Are you a person on the LGBTQ+ spectrum that is looking for a safe space to party, drink or eat with fellow LGBTQ+ people? Maybe you are just looking for regular Drag shows in the Edinburgh area. Maybe you aren’t on the LGBTQ+ spectrum at all and are just looking for a fun place to go clubbing with your friends. If any of these statements describe you, then you should head on down to CC Blooms. I made a bold claim in the title of this article that CC Blooms isn’t just a good LGBTQ+ bar, it’s the best one (in Edinburgh) and when I describe all the fun things available to do here, I think you’ll have no choice but to agree with me.
CC Blooms was founded in 1994 by the original owners Diane and Brian. Diane and Brian named the bar after LGBTQ+ icon Bette Midler’s role in the film Beaches. The bar has been refurbished many times over the years but still has the same level of charm that it had back then.
During the daytime, CC Blooms is open to the public as a great place to go for lunch with affordable food and drink served. The lunch menu contains tasty salads, sandwiches, baked potatoes and more. The food doesn’t stop after lunch however and is served until the bar closes. One of the highlights of the menu is the “Edin-burger” which is a beef burger covered in haggis, pepper sauce and gravy and as you can probably tell from that description it is one of the most Scottish burgers you will ever eat.
When night falls the bar opens and it’s time to drink! Maybe try one of CC Bloom’s unique cocktails like the gummy bear martini or the millionaire mojito. If those cocktails don’t sound like your style don’t there are tons of great drinks to choose from and they are all relatively reasonably priced.
CC Blooms also has a cellar bar called LAB which is open to the public for events like the weekly 18+ Drag shows hosted by Alice Rabbit aptly called the Rabbit Hole which happens every Tuesday from 8 pm. Enjoy lip syncs from the CC Blooms queens and witty Scottish drag comedy stylings from the iconic Alice Rabbit. Apart from drag shows the LAB also opens up for quiz nights on Thursday and is just open to the general public from midnight till 3 am on weekends