FLY Open Air Festival talk us through their must visit places in Edinburgh

Tom Ketley is the owner and director of the Edinburgh based FLY brand specialising in events in unique locations. FLY runs regular club nights in the city as well as hosting two festivals a year, FLY Open Air which will return to the stunning location of Hopetoun House this May bringing Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Peggy Gou, Seth Troxler and Sven Vath.

Tom attended Edinburgh University and has lived in the city for years with a good knowledge of whats on offer nightlife wise due to his club and events background – previous roles have included running Castle Clvb which has seen the likes of Jamie XX and Disclosure play out there.

Ahead of the return of FLY Open Air 18th-19th May 2019 at Hopetoun House we caught up with Tom to hear his guide to the must visit places in the city of Edinburgh.

Cafe / Restaurant / Food Tip

My favourite spot in the city for food is El Cartel – it’s a wee mexicana on Rose Street, everything is awesome, especially the frozen margaritas.

Bar / Drinking Spot (not a club)

Panda & Sons – you go down a flight of stairs, open a door hidden in a bookcase that reveals a bar in an old barber shop basement. It’s my favourite place for drinks in the city – recommend the birdcage.

Museum / Sites / Cultural Activity

Edinburgh Castle – hands down the top spot to hit as a tourist. Not many cities in the world with a medieval castle looming over you.

Favourite spot to soak up the views / go for a wander

I like to run round Arthur’s Seat at the weekends, you get great views of the city and it’s just a stone’s throw from the centre.

Hidden Gem

The Nile Valley – an African wrap shop famed for it’s legendary PADDY WRAP opposite the University. At night it gets turned into a byob restaurant – I’ve actually had two NYE’s, my 21st and a fair few random parties here over the years too.


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