were too bad and let’s be honest it’s been tough and still is for the hospitality industry so I think customers need to be a little more understanding!Would of wanted to give you guys 5 stars but sadly the music at the time when I was there wasn’t really my thing - sorry.
Purple Panda Overlord
20:50 04 Sep 21
9pm on a Saturday. No queue, fairly empty. We were refused cocktails because "it is going too slow". I mean yeah, the bar staff spent around 3min of more per cocktail. Way to lose money.REPLY: I was going to be fine to wait another 6min for the 2 cocktails that I ordered. Too bad I was refused service straight away.
MJ Taylor
20:29 03 Sep 21
A very vibrant diverse bar. Great place for drinks.
Rob Morgan
15:12 20 Aug 21
I first went to CC Blooms about 20 years ago, and it's always stayed with me. I'm happy to see that all these years later it is still a great bar, with a really lovely atmosphere, and really good prices. My only (small) gripe was the music wasn't really my taste, but that my problem - not the bars! I'll definitely go back the next time I'm in Edinburgh, hopefully it won't be another 20 years!
Kieran Semple
17:44 31 Jul 21
Was passing by and decided to go in for drinks and some light food, and had a great time. Cocktails and food were great, and the staff were very helpful and accommodating. Looking forward to coming back soon😊
John Mcfarlane
22:48 17 Jul 21
Poor choice of beers and lagers the pub next-door was far superior
Matti Henshaw
22:33 16 Jul 21
Would definitely avoid this place! Wouldn't recommend it at all. The staff have bad attitudes, & just plain rude, never been made to feel so uncomfortable in a bar before!
Ryan Whyte
18:33 30 Jun 21
Great environment and feel, along with good service yesterday. Tonight total different story sadly. Poor customer service with having to wait 10 minutes for a member of staff to come over to serve us. No apology. I shall be back although myself and 4 friends annoyed.
Consuelo Mesones
07:56 14 Jun 21
I went for lunch and sat outside to enjoy the sun. Service was excellent, everyone was nice and quick, the prices were good too. It's a perfect place to chill and I can't wait to go here on a night out
Josef William Gardiner-Jones
13:58 08 Jun 21
Nice place, drinks and food reasonable for the Edinburgh price and the beer was fresh! Only issue I had was staff kept coming back every two minutes while reading the menu which put me off! Hopefully this was a one off however it did spoil the occasion.
Harry D. Kamilaris
22:59 04 Jun 21
It's really sad to see how this place has become. Terrible experience. The service was rude and inconsiderate. Not even an apology for forgetting to bring the order. You should really be careful who you are employing and how they are treating the customers. Shocking attitude. I feel sorry for all the future customers trying to have a decent experience there. Avoid at all costs.
Casey S.
22:19 22 Sep 19
We went to CC Blooms for a drag show while in the area. Though the doors to the Lab downstairs opened right at 9, we ended up waiting more than an hour for...
Barron M.
16:59 17 Sep 18
I went here tonight or tried to have a night cap from a long day of traveling. I spent 14 hours on the road traveling and got to my hotel at 11 PM. Had a...
Hannah M.
09:12 29 Jul 16
Fairly recently refurbished, I've been here on two occasions, the first time completely unaware that it's rather a fab gay bar. The first time, I was here...

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