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
  • 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
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £35–£45 (depending on night) platter, including prosecco and show ticket

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 14 events at this location

Sorted by title / date & time

The Big Show

A cracking night of stand-up in the heart of Edinburgh every Friday and Saturday.

Fri 19 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Sat 20 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Fri 26 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Sat 27 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

John Kearns: Don't Worry, They're Here

The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards embarks on his debut regional tour with his latest stand-up hour.

Tue 30 Jan

£9–£12 / 0845 500 1056

Wed 31 Jan

£9–£12 / 0845 500 1056

Peter Pancake's Comedy Extravaganza

Phil O'Shea presents a variety show featuring original and eccentric comedians.

Thu 8 Feb

Free / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30

Thu 8 Mar

Free / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30

Thu 12 Apr

Free / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30
…and 3 more dates until 12 Jul

Planet Caramel: Prison

A maximum security alternative comedy adventure!

Tue 13 Feb

£3 / 0845 500 1056

Progress

Sundays nights at Monkey Barrel are our rising star showcase shows! Want to see the stars of tomorrow today? Then this is the place for you!

Sun 21 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Sun 28 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Progress!

Sundays nights at Monkey Barrel Comedy Club are our rising star showcases! 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…

Sun 21 Jan

0845 500 1056

Sun 28 Jan

0845 500 1056

Sun 4 Feb

0845 500 1056

…and 25 more dates until 29 Jul

Project X

New stuff from Scottish and international comedians.

Tue 23 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Tue 30 Jan

£3 / 0845 500 1056

Tue 6 Feb

£3 / 0845 500 1056

…and 25 more dates until 31 Jul

Science Factions

Join us for our monthly Science Fiction panel show. A top night of geek laughs and trivia hosted by the commander of all things nerd, Ben Verth

Mon 5 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Mon 5 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Mon 2 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

…and 3 more dates until 2 Jul

Spontaneous Potter

Imrov comedy play inspired by Harry Potter.

Thu 18 Jan

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30

Thu 1 Feb

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30

Thu 15 Feb

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30
…and 11 more dates until 19 Jul

Spontaneous Sherlock

Forget Cumberbatch – this is how you do Sherlock. An improvised retelling of Conan Doyle's tales based on audience suggestions.

Thu 25 Jan

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30

Thu 8 Feb

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30

Thu 22 Feb

£5 / 0845 500 1056

  • 20:30 – 22:30
…and 11 more dates until 26 Jul

The TBC Improv Theatre: Absolute Improv & Four Folks Ache

Improv from Absolute Improv, To Be Continued, and Four Folks Ache.

Sun 4 Feb

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45

Sun 4 Mar

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45

Sun 1 Apr

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45
…and 3 more dates until 1 Jul

The TBC Improv Theatre: Open Improv Night

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

Sun 21 Jan

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45

Sun 18 Feb

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45

Sun 18 Mar

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45
…and 4 more dates until 15 Jul

The TBC Improv Theatre: Smoky Monkeys & Me Plus One

A double bill of improv fun from Smoky Monkeys and Me Plus One.

Sun 11 Feb

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45

Sun 11 Mar

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45

Sun 8 Apr

£5 (Students free) / 0845 500 1056

  • 19:30 – 21:45
…and 3 more dates until 8 Jul

Top Banana

Catch the stars of the future today! Get down to our new act competition!

Wed 17 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Wed 24 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056

Wed 31 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0845 500 1056