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Bar 50

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

Bar 50

Fringe Venue 151 - Click here for map
Within SafeStay Edinburgh Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NE. Phone: 0131 524 1989
Food  Accessible  Wifi  Licensed
Open from 08:00 to 01:00
All ages until 10pm, then 18+ only

Bar 50 is the lively bar of the Safetay Hostel (formally the Smart City Hostel) on Cowgate, always busy and Vibrant this venue is in an ideal location in the centre of Edinburgh, with a built in audience from the hostels residents. It is only a few minutes from the royal Mile. Bar 50 has been a Free Festival venue since 2012, after previously running Fringe shows under another promoter.



Bar 50 is open daily from early morning until 1am, and is the bar of the 'Safe Stay Edinburgh Hostel' located with entrances on Blackfriars street and Cowgate. The venue is just off of the Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town. Safe Stay Hostel Edinburgh (formally Smart City Hostel until 2015) is an award winning, five-star visit Scotland accredited hostel and is nearly filly booked right through the Fringe, giving the venue an audience that is staying right in the venue itself.

The venue is also popular with fringe-goers and performers, being a cheap student-style bar, with a large open courtyard in the centre of town attached to enjoy a drink and meal in during the Fringe.

The venue has three performance spaces - The Alcove, Marquee and Upstairs. 

Performance Space: The Alcove

- Stage: 2.5m Wide & 2 m deep raised to 3 inches. No wing space or back stage.

- Capacity: Capacity 60 seated, with room for 5 people standing.

- Lighting: 2xLED Par Can to flood light the stage. Colour washes and dimming available with small lighting desk.

- Sound: 8 Channel Mixer, Cables for MP3 Player, 2 Mics, Cables and Mic stands. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily.

- AV: There is a large LCD TV screen to the side of the room, and a projector and screen on the stage.

- Storage: There is a very small area for equipment in the venues luggage store. This is used for luggage as well as props and is very limited, and not secure.

- Bar: There is no bar in the room.

- Accessibility: The room is wheelchair accessible, it is located on the ground floor near the entrance.

Performance Space: The Marquee

- Stage: 2.5m Wide & 1.5 m deep raised to 3 inches. A small amount of wing space/storage area.

- Capacity: Capacity 60 seated, with room for 5 people standing at the rear.

- Lighting: 2xLED Par Can to flood light the stage. 

- Sound: 4 Channel Mixer, Cables for MP3 Player, 2 Mics, Cables and Mic stands. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily.

- AV: There is no AV provided in the space.

- Storage: There is small area for equipment in the room, to the side of the crowd. This Area is limited, and not secure.

- Bar: There is no bar in the room.

- Accessibility: The room is wheelchair accessible, it is located in the main courtyard in the venue.

- Notes: The venue is a marquee, located outside - the walls are thick but there is a small amount of sound bleed from people outside.

Performance Space: Upstairs

- Stage: 2 Wide & 1m deep flat on floor. A small amount of wing and back stage space/storage area.

- Capacity: Capacity 35 seated, with room for 3 people standing at the door

- Lighting: 1xLED Par Can to flood light the stage. 

- Sound: 4 Channel Mixer, Cables for MP3 Player, 2 Mics, Cables and Mic stands. Performers own sound equipment can be added easily.

- AV: There is no AV provided in the space.

- Storage: There is small area for equipment in the room, to the side of the crowd. This Area is limited, and not secure.

- Bar: There is no bar in the room.

- Accessibility: The room is not  accessible, it is located up a flight of stairs. 

Bar 50 images - Images of Alcove:

              

The photo with the pink/blue design is the newest version of the room paintwork

The Marquee

Outside Bar 50 - The courtyard and mezzanine level