Planet Bar

Planet Bar

Edinburgh's longest running gay bar

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Planet Bar in Edinburgh stands as the city's longest-running gay bar, celebrated for its vibrant atmosphere and welcoming environment. This lively venue is a cornerstone of Edinburgh's LGBTQ+ scene, renowned for its friendly crowd and engaging staff. The bar offers a range of low-priced premium drinks, catering to diverse tastes.

Every night, Planet Bar comes alive with DJs spinning tunes from 9 pm, creating an energetic and inclusive atmosphere. On Saturdays, the party starts even earlier at 6 pm. The bar is not just about music; it's a hub for entertainment, featuring regular drag acts and karaoke nights, adding to its appeal as a dynamic social spot.

The interior of Planet Bar is intimate, with a décor that features hues of pink and purple, enhancing its cozy yet lively ambiance. It's a place where guests can relax, socialize, and enjoy the lively spirit of Edinburgh's gay community. Whether for a night out with friends or to enjoy the local drag talent, Planet Bar offers a memorable experience in the heart of Edinburgh's Pink Triangle.



Planet Bar
Based on 192 reviews
James KIRK
23:17 16 May 24
Has to be the best gay bar always given a warm welcome and always a safe place to be and now with the 3 am closes on Friday and Saturday I don’t need to cut my nights out short as always hated leaving early thank you planet
Connor Wallace
23:10 16 May 24
It’s the best gaff in Edinburgh get yourselfs down there asap, service is brilliant bar staff are good banter and will accommodate all drinks requested! 10/10 keep up the good work guys!
21:00 01 May 24
We went for a drink before dinner, so obviously it was not going to be crowded. We got a pitcher of “Blue Lagoon”, a drink both my friend and I have had several times, but it was not good here. The bartender was nice, though.
17:36 17 Apr 24
Don’t know why the name is from an iconic Lesbian bar and yet there where only men. Nothing to do about that but still kinda disappointed
Daren Grummer
22:20 12 Jan 24
Great atmosphere, great food lovely haggis. But quite at times but lovely staff lovely experience
Niamh Mc Mahon
11:33 18 Dec 23
I Went last night and had 1 drink and went back up for another and I was refused service because the bar man said I had too much to drink when i had only 1 drink in this bar and 1 elsewhere as i was recommended this bar so i came over. I was really enjoying the music and seeing everybody having fun. This was strange so I left right away and I went to the street which is brilliant they couldnt believe i got refused .im Visiting from ireland and have been all around the world and have never ever been refused service at any bar or pub. Won't be back I'll give my money to other bars instead !!!
Mauricio Hernandez
16:27 07 Dec 23
As others have stated in the reviews, there seems to be at least one bartender who is standoffish and makes you feel unwelcome.The drink was great but I spent the entire time wondering why I was treated so coldly. Otherwise the place seemed like a good time but couldn’t justify staying for another drink.
D Clark
10:47 19 Nov 23
As described on the front page of evening news cause for concern for hygiene in the kitchen - a scruffy dump with a questionable landlord and some scary punters- wouldn’t use this pub if it was the only gay bar in Edinburgh - you can spend a fortune here and not get drunk “hint.”
00:16 29 Oct 23
My favourite LGBTQ+ bar in Edinburgh. Staff are friendly and always a good atmosphere. Regular drag performance and music to cater to all tastes. You will have a great night here and it isn’t too overpriced either.
Derek Smith
16:22 03 Sep 23
This is my 5th time there really enjoyed on Friday fantastic place took my brother there and we had a meal excellent food as always, drinks reasonably to well, staff are amazing to definitely going back there.
Fabrício Belvederesi
21:04 16 Aug 23
Probably the worst service I’have been into. The bald barman is not worried in treat people well and explain how the Planet system works. If he doens’t want to work maybe he shound’t be at this position
Simon Hauwaerts
06:17 24 Jul 23
Pleasant vibe and fun decor. Did seem to attract mostly the gay male side of the queer community, but there were also some other letters of the acronym present and everyone seemed relaxed and friendly.
