Feel like a flutter when you are on your visit to Edinburgh? Visitors to the city can visit four first class casinos where it is possible to play roulette, blackjack, poker, dice or try their luck on jackpot machines.
The Stanley Berkeley Casino and the Stanley Edinburgh Casino are both situated in the city centre, in Rutland Square and York Place respectively, while the Cascades Leith Casino can be found in the new complex at Ocean Drive, Leith, but the casino that combines wonderful period décor with excellent gaming facilities is the Maybury at the foot of South Maybury Drive on the city boundary.
The interior of the Maybury is pure 1930's Art Deco with moulded plaster figures on the walls, an elegant curving staircase and balcony and period furniture. It is a credit to the owners that the setting has been preserved. Go and see it even if you don't want to try your luck on the roulette wheel.
On most Saturday nights there is live entertainment at the Maybury and it also holds special Ladies' Nights with free drinks, food and a goodie bag for every customer. A £10 free bet is given to everyone in a pre-booked party of eight. To gain admittance it is essential to show your passport or driving licence.
If gambling doesn't appeal, Edinburgh also offers a range of 18 night clubs with each offering its own distinctive attraction ranging from the live gigs that perform at the Café Voltaire, the Bongo Club in the High Street, and Henry's Jazz Cellar in Morrison Street. The Egg in the Old Town specialises in '60's and '70's music and one of the most intriguing clubs is the Kaffe Politik in Bruntsfield's Marchmont Road which advertises itself as having "an atmosphere of intellectual calm." Another interesting night spot is the Lumiere behind the Royal Scottish Museum in Chambers Street which has a 278 seat cinema and a café bar. The films on show are either foreign or new age.
As far as pubs are concerned, Edinburgh has a mind boggling selection, 417 in fact scattered all over the city. Some of them, especially those in the High Street, are very old, but a few have been subjected to unfortunate modernisation. Those that have maintained their old atmosphere however include the Beehive in the Grassmarket, the Canny Man in Marchmont and the 200 year old Golf Tavern on the edge of the Meadows.
Down in the old fishing port of Newhaven, don't miss the Old Chain Pier Bar, established in 1878, and the Peacock in Newhaven High Street which serves world famous fish and chips.
Visitors also enjoy downing a pint in the unassuming Oxford Bar in Young Street which author Ian Rankin used as the favourite drinking den of his hard boiled detective inspector Rebus.
If attractive period surroundings appeal more however, a call in at the old established Café Royal behind Register House is a must. The Oyster Bar, with its magnificent Doulton tile mural behind the bar, has so far resisted change or modernisation - long may it last.