Bar 50 is open daily from early
morning until 1am, and is the bar of the 'Safe Stay Edinburgh
located with entrances on Blackfriars street and Cowgate. The
venue is just off of the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh's Old
Town. Safe Stay Hostel Edinburgh (formally Smart City Hostel
until 2015) is an award winning,
five-star visit Scotland accredited hostel and is nearly filly
booked right through the Fringe, giving the venue an audience
that is staying right in the venue itself.
The venue is also popular with
fringe-goers and performers, being a cheap student-style bar,
with a large open courtyard in the centre of town attached to
enjoy a drink and meal in during the Fringe.
The Performance space is located
in a corner of the main bar, with a temporary wall built to
separate it from the main bar. The wall is soundproofed, and it
also includes ventilation from the main bars air conditioning,
and this creates a cosy, intimate and dark black-box style space perfect for
(For users of Bar 50 who have
been at the venue prior to Free Festival taking over the venue
in 2012, it is now a propper soundproofed wall rather
than the temporary/ad-hoc/improvised barricade/etc that the
previous promoter used that did not separate the space from the
Space: The Alcove
2.5m Wide & 2 m deep raised to 3 inches. No wing space or back
Seating - Capacity 60
seated, with room for 5 people standing.
1xPar Can to flood light the stage.
Sound - 8 Channel Mixer,
Cables for MP3 Player, 2 Mics, Cables and Mic
stands. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily.
Audio Visual - There
is a large LCD TV screen that can be used on stage. (Hidden
behind backdrop curtains when not in use)
There is a very small area for equipment in the venues
luggage store. This is used for luggage as well as props and is
very limited, and not secure.
There is no bar in the room.
The Main Bar
Performance Space in
View From Stage, door
open from main bar at the back of room
Outside Bar 50 - The
courtyard and mezzanine level
Stage set for a show