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Party Like A Scot at Edinburgh Castle's Annual Robert Burns Night

Are bagpipes sexy or terrifying? Discuss.

What is haggis?  Why aren’t kilts a hispter staple by now?  Where is Scotland anyway?  If you find yourself asking these burning questions yet are too lazy to type a couple phrases into Google, head down to Edinburgh Castle Pub‘s Robert Burns Night on Saturday.  I guarantee you’ll learn all you ever need to know about Scotland at this rowdy, 17th annual gathering devoted to the fair country’s national poet, Robert Burns (or just “Rabbie” if you want to sound authentic).

If you’ve never been to Tuesday night trivia at Edinburgh Castle, which is great but super crowded, prepare to share some serious personal space with your neighbors at Burns Night.  It’s gonna get PACKED up in that bitch.  Scots don’t fuck around with national icons.  Maybe that’s why there’s a $10 cover — BUT that includes haggis, some sheep-intestine thing that probably tastes like butt (sorry, Scots).  Thankfully, for the non-culinarily adventurous, there’s a buffet with real people food as well.

Of course, there will be lots and lots of bagpipe-playing, scotch-drinking and poetry reading (because you really should always be drunk when subjected to poetry).  And probably really attractive people, because for some reason the attractives like to congregate in the Tenderloin.  I think it’s kind of like the final obstacle round on Double Dare — if you find the hidden flag inside of a giant nose and come out unscathed, you win the prize of hanging out with/possibly banging an attractive.  I just made walking through the Tenderloin sound kind of fun, but always remember that midget hooker.

Annual Robert Burns Night at Edinburgh Castle Pub
Saturday, January 29, 8pm – midnight
950 Geary St. (btwn Larkin & Polk)
[Civic Center/Tenderloin]
$10 cover, including free buffet

Photo courtesy of brohardphotography.blogspot.com

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Christy Jovanelly - Cheapskate Commentator

When Christy announced she was leaving her family's Southern California home and moving to San Francisco, her mom said, "Have fun in that den of sin." This is the only (however sarcastic) advice Christy has ever taken from her mom, who also told her to join eharmony.com and cover her eyes during sex scenes in movies. Christy puts her creative writing degree to good use by locating the typos on Chinese food menus and spends most of her time challenging friends to all-you-can-eat contests and trying to get that one bartender at Zeitgeist to smile.
  • Kristine Walker

    As one force fed haggis at many a Scottish heritage event as a child, I can confirm that haggis tastes nasty. It is best sampled after a few glasses of scotch.

  • Kristine Walker

    As one force fed haggis at many a Scottish heritage event as a child, I can confirm that haggis tastes nasty. It is best sampled after a few glasses of scotch.