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Each of these venues have been open and supportive by letting us use their space.  All have offered the free opportunity to put on talks, food and music. Good people, good places…

The whole Ragged University project set out to discover how we could use available infrastructure to develop open learning events via a community of people interested in lifelong learning.

Here you can see a few of the many examples of local places which were happy to support community events when we asked.  All without money.  Generally owners and managers of small businesses are warm and approachable when presented with a clear ask which is uncommercial.  It only takes a conversation and you can create your own events in your area…

Click the red markers to locate the venues on the map. Click the More Details link to find out more about the individual venues we have used.


Brassmonkey 14 Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9TU, United Kingdom A venue that loves cinema, with film posters adorning the walls and a cinema room in the back.
Palatine Bar 97 Stoke Newington Road, Shacklewell, Dalston, London, N16 8BX Venue with a focus on great music and quality real ales brought in from micro brewerys Brodie’s of Leyton and Ha’penny of Ilford
The Blind Poet 32 West Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD A hidden gem of a pub with regular events and jovial staff
The Castle Hotel 66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE Some of the best beer in the best settings you can find a la Manchester
The Counting House 38 West Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD A beautiful wood panelled function suite in the centre of town with its own bar
The Meadows Bar 42-44 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh, EH8 9LP, United Kingdom Tucked in next to Edinburgh University, a pub spread across two floors. Now changed hands
The Pear Tree House 38 West Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DD A nice traditional pub in the centre of town with a large beer garden
TV21 10 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1DH This is Manchester's modern myth themed watering hole with a bat-cave

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  • The Castle Hotel
    Manchester: The Castle Hotel
    10th October 2012
    With ten cask handpulls, traditional pub snacks, the best jukebox in Manchester, live music...
  • pear tree house
    Edinburgh: The Pear Tree House
    2nd October 2012
    The Pear Tree House does not stand still for very long! Since coming to...
  • Palatine Bar
    London: Palatine Bar
    19th February 2016
    The Palatine Bar in Shacklewell London is a new and developing venue with a...
  • Counting House
    Edinburgh: The Counting House
    10th October 2012
    Celebrate in the finest surroundings! This stylish function suite is the hidden gem of...
  • The Meadow Bar
    Edinburgh: The Meadow Bar
    10th October 2012
    With Edinburgh University around the corner, it is little surprise that the Meadow Bar...
    Edinburgh: Brassmonkey
    11th March 2016
    A long established bar in Edinburgh which sits off Surgeon's Hall tucked away like...
  • TV21
    Manchester: TV21
    3rd January 2013
    TV21 is a television, film and music themed venue. Established in 2006, TV21 has...
  • The Blind poet pub
    Edinburgh: The Blind Poet
    22nd September 2012
    The Blind Poet is a small pub near the University of Edinburgh.  A cosy,...