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8 inspired ideas for an evening out at Fort Kinnaird


Classic movies, cocktails, great food and more

Looking for the perfect night out near Edinburgh? With a whole host of restaurants, world-leading street food, retro nights and cocktail masterclasses, big-name movies and special screenings at Odeon plus incredible offers, Fort Kinnaird has you covered (discover all of our late openings here). Here’s our insider guide.


1. Step back to the Noughties with Frankie & Benny’s

Ciabatta dippers with Mozzarella

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Frankie and Benny’s has launched the Bring It Back noughties menu celebrating the best of 2003 with nostalgic plates of calzone pizzas, a Purple Rain cocktail and Coca Cola floats and more. Head there with friends and order the incredible Benny’s Sample Platter with BBQ chicken wings, loaded cheese potato skins, chicken strips, garlic ciabatta bread and onion rings all served with sour cream, BBQ and French dressing dips. Just add Crazy In Love and Cry Me A River to the soundtrack…


2. See the latest movies at Odeon

Odeon Fort Kinnarid exterior

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With seven screens featuring the latest blockbuster releases and independent films – whatever you’re in the mood Odeon has it covered. Save money on tickets by booking ahead then we recommend dinner-and-a-movie nights or big evenings out with friends.


3. Take a cocktail masterclass at Fridays

Barman making a cocktail

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Whether it’s a birthday, hen night or stag do or work night out, the Fridays cocktail masterclass is the answer. Designed for six or more people (at £35pp), enjoy a welcome cocktail mixed by your masterclass mixologist then have a go at creating your own cocktails while enjoying sharing towers of Fridays’ delicious food. Book your spot here.


4. Embrace some street food sharing with friends

Pepperoni pizza

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Sometimes all you want to do with friends is eat some delicious street food and Fort Kinnaird has all the best spots in one place. For chicken tenders and peri-peri cravings, head to Nando’s; Pizza Express and Pizza Hut for loaded pizza, vegan stuffed crusts and sharing menus (with 20% off for students Sunday to Thursday) and, for on-the-go burgers, Five Guys and McDonald’s.


5. Go for a glow-up dinner at Wagamama

Friends enjoying meal at wagamama

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Don’t miss wagamama for tasty noodles, gyoza and bao and its brand new menu of lighter dishes and new cocktails. With Asian-style Padron peppers, koyo bowls of healthy deliciousness (salmon with a sticky red chilli and miso sauce served on a bed of mixed leaves, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, mooli, red radish and edamame beans) and cocktails of pandan colada and thai chilli margarita, this is the way to end your day.


6. Tuck into an evening feast at chaiiwala

Interior of chaiiwala

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Bombay bowls of butter chicken and rice, aloo tikka burgers, masala chips, samosa chaat and out-of-this-world drinks and desserts make chaiiwala your new go-to destination for sharing meals with friends and family. Bringing New Delhi traditions to easy dining, this is an unmissable place for a celebration or simple catch-up.


7. Do some late-night shopping

Next model on beach

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Evenings are the ideal time to find hidden gems at TK Maxx or update this season’s wardrobe at Primark, Next and New Look. Give your cosmetic bag some love at Boots and Marks & Spencer. Love reading? Head to Waterstones and WH Smith (open until 7.30pm) for the latest biographies, Colleen Hoover blockbusters, thrillers and more.

For design types, don’t miss HomeSense’s interiors’ finds and Hobbycraft’s inspiring ideas for crafts, sewing and art. If you need to update workout and gym looks, take a look around in and JD Sports. Discover all of our late openings here


8. Enjoy cocktails, mocktails and comfort food

Double decker burger and chips

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Bread Meats Bread’s mocktails, cocktails and hard sundaes (try the Drunken Oreo Shake) are worth a night out alone with award-winning burgers (named Best Burger in Scotland not once but twice), chicken subs, grilled cheese and hot honey sweet potato fries make this the perfect place for an indulgent meal out.


Getting here

It’s super easy to get here. There are also 2,600 free car parking spaces available with plenty of dedicated disabled parking. We also provide bike racks to keep cycles secure while you shop. If you’re travelling by bus, take Prentice Coaches 108 and 118 and Lothian 30, 400 (previously 18), 106 and 49. By train, you can go from Edinburgh Haymarket and Waverley stations to nearby Newcraighall station.

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