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32 Below

32 Below (Fringe Venue 442)

32b West Nicolson Street. Phone: 0131 667 7533

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 Bar Food WiFi AirCon All ages until 6pm, then 18+ only

32 Below and sister venues The Counting House and Pear Tree form a complex featuring shows in three performance spacesand a huge outdoor courtyard. 32 Below is located right in the heart of the area most associated with the Fringe, within seconds of the venues in George Square and Bristo Square

Bar 50

Bar 50 (Fringe Venue 151)

Within A&O Edinburgh City Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street. Phone: 0131 524 1989

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

Located within the five-star A&O Edinburgh City 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.

Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey (Fringe Venue 153)

14 Drummond St. Phone: 0131 556 1961

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 Food 18+ Only

An Easygoing hangout with simple food, a wide selection of drinks and with a cosy and unique back room with large floor mattresses - used for Fringe show through August. The Brass Monkey is right in the middle of the Fringe action, just around the corner from the Festival Theatre.

The City Cafe

The City Cafe (Fringe Venue 85)

19 Blair Street. Phone: 0131 220 0125

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 Bar Food WiFi AirCon All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only

Located on Blair Street, just off of the Royal mile and minutes from the Fringe show, The City Cafe is a fashionable 1950's style café bar right in the centre of town. It has benefited from a complete refurbishment in the last couple of years, and it is right on the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of the Royal mile . The venue serves a wide selection of meals and drinks all day, and there is also a great outdoor drinking area, and new for 2018 - three performance spaces for show downstairs!

Coco Boho

Coco Boho (Fringe Venue 303)

125b George Street. Phone: 01312255005

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

Edinburgh’s newest, lively, late-night bar. Situated below Tigerlily at 125b George Street, Coco Boho offers an intimate setting with a unique ‘rough luxe’ décor and a promise to surprise and delight all that enter. With a disco drinks list stirred, shaken and flared by our chief drinks slingers and a whole host of entertainment, no two visits will be the same.

The Counting House

The Counting House (Fringe Venue 170)

38 West Nicolson Street. Phone: 0131 667 7533

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 Bar Food WiFi All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only

This year the Counting House remains a bustling hub of the Fringe, with two performance spaces and access to the lively bar and Courtyard of the Pear Tree Below. There's more shows in the basement venue 32 Below too. The Counting House is located right in the heart of the area most associated with the Fringe, within seconds of venues in George Square and Bristo Square

Downstairs at Betty's

Downstairs at Betty's (Fringe Venue 245)

15 Charlotte Ln. Phone: 0131 629 1818

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 Accessible Bar Food WiFi AirCon 18+ only

New venue for Edinburgh. A piano bar with just a piano, musician, and patrons encouraged to sing along to songs ranging from Broadway showtunes to current pop hits in the main bar... and Fringe shows running in the rear room. Downstairs at Betty's is an homage to the owner's grandmother: the woman who celebrated her artsy, creative grandson and encouraged him to march to the beat of his own drum


Dragonfly (Fringe Venue 414)

52 West Port (Just off of Grassmarket). Phone: 0131 228 4543

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 Bar Food WiFi Strictly 18+ Only

Dragonfly Cocktail Bar was re-established in 2018 as a revival of the original spirit of the Edinburgh cocktail scene; a laid-back environment where our guests can explore a carefully considered drinks list. An established Fringe venue in the heart of Edinburgh.

Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys (Fringe Venue 289)

7 Merchant St (Off Candlemaker Row). Phone: 0131 225 2002

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 Bar AirCon 18+ only

Drop Kick Murphy’s is a fantastic Irish themed bar where you will always find a fun and vibrant atmosphere. It is the perfect place to meet friends for drinks and be entertained by eclectic bands.


Eastside (Fringe Venue 164)

51a George Street. Phone: 0131 226 2275

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 Bar AirCon No under 5s. Ages 5+ until 6pm, then 18+ only

Three Rooms of Free shows, in a stylish retro venue opposite the Assembly Rooms on George Street. Cool bar, cool drinks and open until late.


Freddy's (Fringe Venue 194)

24 Frederick Street. Phone: 0131 322 3190

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 Bar WiFi AirCon

The all-out live music party parlour and cocktail house. It’s a vibrantly unpretentious party all about pure, unadulterated fun with a capital F. With Fringe shows during the day, and live music all night.

