A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh at the Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

We didn’t really expect to find too much happening on a November Monday night in Edinburgh, but the city proved us wrong and delivered a blooming marvellous night out. Booze was drunk, bands were listened to and new friends were made.

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

The first stop was the Black Bull on Grassmarket, where Graeme  E Pearson was banging out Scottish tunes with gusto and panache.

A natural entertainer, he quickly united the smallish crowd into an all-singing and all-shouting party gang, with the Proclaimers going down particularly well. He was very entertaining indeed.

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

Next stop was the Oz Bar, a short walk up the hill at 33 Candlemaker Row, EH1. We loved this bar.

Lively and with super friendly customers and staff, it was a great place to knock back a few shots and chew the fat with locals.

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

He was actually a lot more friendly than he looked!

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

The spider bog.

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

An entirely different sort of bar awaited us next, as a 5 min walk away was the folkie Royal Oak in Infirmary Street.

People sat round listening to acoustic music or just joined in. It was lovely.

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

Singing around the table.

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland

The final destination was The Jazz Bar on Chambers Street where entrance was a mere £1 and the band were still playing at 2.30am.

A cracking Monday night in Edinburgh: Black Bull, Oz Bar, Royal Oak and the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland