Traverse Bar Café

Traverse Bar Café
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
  • Telephone 0131 228 5383
  • Opening times Mon–Wed 11am–midnight; Thu–Sat 11am–1am; closed Sun.
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended opening hours
  • Bar open Mon –Wed 11am–12am; Thu/Sat 11am–1am; closed Sun.
  • Food served Tues–Thu 11am–8pm; Fri/Sat 11am–9pm; closed Sun.
  • Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Convivial subterranean café and bar, ideal for pre/post-theatre pub grub or just a quiet pint with your book.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

From its roots in an abandoned brothel in the Lawnmarket, the Traverse Theatre has certainly come a long way in its fifty years. Still nurturing fresh writing talent and pushing boundaries on two stages, the theatre’s subterranean café and bar provides a less controversial space, while staying true to its bohemian roots. Hide away in one of the sought-after booths with a glass of wine and your book (or script), grab some decent pub grub before the main event, or simply enjoy a pint and observe the artistic set in their natural habitat. The concise menu covers sandwiches and lighter bites including the Traverse burger which sees a moist Campbell’s meat patty between crisp brioche buns, served with salsa and crunchy onion rings. The Sharers, which include nachos and a Mediterranean platter, echo the convivial nature of the place, encouraging friends to settle on one of the long couches for an evening of putting the world to rights.

  • High point: Spacious spot to observe the artistic set in their natural habitat
  • Low point: 'A Play, a Pie and a Pint' doesn't run all year round
  • Notable dish: The Traverse burger
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rat pack classics
  • Live entertainment: Theatre shows and live music
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 200 (buffet); 50 (sit-down). Can be hired for weddings etc.
  • Open since: 1992
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £17.50 per bottle

Event times

There are 5 events at this location

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Cathal McConnell & Friends

Legendary Irish flute and whistle player, and guests.

Mon 3 Apr

£11 / 0131 228 5383

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards-winning duo perform contemporary folk.

Mon 10 Apr

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Singer-songwriter and fiddler from Uncle Earl with her band.

Mon 22 May


Traditional folk quartet.

Mon 1 May

£11 / 0131 228 5383

Twelfth Day

Scottish folk from Orcadian Catriona Price and Borders lass Esther Swift as they perform songs from their latest album The Devil Makes Three.

Sun 9 Apr

£11 / 0131 228 5383