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FREE FESTIVAL VENUES 2017

Have a browse around our venues, to see the best places to hang out in Edinburgh this August - from the fabulous courtyard of the Free Sisters to nightclubs, caves, bars and tents - there's something for everyone at the Free Festival. And go down to the bottom of this page to see our venue map...

48 Below Venue 146
Under The Phoenix, 46 Broughton Street. Phone: 0131 557 0234
A recently refurbished Cocktail bar, located on Broughton Street beneath the Phoenix Bar, 48 Below is in an area that is fast becoming a popular destination for alternative Fringe venues away from the madness of Southside. 48 Below is close to the Newsroom, The Stand Venues, St Andrew's Square, The Playhouse Theatre and The Omni Complex. The Phoenix upstairs opens early fo...
 Bar Food WiFi 18+ only
Bar 50 Venue 151
Within SafeStay Edinburgh Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street. Phone: 0131 524 1989
Located within the five-star Safestay Hostel, Bar 50 serves an eclectic mix of spirits and beers, along with tasty locally sourced food. The menu has dishes for everyone, from stone baked pizza’s to veggie chilli burritos and chicken Caesar salad. There’s pool tables, comfy couches and an outdoor heated smoking area....
 Accessible Bar Food WiFi All ages until 10pm, then 18+ only
Biddy Mulligans Venue 220
94-86 Grassmarket. Phone: 0131 220 1246
Located on The Grassmarket, right in the centre of Edinburgh Biddy Mulligan’s offers free Music during the Festival, with a wide range of drinks and food, and an extensive outdoor dining area before 9pm on the Grassmarket. ...
 Accessible Bar Food WiFi WiFi Over 18's Only
Cabaret Voltaire Venue 338
36-38 Blair Street. Phone: 0131 247 4704
Cabaret Voltaire is a celebration of jiggery pokery spanning two floors (and a third floor for the Fringe) at the bottom of Blair street, just of the Cowgate. It resides in a cave and is a world of nooks and crannies, with an eclectic selection of drinks, two bars, with DJ's in the afternoon upstairs, and following the Fringe shows on three dance floors downstairs until 5a...
 Bar Food WiFi 18+ Only
The Cellar Monkey Venue 293
15 Argyle Pl. Phone: 0131 221 9759
Located on Argyle Place, just off of the Meadows and the Meadows Big-Tops, the Monkey Cellar is a newly refurbished bar, located underneath ‘The Argyle’ Pub, with a wide range of drinks served in a relaxed and comfortable setting, ideas for watching Fringe shows throughout the day....
 Bar Food WiFi 18+ Only
The City Café Venue 85
19 Blair Street. Phone: 0131 220 0125
Located on Blair Street, just off of the Royal mile and minutes from the Fringe show, The City Cafe is a fashionable 1950's style café bar right in the centre of town. It has benefited from a complete refurbishment in the last coiple of years, and it is right on the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of the Royal mile . The venue serves a wide selection of meals and drinks ...
 Bar Food WiFi All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only
The Counting House Venue 170
38 West Nicolson Street. Phone: 0131 667 7533
The Counting House and sister venues The Pear Tree and Blind Poet form a complex featuring four public bars, six performance spaces, plus a huge outdoor courtyard and barbecue area. The Counting House is located right in the heart of the area most associated with the Fringe, within seconds of Fringe Central, Assembly at George Square, The Udderbelly, Gilded Balloon and Ple...
 Bar Food WiFi All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only
The Cuckoo's Nest Venue 106
69 Home St. Phone: 0131 220 1078
A fantastic cozy bar and function space at the heart of Home Street, with a wide selection of beers and spirits, along with a tasty food menu....
 Bar Food WiFi WiFi 18+ Only
Dropkick Murphy's Venue 289
7 Merchant St (Off Candlemaker Row). Phone: 0131 225 2002
Drop Kick Murphy’s is a fantastic Irish themed bar where you will always find a fun and vibrant atmosphere. It is the perfect place to meet friends for drinks and be entertained by eclectic bands....
 Accessible Bar WiFi 18+ only
Espionage Venue 185
4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate). Phone: 0131 4777 007
Espionage is located right in the heart of the Fringe, and is the one of the biggest and most central free Fringe venue in the City, with four performance spaces spread over five floors. Located just off of the High Street and right next to the Underbelly, it’s in the heart of the action – and you can enter through the doors on Victoria street, or off of the Cowgate - and ...
 Bar WiFi WiFi 12+ to 9pm, then 18+ only
eteaket Venue 700
111 Rose St. Phone: 0131 226 1292
The very first eteaket retail store, right in the heart of Edinburgh! This Concept Store is a designated space for you to find the perfect cuppa. It is also where we showcase what we can do with tea, using the latest innovative brewing methods, drinking vessels and accessories...
 Accessible All Ages
Finnegan's Wake Venue 101
9b Victoria Street. Phone: 0131 225 9348
Located on Victoria Street, Finnegan’s wake is right in the heart of town and seconds from Espionage and the Underbelly. The bar is open all day during the Fringe and serves a huge variety of drinks, and after the Fringe shows finish each day the bar hosts live music and bands all night until very late into the night. Definitely the place to go for a laugh and a party at t...
