Edinburgh Castle, 2010. There used to be many “hot spots” in town. Uptown, El Rio, Hemlock, Elbo Room, Make-Out Room, Latin American, the Knockout. You usually walked in and spotted several friends right away, or people you had seen around, wanted to meet, and were soon having drinks with. A few years later it is an entirely remade city. Everywhere is crammed full of unremarkable strangers.