Monkey Barrel Comedy

Monkey Barrel Comedy
9–11 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR
  • Box office 0845 500 1056
  • General enquiries 0131 225 5149
  • Opening times Tue 7pm–midnight; Wed–Sun 10am–4.30pm & 7pm–midnight; closed Mon.
  • Seasonal times Extended license during Fringe (3am)
  • Bar open 10am–midnight
  • Food served Wed–Sun 10am–4pm (dinner available during evening performances if pre-ordered online 7 days in advance). Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Pre-theatre times £35 weekdays, £45 Sat & Sun, pre–order 7 days in advance
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £35–£45 (depending on night) platter, including prosecco and show ticket
  • Pre-theatre price £35–45 (depending on night) platter, including prosecco and show ticket pre-order 7 days in advanced
  • Email
  • Website www.monkeybarrelcomedy.com
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Monkey Barrel Comedy

Plush, red-hued comedy club offering inexpensive café food.

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Greeted by ceiling-high paintings of Pete & Dud, Billy Connolly, and Rowan Atkinson on entry, you’re left in no doubt – Monkey Barrel Comedy is a paean to all things funny. The comedy venue hosts a variety of evening shows, from newbies to seasoned professionals, and intriguing spoken word events during the day. If you’re after sustenance with your stand-up, owner David Bleese has worked wonders in his oh-so-wee kitchen to ensure just about every whim is met. There’s a brief but choice breakfast menu, and a café-style selection throughout the day, including hearty chilli (veggie and beef), soups, quiche and sandwiches. A spiced falafel salad is pepped up with sweet roast squash, a lake of hummus at its centre. A remarkably gregarious barista promises the best coffee in town, and his boasting isn’t far off the mark – an americano is smooth and strong, while teas are creative offerings from Rosevear. In the evenings, there’s a variety of extraordinarily good-value meal deals, such as a mixed platter for two and a bottle of prosecco to be enjoyed during a show. Everything you’d want for a night out.

  • High point: You'll rarely get a warmer welcome in Edinburgh, particularly with a wee one
  • Low point: Having to pre-order evening meals requires a bit of foresight
  • Notable dish: Banana cake

In the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, Monkey Barrel Comedy’s brand venue brings with it an alternative approach to Edinburgh’s art scene.

By night, we are an award-winning comedy club (Best Small Club, Scottish Comedy Awards 2016) offering great food, drink and top stand-up until midnight.

By day we are a family friendly café offering home-made and locally sourced food and drink. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available, as is our children’s menu.

The venue has wheelchair access, ample space for buggies, highchairs and baby changing facilities.

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  • Delivery: ask for details
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nick Drake and Belle & Sebastian
  • Live entertainment: Comedy shows, gigs, spoken word events
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 11 events at this location

Sorted by title / date & time

The Cutting Room

Performers take on suggestions from the audience, creating new scenes and situations as if like magic.

Sun 24 Sep

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

With a double bill support from Four Folks Ache and Dr Bunhead's Improvised Explosions.

Fun by the Ton

Thursday lunchtime special with Scots stories, poetry, drama and songs.

Thu 28 Sep

Free / 0845 500 1056

  • 13:00 – 14:00

Thu 5 Oct

Free / 0845 500 1056

  • 13:00 – 14:00

Thu 12 Oct

Free / 0845 500 1056

  • 13:00 – 14:00
…and 11 more dates until 28 Dec

Monkey Barrel Comedy's Big Friday Show

Three up-and-coming Scottish acts each night, with a national headliner.

Fri 29 Sep

£12 / 0845 500 1056

Fri 6 Oct

£12 / 0845 500 1056

Fri 13 Oct

£12 / 0845 500 1056

…and 2 more dates until 27 Oct

Monkey Barrel Comedy's Big Saturday Show

Monkey Barrel Comedy brings you a cracking night of premier stand up comedy in the heart of Edinburgh every Saturday night. All held together by our experienced and deftly interactive host, the legendary Rick Molland ("Molland is the perfect compere" - Three Weeks), each show features three of the best up-and-coming…

Sat 30 Sep

£12 / 0845 500 1056

Sat 7 Oct

£12 / 0845 500 1056

Sat 14 Oct

£12 / 0845 500 1056

…and 2 more dates until 28 Oct

Nev: Joke

Nev's latest righteous show is all about balancing being a cult hero with having to actually feed his children.

Wed 4 Oct

£4.40 / 0845 500 1056

Open Improv Night

An informal open mic night – anyone can sign up for a slot, then there's an improv jam.

Sun 22 Oct

£5 / 0845 500 1056

Sun 19 Nov

£5 / 0845 500 1056

Progress!

Sundays at Monkey Barrel Comedy are our rising star showcase shows! Each week resident host Rick Molland ("Molland is the perfect compere" – Three Weeks) presents a selection of the very best up-and-coming acts from Scotland and beyond, with a stonking national headliner to top it all off. Want to see the stars of…

Sun 24 Sep

£5 / 0845 500 1056

Sun 1 Oct

£5 / 0845 500 1056

Sun 8 Oct

£5 / 0845 500 1056

…and 3 more dates until 29 Oct

Project X

New stuff from Scottish and international comedians.

Tue 26 Sep

£3 / 0845 500 1056

Tue 3 Oct

£3 / 0845 500 1056

Tue 10 Oct

£3 / 0845 500 1056

…and 3 more dates until 31 Oct

Smokey Monkey and Me Plus One

A double bill of improv fun from Smokey Monkey and Me Plus One.

Sun 8 Oct

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 22:00

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

Sun 12 Nov

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 22:00

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

Sun 10 Dec

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Top Banana

Catch the stars of the future right at the beginning every Wednesday night at our new act competition! Each show a welcoming host presents a magnificent seven promising comedy hopefuls vying for the audience vote to become Top Banana. We also have established acts dropping by to road-test some new material, and a…

Wed 27 Sep

£2 / 0845 500 1056

Wed 4 Oct

£2 / 0845 500 1056

Wed 11 Oct

£2 / 0845 500 1056

…and 2 more dates until 25 Oct

Twisted Edge Workshops

Stand-up comedy workshop from Twisted Edge.

Mon 25 Sep

£3 / 0845 500 1056

  • 17:00 – 23:00

Mon 2 Oct

£3 / 0845 500 1056

  • 17:00 – 23:00

Mon 9 Oct

£3 / 0845 500 1056

  • 17:00 – 23:00