 Accessible Bar WiFi WiFi 18+ only
The Free Sisters Venue 272
139 Cowgate. Phone: 0131 622 6802
Described as “The Free Festival’s version of the Pleasance Courtyard”, the Free Sisters is located on the Cowgate, right in the middle of town. It is a huge bar and hotel complex, and Edinburgh's premier party venue - open from breakfast time until 3am daily. The venue hosts free Fringe shows in six performance spaces around the venue, including in a marquee and busking i...
 Accessible Bar Food WiFi All ages until 8pm, then 18+ only
The Golf Tavern Venue 114
30-31 Wright’s Houses (Next to Brutsfield Links). Phone: 0131 221 5221
Located on the edge of the Bruntsfield Links is the Golf Tavern. Founded in 1456 the Tavern was previously known as the Golf Hotel. It has served many a golf player, and according to Hamilton is: By far the oldest known golfing pub. Sport was encouraged in the vicinity of the inn – cockfighting, boxing and games of chance – and it was natural that the innkeeper had a role ...
 Bar Food WiFi WiFi All Ages until 6pm
The Hanover Tap Venue 259
112 Hanover Street. Phone: 0131 225 2022
Located on Hanover Street, The Hanover Tap is a completely new bar for Edinburgh, that focuses on delivering great beer and food in a comfortable urban environment. Previously this bar was the Jekyll & Hyde, and has been one of the Free Festival's longest running venues - literally just around the corner from George Street and Princes Street Gardens....
 Bar Food WiFi 18+ only
The Mockingbird Venue 441
72-74 Newington Road. Phone: 0131 466 2041
A band new bar and Kitchen at the end of Newington Road and South Clerk Street, with a wide range of drinks available in a friendly cosy and modern atmosphere. Fringe shows happen upstairs right the way through the day, every day of the Fringe. Located around the corner from Summerhall, and close to the Queens Hall the Venue is close to the Fringe action and easy to get to...
 Bar WiFi 18+ Only
Moriarty's Venue 332
161 Lothian Road. Phone: 0131 228 5558
Situated on the bustling city centre street, at the foot of Edinburgh Castle sandwiched between the stylish Westend district and the ever popular Bruntsfield. Moriarty‘s is a place where you can relax in stylish yet homely surroundings. The carefully refurbished bar has a Sherlock Holmes theme upstairs with our focus on Craft Beers, World Lagers and Malt Whisky and our do...
 Bar 12+ to 6pm, then 18+ only
The Newsroom Venue 93
5 - 11 Leith Street. Phone: 0131 557 5830
Located on Leith Street, right on the junction with Princes Street and North Bridge, the Newsroom right in the centre of town - a few minutes from the Royal Mile, and close to The Stand, The Waverley Station and the Mound. The shows take place in a stylish basement bar, and is open all day upstairs for drinks, and a wide selection of meals...
 Bar Food WiFi WiFi 18+ only
Outside Burgers & Beer Grillhouse Venue 180
Outside 192 High Street. Phone: n/a
Meeting Point for a walking tour - wait outside 'Burgers & Beer Grillhouse' on the Royal Mile....
 Accessible Bar Food All Ages
The Pear Tree Venue 257
38 West Nicolson Street. Phone: 0131 667 7533
The Pear Tree and sister venues The Counting House and Blind Poet form a complex featuring four public bars, six performance spaces, plus a huge outdoor courtyard and barbecue area. The Pear Tree is located right in the heart of the area most associated with the Fringe, within seconds of Fringe Central, Assembly at George Square, The Udderbelly, Gilded Balloon and Pleasanc...
 Accessible Bar Food WiFi 18+ only
SouthPour Venue 268
1 – 5 Newington Road. Phone: 0131 650 1100
SouthPour is a neighborhood local, serving fresh food, craft drinks and a good dose of local acoustic talent, join us for some of Edinburgh’s finest musician’s sets...
 Accessible Bar Food WiFi WiFi 18+ Only
Southside Social Venue 264
42 - 44 Buccleuch Street. Phone: 0131 662 0974
Southside Social, the old Meadows Bar, is the first social enterprise pub in Edinburgh - over the years it's been a favourite hang out for Fringe-goers and performers late into the night, and it's new incarnation feels much the same. There's a big selection of drinks and tasty food, friendly staff and atmosphere, and the venue is close to the Counting House, Udderbelly, As...
 Bar Food WiFi 18+ Only
Victoria St Coffee Co Venue 164
5 India Buildings (Next to Espionage). Phone: 0131 4777 007
A new pop-up cafe and Bar, right next to Free Festival mega-venue Espionage on Victoria Street, seconds from the Royal Mile. A cool place for Premium coffee, cakes, slices & pastries, smoothies, craft beer, wine by the glass, panini's and sandwiches. Food served until late and Take away food and drink available, and free shows all day, every day!...
 Bar Food 12+ to 9pm, then 18+ only
The Wee Pub Venue 297
1 Currie Close, Grassmarket. Phone: 0131 220 1246
A small pub, the smallest in Scotland, with a big selection of Whisky’s on sale from a cabinet in the corner. And during the Fringe the whole bar becomes a Fringe show, entertaining 40 people and a performer. Right in the heart of the Grassmarket, it’s a unique venue well worth a visit (and if it is packed, you can sit in the adjoining Biddy Mulligan’s Bar)...
 Accessible Bar WiFi WiFi

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