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Bar 50

Bar 50 (Fringe Venue 151)

Within SafeStay Edinburgh Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street. Phone: 0131 524 1989

 Accessible Bar Food WiFi All ages until 10pm, then 18+ only

Located within the five-star Safestay Hostel, Bar 50 serves an eclectic mix of spirits and beers, along with tasty locally sourced food. The menu has dishes for everyone, from stone baked pizza’s to veggie chilli burritos and chicken Caesar salad. There’s pool tables, comfy couches and an outdoor heated smoking area....

Bar 50 is open daily from early morning until 1am, and is the bar of the 'Safe Stay Edinburgh Hostel' 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 presenting shows.

(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 proper soundproofed wall rather than the temporary/ad-hoc/improvised barricade/etc that the previous promoter used that did not separate the space from the bar)

Performance Space: The Alcove


- 2.5m Wide & 2 m deep raised to 3 inches. No wing space or back stage.


 - Capacity 60 seated, with room for 5 people standing.


 - 2xLED Par Can to flood light the stage. Colour washes and dimming available with small lighting desk.

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)

Storage -

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.

Bar -

There is no bar in the room.

Bar 50 images:

  Performance Space Performance Space  

The Main Bar

Performance Space in Action

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