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The City Café

Laughing Horse Free Festival Venue

The City Café

Fringe Venue 85 - Click here for map
19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR. Phone: 0131 220 0125
Food  Wifi  Licensed  Air Conditioned
Open from 12:00 to 02:00
All ages until 9pm, then 18+ only

Located on Blair Street, between the Royal Mile and Cowgate, the City Café is right in the heart of the Fringe. Refurbished downstairs in late 2017, there are now three small performance spaces which are all sound proofed and air-conditioned. It's been a Free Festival venue since 2008 the City Café has always been a in the thick of things, with performances inside, and the vibrant street performances from the Royal Mile and Tron Square Outside.



The City Cafe is not only a popular performance space, but a popular cafe/bar for Fringe performers because of it's proximity to the Royal Mile and it's inexpensive food and drink. In it's new incarnation as a family friendly diner upstairs, and venue downstairs since it's refurbishment, it has proved even more popular.

The venue is ideal for all types of performance needing a small space, downstairs is a small bar, and three small sound-proofed and air conditioned performance spaces. Given the sizes of the rooms, the rooms are typically suited to solo stand-up, theatre, comedy and music shows.

All of the rooms are decorated in the style their name suggests, are sound proof and air-conditioned.

Performance Space: Las Vegas

- Stage: 2m (wide) by 1m (deep)  stage, on flat floor. Can be made larger by removing seating. No Wing space or back stage.

- Seating: Capacity 40 people, in rows on benches. A few more can be squeezed in if people sight closer together.

- Lighting: One small fixed spotlight to flood the stage.

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

- AV: There is a large TV Screen in this room.

- Storage: There is a very small storage room for equipment at the venues cellar for props and equipment, shared with other groups

- Bar: There is no bar in the room.

- Access: The performance space is located down a flight of stairs so is not wheelchair accessible. 

Performance Space: Hollywood

- Stage: 1m (wide) by 1m (deep)  stage, on flat floor. Can be made larger by removing seating. No Wing space or back stage.

- Seating: Capacity 30 people, in rows on benches. A few more can be squeezed in if people sight closer together.

- Lighting: One small fixed spotlight to flood the stage.

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

- AV: There is a large TV Screen in this room.

- Storage: There is a very small storage room for equipment at the venues cellar for props and equipment, shared with other groups

- Bar: There is no bar in the room.

- Access: The performance space is located down a flight of stairs so is not wheelchair accessible. 

Performance Space: Nineties

- Stage: 1m (wide) by 1m (deep)  stage, on flat floor. Can be made larger by removing seating. No Wing space or back stage.

- Seating: Capacity 20 people, in rows on benches. A few more can be squeezed in if people sight closer together.

- Lighting: One small fixed spotlight to flood the stage.

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

- AV: There is a large TV Screen in this room.

- Storage: There is a very small storage room for equipment at the venues cellar for props and equipment, shared with other groups

- Bar: There is no bar in the room.

- Access: The performance space is located down a flight of stairs so is not wheelchair accessible. 

Photos of the City Cafe

      

Las Vegas Room

   

Hollywood Room

   

90s Room