Fringe food: Pubs, cafes & restaurants near The Stand

Heading to a show at The Stand Comedy Club at this year's Fringe? Need somewhere to refuel afterwards? Here are our pick of the food and drink venues within a five-minute stroll of The Stand, updated for Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Feature by The Skinny | 17 Jul 2019

Pubs and Bars near The Stand Comedy Club

The Basement (10a Broughton St, 4 min walk)
A subterranean bar with a Mexican slant, The Basement serves up a tasty menu of Mexican treats and backs it up with a tasty drinks range, plus some of the tastiest Margaritas this side of the Atlantic.

Bramble (16A Queen St, 4 mins walk)
If you feel the need to hide away from it all during the Fringe, head to basement cocktail bar Bramble. Tucked away down an unassuming staircase on Queen Street, Bramble turns out some of the city's best cocktails in a quirky but homely setting. Lively, dark, and with bar staff who know their way around a liquor cabinet, Bramble is a great hideaway for when the flyering and laughter all gets a bit too much.

Nightcap (3 York Pl, 1 min walk) 
After opening its doors as a pop-up venue, Nightcap has powered through with a great food and drink menu and a host of tasty cocktails. Find it next door to The Stand Comedy Club, downstairs from the excellent Fortitude Coffee. 

Restaurants near The Stand

Henderson's (94 Hanover St, 5 mins walk) 
If you are a firm believer that no meat equals no flavour then try out Henderson's for a delightful awakening. Established way back in 1962, and standing firm where other vegetarian restaurants have come and gone, it's nearly as great an Edinburgh institution as the Fringe itself.

Dishoom (3a St Andrew Sq, 4 mins walk)
A take on the Iranian cafes of Bombay, Dishoom's menu is packed with everything from subcontinental takes on the cooked breakfast to intriguing veggie options. Plus, they have a speakeasy-style bar in the basement, The Permit Room, that's open til 3am, which we massively approve of.

Six by Nico (97 Hanover St, 5 mins walk)
Go straight from experimental, exciting comedy to experimental, exciting food. Six by Nico serve up a (comparably) affordable six-course tasting menu, with the theme and menu changing every month-and-a-bit. 

Cafes near The Stand 

Fortitude Coffee (3C York Pl, 1 mins walk)
Take the steps out of The Stand Comedy Club, and turn around – you have arrived at Fortitude Coffee. In Fringe terms, this coffee shop is a perfect fit – brilliant coffee, delicious sandwiches and brilliant cakes from local heroes Lovecrumbs, all on the literal doorstep of one of the best venues at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Artisan Roast (57 Broughton St, 5 min walk)
Artisan Roast are much-loved across Scotland and beyond because of the affection they pour into each cup. Artisan Roast source and roast their own beans, adorn the walls of their cafes with complex coffee-related diagrams and make a flat white that’ll get your day at the Edinburgh Fringe off to a flying start, in that you’ll feel like you might actually fly out the door. 

Williams and Johnson (Waverley Mall, 5 min walk)
Fantastic coffee awaits at the city centre outpost of Leith's favourite microroastery. It can get very, very warm in here, but not much beats sitting out front with a flat white and watching everyone up on street level scramble around like they're trying to go four places at once.

Takeaways and Food on-the-go near The Stand

Cafe Piccante (19 Broughton St, 4 mins walk)
As well as being a hop, step and a jump from The Stand, and thus perfectly placed for some post-show snacking, Cafe Piccante has a couple of aces up its sleeve. The main thing setting Piccante apart from other chip shops is the DJ – yes, this is a chippy in which a DJ spins tunes every weekend while you wait for your fried goodies.

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