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Entertainment

Edinburgh has a fantastic selection of things to do of an evening, besides watching rugby or talking about rugby down the boozer.

The two best guides to what's on are The List (copies of the latest print edition (weekly during the Festival, fortnightly otherwise) are available in all local newsagents) and S1Play.com.

Film fans are especially well catered for, with five cinemas in the city centre alone: the Filmhouse, Cameo (both specialising in independent and foreign films) and Odeon are all on Lothian Road in the West End with Cineworld a bit further west whilst the Vue Omni Centre has 12 screens at the top of Leith Walk.

Theatre goers will also find plenty to see, ranging from major musicals at the Playhouse via touring productions at the King's, the home of new writing at the Traverse to the wonders of the Royal Lyceum where the resident company produce some of the finest theatre in Scotland.

(If you think theatre and rugby don't mix, you obviously haven't seen John Breen's Alone It Stands; a tale of mighty derring-do on the sporting field and happenings both comic and tragic off it as Munster pull-off one of the all-time upsets by beating the mighty All Blacks. Do yourself a favour and remedy this glaring omission in your life at the earliest opportunity.)

Meanwhile, over at the Festival Theatre you can see touring Opera, Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

If you prefer to do the dancing yourself clubbers are well catered for with a host of venues in Edinburgh including Subway Cowgate, Opium, Po Na Na, Cabaret Voltaire and The Liquid Room.

Both the last named are also live music venues, as is The Jam House. Also worth checking out for live music are 80 Queen Street or The Jazz Bar for jazz and blues, or The Edinburgh Folk Club (does exactly what it says on the tin). For those whose tastes run more to rock and pop music there’s a wide range of venues, including Bannerman’s, Whistlebinkies, The Left Bank and Henry’s Cellar Bar. The most eclectic programmes are to be found at The Queen’s Hall, and The Usher Hall, both noted for classical music, but both offering a great deal more besides.

On a lighter note fans of stand-up comedy can get their fix on a regular basis at The Stand or at Jongleurs