As a city renowned across the UK for a fantastic choice of the very best comedy clubs, Edinburgh is a top destination if you can’t get enough of the stand up scene, want to choose from the best places to see it and are after the freshest talent. With acts ranging from Ronnie Corbett of the Two Ronnies to the controversial stand up and panel show specialist Frankie Boyle hailing from Scotland’s capital, the pedigree is high – and the tradition of fantastic stand up venues is going stronger than ever today. You can book some great value hotels in Edinburgh from Travelodge to make a fantastic weekend away to explore what’s on offer, but where are the best places to go once you’re there? This list will fill you in on where to get side-splitting entertainment in the city of stand up.
The Canons’ Gait
Right in the centre of the Royal Mile, the Canon’s Gait delivers high quality entertainment for all comedy tastes. A comedy venue for PBH’s Free Fringe Comedy, this place has a great atmosphere and you can enjoy their food service all day long. The venue is split between the upstairs restaurant and the cellar bar. It’s a fully licensed establishment that serves some of the best whiskeys the city has to offer.
The Stand Comedy Club
Having hosted all the big names for many years now, The Stand is still consistently brilliant and offers dozens of ridiculously funny performances to their large fan base. There are great deals on group bookings and you can become a member for brilliant discounts and invites to special events. The venue is described as intimate and chooses to serve wines and malt over beer and alco-pops. Perhaps this is one of the reasons they can boast such a fantastic atmosphere for their fantastically fun shows.
This club is very well known for great, tasty food – but don’t let that fool you, the real focus here is clearly on the entertainment. It’s not just comedy on show here and live music from local artists can be seen at all times throughout the year at this independent club close by to the Playhouse. Full of fun of all kinds, this is a great visit to make if you’re after mixing up your entertainment after visiting a string of comedy-only venues.
The Beehive Comedy Club
This great club hosts acts from Scotland and beyond, with superb comedy every single week, including regular special events and show-stopping weekend performances. It’s a regular visiting spot for hen parties, stag do’s and anyone looking to have a rip-roaring laugh and a night not soon forgotten.
In a city so often mentioned as a hotspot for stand up comedy and all things funny, these clubs are just the beginning of what you can enjoy on a trip to Edinburgh. You could spend forever getting to know the best spots and seeing new acts, so make sure you get your journey started on the right foot by visiting one of these stellar Edinburgh offerings.