Evening Out at Fort Kinnaird

Looking for things to do in the evening this Christmas in Edinburgh?

With your Christmas shopping all wrapped up, it’s time for fun. Relax over Christmas drinks with friends or enjoy a festive family feast!

With many of our stores and restaurants open late plus The Odeon at Fort Kinnaird, free parking, excellent public transport, here's 8 of the top things to do at Fort Kinnaird.

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1. Warm up with wagamama's winter menu

Gyoza ramen
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If pan-Asian cuisine is more your thing, head to Wagamama and enjoy their incredible Asian-inspired menu.

Try the new vegetable or chicken gyoza ramen; steamed gyoza with ramen noodles, vegetable broth, bok choi, tea stained egg with fresh chilli sambal, and pair with their winter warmer, Panchi (a freshly squeezed juice with a shot of rum). 

There are desserts, fresh juices, hot drinks, wine, sake and expertly crafted Asian beers too, along with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options thanks to their 50% plant pledge menu.

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2. Get feasting with Frankie and Benny's festive menu

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Frankie and Benny's have gone all out with their feasting menu this year, packing it with festive flair and flavours that sleigh. There’s Porchetta Croquettes, a Glad Tidings Baked Pasta and a Choux Bun Tower of dreams to finish your meal off in spectacular fashion. Tuck into 2 Merry meals for £18.99 or 3 Christmassy courses for £22.99. Plus try one of their signature merry-maker cocktails.

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3. Festive flavours at PizzaExpress

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Pizza Express is serving up its delicious menu of Italian favourites that are sure to bring a taste of Italy to Teesside.

This season, Pizza Express is setting the table for a festive feast with extra flavour. Indulgence is on the menu, from truffle loaded Dough Balls to dazzling Christmas cocktails. We’re the perfect place for Christmas work-dos or a celebration with family and friends. Whatever your festive mood, we've got the food.

Dine on the Christmas menu from 15th November.

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4. Who cares about naughty or nice, Christmas at Nando’s is all about spice

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Head to Nando’s to taste its legendary flame-grilled PERi PERi chicken dishes and mouth-watering sides.  

Whether you’re planning an office party, taking a break from turkey or fancy trying Nando's Christmas menu items, Nando's have everything you need for a festive fix!


5. Make every night a Friday night

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With flowing cocktails and charismatic bartenders, every night feels like a Friday night at Fridays! Choose from a whole host of amazing cocktail creations, from a Pornstar Martini and Tequila Sunrise to a Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned or Paloma. Whether it's a work party, get-together with friends, or a family gathering; celebrate the festivities at Fridays with our delicious Christmas menu that has something everyone will love.

There are also plenty of no and low alcohol cocktails on offer, from a Grapefruit Seltzer to a Ginless Garden, as well as fish and vegetarian food options to cater to all.


6. Make room for a sweet treat at Hotel Chocolat

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Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy an evening treat during an after-dinner stroll or to round off an evening of retail therapy.

Hotel Chocolat specialises in luxury chocolates made on its own organic, eco-conscious cacao farms. The brand new Satin Black velvetiser is a great Christmas gift for chocolate lovers

The store is also home to a specialist café where shoppers can take a break and indulge in a variety of hot chocolates, Coffee Chocolat Lattes, ice cream and ‘teaolat’ - a tea infusion that blends herbs, spices and cacao shells.


7. Grab a friend and shop your Christmas party wardrobe

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It’s time to enjoy shopping in real life again! With a whole host of shops at Fort Kinnaird – from H&MFat Face and Goldsmiths to JD SportsNew LookNext and Primark and River Island – enjoy some late-night retail therapy and stock up on essentials for the party season.

Why not make a trip of it and bring a friend along? They can help you pick the perfect outfit, encourage you to try on new styles and after the shopping is done, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at Fort Kinnaird.

Our stores are open until 9pm Monday-Friday and are usually a little quieter after 6pm, so visiting us in the evening is a good way to shop at a more leisurely pace. On Saturdays and Sundays our stores are open until 6pm.


8. Enjoy a movie

If you’ve missed cinema mate-dates or even date-dates, head to ODEON Fort Kinnaird to catch the latest movies. After a long day at work, a cinema trip is a perfect way to sit back, relax and enjoy a film. With seven screens of pure entertainment, there are plenty of options, however, it’s best to plan ahead, view the latest Edinburgh cinema listings and book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

This Christmastime, the blockbuster release is Avatar 2: The Way of Water, or watch Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, released in November. Plus a range of live events including the Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker.


Find a full list of our stores, restaurants and leisure operators on our Eat Drink and Shop page.