Brandon Bennett
19:01 22 Jul 23
Thought the place was weird when I first came in because it was a mixed crowd and there was a smoke machine but then the drag performance started and it was amazing. Staff are so friendly, from security to bar staff, to the performers. Great crowd and I would recommend to anyone visiting Edinburgh:)
Laura Rea
16:47 24 May 23
The bar staff were lovely especially Julie. But the door/security staff were even more amazing! So lovely and welcoming, they went over and above to make sure we had a great weekend. We were over from Belfast and will definitely be back. We had a great night. Thank you
Kevin K
08:00 10 May 23
Went last night and was refused service because according to the bar man I already had too much to drink. This was beyond weird as I hadn’t yet had any alcohol at all anywhere last night. Visiting from the US and been all around the world and never refused service at any bar or pub. DONT GO. Went to the nearby bar The Street and was served my pint without a problem (and a smile).
Paul Green
16:08 19 Feb 23
Staff are a blast (Julie and Darren legends), great atmosphere and Cilla knows how to throw a party.
Nathan Quinn
11:07 06 Feb 23
Was in Edinburgh on holidays & had a great experience here. Bartenders couldn’t have been more accommodating through all of their gestures & best gay bar in the area IMO. Range of activities on different nights & the client base was so friendly, positive atmosphere all around.
23:56 30 Dec 22
So boring! Even more disappointing than the bars in London. People don’t give up their seats, one guy sits at a table for four. Rude and weird guys are so many out there. This kind of thing would never happen in Japan.
Daniel Jesus
19:55 29 Nov 22
I could comment on many of the posstive aspects of the bar, however the bartender have just cutted off my mood.For my first time in the bar such a disappointment being miss treated in such an arrogant way just because the Mr. has some problems with the person that was with me. (for you consideration I'm not a local nor I live in this country)
Allison Park
15:52 30 Oct 22
Had a brilliant night,I love Planet.Everyones so friendly,fancy dress was amazing.Best wishes Elvira .xx
Nuno M.
14:40 22 Oct 22
Really friendly ! Good vibe. Everyone is welcome.They know how to party and make you feel good
Thisgirl Whodis
22:41 01 Oct 22
If you’re a person of colour I do not advise coming here. They’ve clearly got an issue with non-white people, only want people of their own in there. Very rude, and owner is clearly racist. You’ll realise this as soon as you step foot. Avoid at all costs!
14:41 10 Sep 22
Amazing bar, good cocktails and entertainment. Inclusive, beautiful 🌺❤️
Fcuk_sake _ally
00:35 04 Sep 22
Amazing bar was my first time ever visiting a gay bar in the 22 year on this planet. Staff were lovely and drinks were amazing very fast service and very welcoming really cute guy behide bar with red top 3/9/22 at night was very polite and kind and just a very good representation of the company . Will definitely be back great atmosphere and door staff had a great sense of humour defiently would recommend 10/10
Chaeli A.
07:54 21 Jul 22
I loved the vibe of the bar. Patrons were welcoming and the staff was very attentive! Definitely recommend.
Jim Howison
20:12 09 Apr 22
First time in it. Very clean and welcoming. No food at time, but that didn't matter. Friendly staff and great entertaining DJ. Miss D Q!
Andrew Dempsey
16:43 29 Mar 22
Absolutely brilliant. I met my husband here at a drag night and have never looked back.
Anita O' Reilly
19:08 18 Feb 22
Had the best night at the quiz night in Planet. Staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. Lovely atmosphere, excellent entertainment. Highly recommend ☺️
Róbert Routen
20:17 09 Dec 21
Visited for work and also caught up with some mates on a visit to Edinburgh. I am a London lad (formerly of budapest) long time London......cannot believe I walked into this place and felt at home. I loved the warm fun friendly welcome from the staff. How can I forget this... I never will they had my favourite soft drink on tap.... this obviously goes with vodka and sometimes can give you wings!!! Miles ahead of London. Thank you, thank you and thank you xxxx
