For many performers, August means one thing: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Over three weeks, musicians, actors and comedians from over 70 Countries descend on Scotland to entertain throughout the month. These artists go through years of hard work to turn venues, shops and even alleyways into venues and bespoke performance spaces.
You can expect to find theatre, comedy and even knife juggling street acts, plus much more.
As the festival picks up, audiences can discover around 1,000 shows per day, so it can be hard to know where to start. Luckily, we have narrowed down a list of some of the best venues around. Plus, nearby food recommendations for a delicious delivery after a day full of fun.
The Counting House
Many shows taking place on the Fringe are Pay What You Want. Don’t assume this means a lack in quality though. Just see it as another way to find your new favourite performer. The Counting House features 3 floors of shows. From the big Ballroom, to the tiny Attic room that holds just 15 audience members, thus no chance of escape during a questionable show choice.
Afterwards, keep the party going with Bhattis Fried Chicken’s Party Bucket, featuring their perfect crispy coating…
Once described as the ‘the centre of the cultural universe’, The Pleasance is the place to see some of the industry’s brightest up and comers in one place. Plus, there’s bar. And a gym actually. In fact, during the other 11 months of the year this place seems to offer every imaginable service known to man. For now though, catch anything from stand up, high concept comedy pieces or kid’s shows. Afterwards, take a stroll through the Pleasance Courtyard and decide on dinner.
When you make it home, end your day with a piping hot and spicy delivery from Yokcoko Noodle Bar?
Open for over 20 years and a comedy staple in Edinburgh, The Stand champions homegrown talent as well as supporting some of the weirder worldwide acts. It’s Scotland’s original purpose-built comedy club and has other branches in both Glasgow and Newcastle.
The location is a little out of the way of the main action, but that’s a good excuse to escape the chaos of the centre and see another side to this beautiful City. Why not wind down after the gig with some Shawarma from Pomegranate? You can even order for collection and pick it up on the way home. Perfect.
Gilded Balloon Teviot
This building really needs to be seen to be believed. It’s like Harry Potter’s place mixed with Harry Enfield’s. A giant gothic castle looking creation, with floors featuring a massive nine venues and a total of seven bars. Sneak through the top floor late at night and discover famous faces schmoozing in the Loft Bar. If you fancy something a bit more unpredictable, check out the infamous Late’N’Live comedy show from 1-5am(!)
When you head home, dodge the rain and enjoy an incredible Kinder Bueno ice cream shake or cheesy burger from the delicious BBurger.
If you’re heading to the Fringe, we hope these places will get you started. Basically, enjoy the rain, mind the cobbles and be sure to explore other places to find more mayhem at every turn. If you end up at Loch Ness you’ve probably gone a bit too far out though.