Looking for an unusual venue in Edinburgh? Perhaps you are considering a party in a creaky ancient vault in Old Town or a birthday bistro bus hire and a jaunt across town? Well, whether your tastes run from the industrial to the quirky, Tagvenue’s smart filters are here to help. Edinburgh has something to suit all styles and events. The choice is yours, we’re just here to make it a breeze! Check out your options for unusual venues for hire, compare them, and book your favourite one today!
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Not every event needs to go by the book nor does your venue choice. While Edinburgh’s incredibly atmospheric scenery cannot be ignored, when you add in an unusual and unique venue choice - well, you’ve got the potential for an event that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
The historic legacy of Edinburgh combined with its inventive approach to modern repurposing has yielded a wealth of interesting and cool places. Start your search in The Old Town, this district has many restaurants and clubs in quirky spaces, take a look at the amazingly atmospheric Vault in the Cabaret Voltaire. In fact, many of the vaults in this part of the city have been opened up as function rooms, so take a look at your options within this venue type, particularly in South Bridge. Is there anything more atmospheric than artistically lit arched stone ceilings?
The New Town also has a lot on offer for those with alternative tastes. The Mansfield Traquair, also known as the city’s “Sistine Chapel”, offers full service venues for any kind of occasion you could think of. Furthermore, several other of the city’s old churches have been repurposed as bars and restaurants and these are a definite win if you are hunting for stunning surroundings for a reception, party, wedding, or office event.
If you are looking to go to a truly fringe venue, consider some of the city’s old factories or warehouses. You have several choice locations to pick from including an old biscuit factory, a beer factory, and a granary. The industrial atmosphere of these old workplaces really appeal to modern tastes with their clean lines and exciting past. For these sorts of venues, check up towards Leith.
Straight hire fees are quite common among Edinburgh’s unusual event venues. They start at around £400 per session and reach up to £4,000 per day, depending mainly on the size and type of the venue. For short events, we recommend checking out spaces with hourly rates - the fees tend to stay within the £10-£30 per hour range. If you decide on a minimum spend venue, expect most venues in Edinburgh to charge between £50 and £1,000 per event. However, keep in mind that the most premium unusual spaces might ask for £5,000 and more minimum spend! Another convenient pricing type are per person packages, which usually cost from £20 to £90 per head. Remember that, depending on the type of venue and event, you might be subject to additional fees. (All data from Tagvenue.)
When you decide to book a unique event venue, make sure you don’t get too caught up in the ‘unconventional’ aspect and forget about everything else! Edinburgh is home to unusual venues of all types, so you just have to know what you are looking for. To make things easier, we’ve prepared a short list of questions you might want to ask yourself before making a decision:
In short, while looking for the right unusual venue in Edinburgh, always keep the practical features in mind, and check all the details thoroughly, then you’ll be good to go!
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