So you’re a fan of the musicals? So are we! A night of singing, dancing, costumes and extravagant stage sets – what more could you want?! At Fountain Court Apartments, we are lucky for having the Edinburgh Playhouse right on our doorstep bringing us the hottest shows all year round. But for some people a 2-hour show is not enough, a 2-hour show merely captures the whole experience of going to the musicals and there is so much more to do to get into the mood for your favourite musical… from dressing up (ahem, Rocky Horror Picture Show fans) to listening to the soundtrack on repeat. But what is there to do in Edinburgh to do to get you hyped and buzzing for Edinburgh Playhouse’s upcoming shows? Well, well, well, we’ve put our thinking hats on and come up with our best tips to get you ready for the best shows coming to Edinburgh.
Drink prohibition style and get in the mood for Chicago
Set in the roaring twenties, the story behind Chicago takes places in the American prohibition-era when the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages was forbidden. To avoid this ban (and obviously still get drunk) people came together in secret underground bars, the so-called ‘Speakeasies’. These bars were dark, secretive and hidden usually in plain sight behind a shop door advertising something completely different. To experience the vibe of doing something not completely legal, you can head to Edinburgh’s Panda and Sons (completely legal). Its entrance on Queen Street looks like the shop front of a barbers and you will have to go down some stairs and through a door concealed as a bookcase to get to the actual bar. The bar in itself feels cosy and welcoming with a great number of exotic cocktails on the menu. But psst don’t tell anyone. Also, find the Liquor Library a little bit off the beaten track on Barony Street. It’s a small Prohibition-style bar where you will need the secret password in order to be let in.
Spend a purrrfect afternoon before enjoying CATS
You don’t really have to like cats in order to enjoy the musical CATS, but if you like yourself a furry friend, we’ve got the perfect tip for you. Since 2015 we’ve got our very own cat café in Edinburgh: Maison de Moggy in Old Town. For £7 you can spend an hour with the so-called ‘Moggy Stars’ (the cats) and for a little extra you can get a delicious bit of cake on the side as well.
Discover the live music stars and see Sunny Afternoon
Since Sunny Afternoon will rock your world in a musical kind of way by telling the story of one of Britain’s greatest bands The Kinks, you might enjoy some more live music in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic venues. Whistlebinkies next to the Royal Mile, for example, is definitely an institution. They do live music every night and you might just spot the next rock stars in the making like Grayson King pictured in the Instagram by @auldreekie10 above. Another great venue for live music can be found in Sneaky Pete’s on Cowgate, where Britain’s best music talent has been passing the mike to each other for years now.
Tickle your taste buds the Mediterranean way as in Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! is set on a beautiful Greek island surrounded by turquoise waters and kissed by the sun. While it might be quite difficult to perfectly replicate the feeling of the sun on your skin, there is one thing we have in Edinburgh… and that is marvellous Mediterranean food. Especially Meze Meze on Rose Street is a place we would highly recommend. And not only us! Last time we checked Meze Meze was ranked as one of the best 30 restaurants in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor. But why not see (and taste) the amazing range of Mediterranean dishes they offer for yourself?!
Get your dance on before watching the professionals in Billy Elliott
Billy Elliot the Musical is known for its great dance scenes even more than all the other musical because it tells the story of a young boy falling in love with dancing ballet. And what better way to get excited about a ‘dancy’ show than to get your dance moves on?! We’ve got many a dance studio in Edinburgh, but if you really want to be spoiled for choice head to Dance Base on Grassmarket. They offer drop-in classes and workshops for all ages from classic ballet to traditional Scottish dancing, 90s Pop and many more.