The Hanover Tap

The Hanover Tap (Fringe Venue 259)

112 Hanover Street. Phone: 0131 225 2022

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 Bar Food WiFi 18+ only

Located on Hanover Street, The Hanover Tap was completely refurbished in 2019 and it focuses on delivering great beer and food in a comfortable urban environment. Previously this bar was the Jekyll & Hyde, and has been one of the Free Festival's longest running venues - literally just around the corner from George Street and Princes Street Gardens.

Home Bar

Home Bar (Fringe Venue 106)

69 Home St. Phone: 0131 228 3664

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 Bar Food WiFi AirCon All ages until 10pm, then 18+ Only

A unique local neighbourhood bar situated in the heart of Scotland’s Capital City. The stencilled exterior offers a warm welcome into this plush, new bar with a series of weekly events and daily Fringe shows. Come and visit this "Hidden Secret" bar, a short walk from the city centre.

Kick Ass Cowgate

Kick Ass Cowgate (Fringe Venue 89)

37-39 Cowgate. Phone: 0131 226 6351

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 Accessible Bar Food WiFi AirCon All ages until 6pm, then 18+ Only

The trendy and uniquely designed Kick Ass Café & Bar on the ground floor is a great for food, drink and Fringe shows. Pop in to our famous VW Van Bar for a cheeky drink located right in the heart of the old town on Cowgate. Or enjoy our outdoor beer garden!

The Laughing Horse Box

The Laughing Horse Box (Fringe Venue 339)

7 Merchant St (Outside Dropkick Murphy's). Phone: 0131 225 2002

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For a truly unique Fringe experience, why not come and see a show in the Horse box? The only Horse box in the world that's a Fringe venue, and the natural home to Laughing Horse's traveling around the world finding the best in Fringe Comedy to come to Edinburgh.


Online (Fringe Venue 97)

Online Venue. Phone: n/a

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 WiFi All Ages

The Laughing Horse's home for online shows at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

The Pear Tree

The Pear Tree (Fringe Venue 257)

38 West Nicolson Street. Phone: 0131 667 7533

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 Bar Food WiFi All ages until 6pm, then 18+ only

The Pear Tree and sister venues The Counting House and 32 Below form a complex featuring four public bars, six performance spaces, dining area and a huge outdoor courtyard and barbecue area. The Pear Tree is located right in the heart of the area most associated with the Fringe, within seconds of Fringe Central, Assembly at George Square, The Udderbelly, Gilded Balloon and Pleasance Dome venues.

The Raging Bull

The Raging Bull (Fringe Venue 332)

161 Lothian Road. Phone: 0131 228 5558

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 Bar 18+ only

Nestled within the vibrant heart of the city center, in close proximity to the Edinburgh Castle, lies The Raging Bull—an establishment that seamlessly combines sophistication with a welcoming atmosphere. Boasting a strategic location between the fashionable West End district and the perennially sought-after Bruntsfield area, this venue provides an ideal setting for relaxation. The newly renovated bar exudes a distinctive charm, featuring an upstairs area with an eclectic yet inviting ambiance, dedicated to the art of cocktail craftsmanship, with a particular emphasis on the revered Espresso Martini. Downstairs, guests can revel in a private and intimate setting, where they can unwind, savor a drink, and enjoy a host of free Fringe shows.

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters (Fringe Venue 272)

139 Cowgate. Phone: 0131 622 6802

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 Accessible Bar Food AirCon All ages until 8pm, then 18+ only

Described as “The Free Festival’s version of the Pleasance Courtyard”, the Free Sisters is located on the Cowgate, right in the middle of town. Usually a multi-room venue located around the courtyard, this year there are shows in one room next to the courtyard, which is now an outdoor drinking area full of tables for before and after shows.

West Port Oracle

West Port Oracle (Fringe Venue 75)

27 West Port (Off End of Grassmarket). Phone: 0131 283 1960

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 Bar WiFi All ages until 6pm, then 18+ only

Unique Scottish pub run by locals for locals and intrepid travellers. No-nonsense classic cocktails alongside great beer, wine and their own fresh apple juice pressed on the premises. Vegetarian hot dogs with all the trimmings and a playlist of local and international contemporary music make this homely venue a must. Newly opened sister bar to Edinburgh's iconic Paradise Palms.

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