- Telephone 0131 228 5383
- Opening times Mon–Wed 11am–midnight; Thu–Sat 11am–1am; closed Sun.
- Seasonal times Festival: extended opening hours until 3am
- Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri/Sat 11am–1pm. Closed Sun.
- Food served Cafe: Mon–Fri 8am–3pm. Bar: Mon–Sat noon–8pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £5 (lunch); £10 (evening meal)
- Website www.traverse.co.uk
Superlative spot to grab a hearty lunch, coffee or sweet afternoon salve.
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 high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Radio 6 music
- Live entertainment: Theatre shows and live music
- Capacity: Bar: 75, Cafe: 4 (+ 5 outside)
- Largest group: 150
- Open since: 1992
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £19 per bottle
Events at this venue
There are 5 events at this location
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Cathal McConnell & Friends
Legendary Irish flute and whistle player, and guests.
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards-winning duo perform contemporary folk.
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Singer-songwriter and fiddler from Uncle Earl with her band.