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- Have a ball at Ballie Ballerson
- Get inked at Watermelon Tattoo
- Have a boozy brunch at Rabble
- Devour a deep-fried Mars bar at Clamshell
- Go on a beer-tasting tour
- Have a blast at Boom Battle Bar
- Speed date at Ditch or Date?
- Savour whisky and cheese at Whiski Rooms
- Test your wits at Escape Hunt
- Have fun at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
If you’re typically caught between wanting to conquer the world and needing a nap, chances are, you’re in your 20s.
Whether you’re an art aficionado, a music lover, a foodie, or simply in search of thrilling experiences, our local’s guide explores the top things to do in Edinburgh for young adults.
So, grab your friends, vibe check your OOTD, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure.
Have a ball at Ballie Ballerson
Known For: Ball Pits, Cocktails, Private Karaoke, DJs
Address: 14 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QN, United Kingdom
- Wed-Thurs: 6 PM–12 AM
- Friday: 6 PM–1 AM
- Saturday: 12:30 PM–1 AM
- Sunday: 6 PM–12 AM
Contact Details: https://edinburgh.ballieballerson.com/ball-pit-tickets/#buy-tickets
Dress Code: Flat Shoes, Mid-Block Heels, Trainers, Smart Casual, Trendy Cycle Shorts, Bar/Club Appropriate Attire
- Sun-Thurs – £4.50 per person
- Fri – £7 per person
- Sat – £10 per person
– Entry to Ballie Ballerson
Sun – Thurs – all night access to the ball pits
Fri – Sat – 2 hour access to the ball pits
– Full pizza and cocktail menu available to order
First come first serve seating
Ball pits are like magical portals where time stops and responsibilities vanish amidst a sea of colourful balls. And Ballie Ballerson, a ball pit cocktail bar, offers a unique and quirky take on this experience.
Here, you can dive into the ball pit, sip on nostalgic drinks inspired by treats like Dip Dabs, and groove to the DJ’s beats.
Whether you’re up for a singalong in the private karaoke room or just looking to have a good time, Ballie Ballerson is the perfect spot to let loose.
When booking VIP seated brunch tickets for the drinking members of your group, simply provide them with the booking reference number.
They’ll offer a £10 discount for the non-drinking guest and provide a separate payment link for their reservation.
Get inked at Watermelon Tattoo
Known For: Bespoke Watercolour Tattoos, Trans Friendly Salon
Address: 19 Easter Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5PJ, United Kingdom
Operating Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 AM–6 PM
Contact Details: +44 131 652 1988
Tattoos are the perfect conversation starters for young adults, who love to explain the deep meaning behind their random collection of symbols and doodles. So, get inked with your friends at Watermelon Tattoo, a family-run studio on Easter Road.
This is the creative venture of partners Noemi Sorrentino and Sandie Tweedie. With over eight years of experience, Noemi specialises in unique watercolour style while Sandie brings 12 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.
This shop is closed on Sundays, so for those only available on this day, here is our list of the best tattoo parlours in Edinburgh.
Before getting a tattoo, make sure to drink plenty of water, avoid drinking alcohol, get plenty of sleep, and bring a valid photo ID.
Have a boozy brunch at Rabble
Known For: Boozy Brunches, Bar Bites, Party Packages, Group Set Menus
Contact Details: +44 131 622 7800
Address: 55A Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1LH, United Kingdom
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 7:30 AM–1 AM
Boozy brunches provide young adults with the perfect excuse to day-drink and simultaneously validate their love for breakfast foods. A great place to do this is Rabble, where the festivities kick off with a refreshing cocktail of your choice upon arrival.
I just love sitting back and relishing a delectable spread of continental breakfast items for the table, followed by a mouthwatering breakfast dish of my choosing.
My go-to is their Chandon Garden Spritz brunch package, priced at £42 per person. This includes your choice of cocktail on arrival, an array of freshly baked croissants, cured meats, cheese, toast, and preserves, and of course, a Chandon Garden Spritz.
For the ultimate budget-friendly, bubbly experience, opt for the Prosecco package at only £38 per person.
For this, you get to choose from one of their 8 cocktails when you arrive. Then, you’ll be given an assortment of just-baked croissants, artisanal cured meats, flavorful cheeses, toasted bread, and delectable preserves, and a prosecco!
Devour a deep-fried Mars bar at Clamshell
Known For: Battered Mars Bars, Fish and Chips, Pakoras
Contact Details: +44 1302 590305
Address: 148 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, United Kingdom
- Mon-Thurs, Sunday: 12 PM–1 AM
- Fri-Sat: 12 PM–3 AM
Forget about health fads and superfoods: deep-fried Mars bars are the secret to eternal happiness. Well, maybe not eternal, but at least until you finish devouring one.
For over 30 years, Clamshell has been the destination for customers seeking culinary adventures. Step over to the dark side and treat yourself to this Scottish delicacy!
While the food at this establishment is undeniably delicious, be prepared for the possibility of a longer-than-expected wait.
