Orange Wednesday in Edinburgh & a few pints

I managed to brave the freezing conditions in Edinburgh yesterday for the cause of buy one get one free cinema tickets :-) Also known as Orange Wednesdays. I went to the Vue cinema at Edinburgh’s Omni Centre complex for the 7pm showing of Saw 2 (which I thought, like the first, was watchable).

The price was ¬£6 per ticket, so effectively ¬£3 each with the Orange Wednesday deal. The cinema is very modern, seats are spacious and is my preferred chain cinema to watch movies at in Edinburgh. A while back the Orange website didn’t seem to specify, other than Vue, any other central Edinburgh cinemas that participated in Orange Wednesdays. This has now changed and the following cinemas all seem to be keen to offer Buy One Get One Free cinema tickets on Wednesdays (provided you text Film to 241 and show them the text you receive back when buying the tickets):-

  • Cameo
  • Cineworld (this is what the cinema at Fountain Park has become)
  • Filmhouse
  • Odeon on Lothian road
  • Odeon Wester Hailes
  • UCI

Afterwards with Australia celebrating their World Cup qualifying glory for the first time in around 30 years, with their play off victory over Uruguay, I headed to the Walkabout pub (part of the Australian chain of pubs). It wasn’t overly busy (unsurprising given the temperature). After 8pm they had a selection of drinks for just ¬£1.50 each; including the draft Castlemain XXXX that I was drinking. The disco lights come on, the sport is still shown on the TV and a little dance floor develops. It attracts a fair crowd for televised sport. For examples its always packed full for the 6 nations matches. Many of the pubs in the Omni Centre have a reputation for trouble and they’re all fairly lively places late at night, so The Walkabout had two bouncers on the door last night. The walk to the toilets, and the toilets themselves, at The Walkabout, Edinburgh always seem a litttle unsafe to me as you pass right through the dancefloor, through some doors and up some stairs before coming to the Gents or Ladies

After this I walked up along Queen St and up onto George St. Feeling like another couple of cheeky pints I joined the largely student crowd in The Standing Order. The Standing Order is Edinburgh’s JD Wetherspoon pub and that means more cheap drinks, albeit at the expense of atmosphere. As one Danish guy asked me: what is wrong with this pub and not having any music or entertainment? He also seemed perplexed at the fact he couldn’t find any night life open past 3am in Edinburgh! I told him this was the mark of Mr Wetherspoon (although The Standing Order does have two plasma TV’s that are switched off most of the time, but do get some power when football is on terrestrial TV). I also saw they do a pub quiz on Wednesdays now offering a ¬£50 prize for the victors: this was finishing up in one of the better lit siderooms, which contain many tables, when we arrived. After a couple of sub ¬£2 pints of fosters here it was time to leave. The Standing Order has lots of open, high ceiling space and the outside chill had found its way in. Sat down with the coats on, shivering because its so cold told me it was time to head home!

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