Paweł Trojanowski
10:54 28 Nov 21
Watch out for thieves. poor security guys, will not help you with anything
Tamsin Smitheringale
22:13 30 Oct 21
The bouncer is an absolute bully the one with the beard is on a power trip and doesn't explain anything clearly. He touches women without their permission and is disgusting.
Michael Hobbs
10:38 20 Oct 21
I can't rate Planet highly enough! Amazing staff, excellent value for money, great acts, regular karaoke and a really supportive atmosphere for anyone who gets up and sings.
Xander Cuthill Main
14:12 13 Oct 21
Great pkace friendly bar staff....good atmosphere.xx
Kirstin Strachan
09:35 10 Sep 21
Absolutely awesome, we went for a team night out after mini golf and the staff were awesome and DJ Cilla was banging. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. If I could give the place 10* I would !! Thanks so much for a fantastic night! Love Team Steedman (not a bakery lol) xxx
Patrick Davis
05:49 10 Sep 21
Great place and music! Will be back upon my next visit to Edinburgh!
derek hartley
20:00 08 Aug 21
Best in Edinburgh since covid and before the prices have increased dramatically!! I.E for example a double vodka and cola is now £4.80 where other places are cheaper! Tennants £4.10 for a pint! But, saying that friendly staff make you welcome. Drag acts on Friday night and various entertainment during the week! (Before covid happend hopefully soon be back to normal!! But, sadly we hav Nichola Sturgeon in charge #Team Tory #SNPOUT #ResignedSturgeon
Jessica Gentles
21:11 05 Aug 21
Great music and very strong cocktails (even the pitchers and they were huge)
Ari Majeed
15:44 31 Jul 21
Been for a drink, we ordered a cocktail and a beer, they checked us 5 times in a strange way just because we were not ordering more, i understand it if you were busy but you were not, also i would have stayed for more drinks if i could get my phone charged. They said they cant charge my phone due to covid haha what a joke!!
Matti Henshaw
04:11 23 Jun 21
Nice & relaxed place, very friendly staff, good prices, good music.
kateryna Liddle
12:21 07 Jun 21
Was in on Friday night and the place was full with everyone having a great time. I was really impressed by the décor it has all been done up and open plan now with comfortable booths, really nicely done and great entertainment and music. The drinks are very reasonable with a great selection of shots and cocktails. The owner John-Boy was as always his charming self; chatting and having fun with the customers, the way it should be.
Dee Mahaacharige
01:00 29 Apr 21
Always best night out in planet bar.. friendly staff are Always welcoming to the pub.. love the place..
Chris Jenkins
09:43 15 Mar 21
Never had a bad experience here. Always welcomed, staff couldn't be more helpful and there's never a dull moment. Hopefully be back open soon and packed to the gunnels when we are allowed.
Allan Jay
15:51 14 Mar 21
Absolutely love Planet BarGreat staff , lovely atmosphere. A nice safe environment.Planet is great for a nice quiet drink during the day and also for a right good night out in te evening.Would highly recommend for anyone when in Edinburgh😁
Dylan Smith
13:38 14 Mar 21
Cant wait to get back to Planet for a great meal. The staff are very welcoming and go out of their way to provide amazing service. The DJ's are always happy to take requests and theres nowhere else id rather go on a Friday night with the fabulous drag shows
Billy Meadows
13:19 14 Mar 21
Great bar with the best staff. There's always entertainment from Dj's to drag queens. Amazing food too
Ross Lyall
20:32 20 Feb 21
Vile staff and owner . Stay away. Watered down booseGlad the reviews are getting worse.
Ric G.
05:08 24 Oct 15
Honeymooned in Edinburgh from America with my cousin from Lindon, found this great place first night. We would go to another place but always ended up at...
S T.
10:15 03 Jul 10
It was a while back that I visited Planet Out, and I will admit right now to not noticing it was a gay venue until I was groped by a woman who was larger...
16:42 30 Dec 08
There is one phrase which sums up why I go to Planet Out- Fanta Orange on tap. Anyone who has not been introduced to the joy that is a double vodka with...

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