Go on a beer-tasting tour
Known For: Narrated Tastings of Local Brews
Contact Details: +44 2039 620237
Address: 50/4 Montpelier Park, EH10 4NH, Edinburgh, MidLothian, United Kingdom
Go on a refreshing beer tasting walking tour where you can showcase your impressive ability to walk and drink simultaneously, without spilling a drop. It’s a skill that will wow your friends and create unforgettable (or maybe blurry) stories to share.
This unique 2-hour experience takes you on a captivating exploration of the city’s rich brewing history. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and discover new flavours that will leave you and your mates thirsting for more!
If you’re lucky enough to appear younger than you look (or if you simply have a baby face), it’s always a good idea to bring your ID with you.
Some venues may ask for proof of age, so having your identification handy will save you any potential hassle. So, don’t forget to slip your ID into your pocket or bag before heading out!
Have a blast at Boom Battle Bar
Known For: Axe Throwing, Crazier Golf, Augmented Reality Darts, Shuffleboard
Address: Units 3 & 4, Omni Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3AU, United Kingdom
Contact Details: +44 131 332 1212
- Mon-Thurs: 12 PM–11 PM
- Friday: 12 PM–12 AM
- Saturday: 11 AM–12 AM
- Sunday: 11 AM–11 PM
Boom Battle Bar is a paradise for big kids, offering a thrilling selection of games like axe-throwing, crazy golf, and shuffleboard.
You’ll certainly get your adrenaline rush when you battle it out with a mate or a date while enjoying killer DJ sets. And don’t forget to satisfy your rumbling tums with delicious wings and loaded fries, perfectly paired with refreshing cocktails.
If you’re a student, you’re in luck! You can score a fantastic 15% discount on full-priced games from Monday to Thursday.
Speed date at Ditch or Date?
Known For: Speed Dating
Address: 125b George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JN, United Kingdom
Contact Details: +44 7796 695015
Operating Hours: Line is available to call from 8:30am to 9:00pm, 7 days a week
Speed dating is like a crash course in socialising for young adults. It’s a hilarious rollercoaster ride of small talk, cheesy pick-up lines, and the occasional awkward silence – but hey, at least you’ll have some great stories to share with your friends!
Don’t feel nervous about attending alone – bring a friend who is also searching for a date. You can even experience the fast-food version of romance by chatting and flirting with up to twenty individuals in one evening.
Keep the conversation light and fun by avoiding controversial topics such as politics or religion, unless you both share a passionate interest in them. Remember, it’s not a job interview, so don’t just rattle off a list of your assets and achievements.
Savour whisky and cheese at Whiski Rooms
Address: 4-7 N Bank St, Edinburgh EH1 2LP, United Kingdom
Contact details: +44 131 225 7224
Operating hours: Mon-Sun: 10 AM–1 AM
At Whiski Rooms, we can attempt to sound well-versed about whiskey notes and cheese pairings while secretly just trying to remember which one is the whiskey and which one is the cheese.
All cheeses are sourced from an independent local cheesemonger, ensuring the highest quality. And with over 300 whiskies to choose from, including options from around the world, Whiski Rooms is a whiskey lover’s paradise.
And the best part? It starts at only £40 per person! If you prefer a more casual setting, check out our list of the best sports bars in Edinburgh here.
Before booking, visit their website at https://www.whiskirooms.co.uk/the-latest/events/ to stay updated on the latest events and take advantage of budget-friendly promotions. Plan ahead and save some pennies!
Test your wits at Escape Hunt
Known For: Indoor Escape Rooms, City Hunt Games
Address: Units 3 & 4, Omni Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3AU, United Kingdom
Contact details: +44 131 225 5522
Operating hours: Mon-Sun: 10 AM–10 PM
Can you and your friends work together without killing each other over who gets to hold the flashlight? Escape Hunt Edinburgh boasts four themed rooms to choose from, where you and your team will race against the clock to find clues and solve puzzles.
You can choose from these four stories: the Mysteries of Atlantis, Alice in Puzzleland, Blackbeard’s Treasure, or The Fourth Samurai. Prices start at £22 per person for groups of 5-6 players.
For optimal gameplay, aim to form teams of 2-6 players. Should your group exceed 6 participants, consider dividing into two teams and ignite a thrilling head-to-head showdown!
Have fun at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
Known For: Over 100 Interactive, Hands-On Illusions
Address: 549 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, United Kingdom
Contact Details: +44 131 226 3709
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 9 AM–10 PM
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is where young adults can finally experience what it’s like to question their own sanity in a fun and lighthearted way.
Here, expect to step into a world of optical illusions, interactive exhibits, and mind-boggling visual tricks that will challenge your perception of reality.
From the mind-bending Mirror Maze to the mind-boggling Vortex Tunnel, this immersive attraction will keep you on your toes.
Don’t be afraid to ask the friendly staff for guidance or explanations. They are there to enhance your experience and can provide insights and interesting facts about the illusions and exhibits.
Also, there are hidden surprises and details that may require a closer look. Don’t rush through the exhibits and miss out on the magic.