The Stand

The Stand
The Stand
5 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EB
  • Box office 0131 558 7272
  • General enquiries 0131 558 7272
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended hours and venues, New Year late opening
  • Bar open Mon–Wed 7.30pm–1am; Thu 7pm–1am; Fri/Sat 6pm–1am; Sun 12.30–4pm, 7pm–1am.
  • Food served Mon 7.30-8.30pm; Thu 7–8.30pm; Fri/Sat 6–8.30pm; Sun 12.30–3.30pm.
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Cheerful cavern with all the ingredients required for eating, drinking and being merry.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2019/20 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

Of course the comedy is the main event at The Stand, but folk still flock to this basement cavern two hours before the show starts to bag a cabaret-style table and load up on big plates of filthy Tex-Mex style food. Log-sized burritos stuffed with juicy pulled beef have just the right hit of spicy heat to leave you reaching for a pint. Pre-seasoned nachos come loaded with super spicy veggie or meat chilli and dripping with melted cheese. The chef doesn’t scrimp on the dollop of fresh, garlicky guacamole, a nod to one of your five a day. Large nachos are delivered in trough-like plates; a challenge for two or even three people, all washed down with bottles of craft beer from the fridge or draft lager. The food may not be the star at The Stand, but it certainly sets you up for the night.

The List's rating






Suzy Pope visited The Stand on 15 March 2019
  • High point: You won’t be hungry after the generous portions
  • Low point: Big plates but little tables
  • Notable dish: Pulled beef burrito with just the right level of spice and stodge for a good night out
  • Average price: £9.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Before the show 40s French café music on day of review.
  • Live entertainment: Comedy 7 days a week
  • Capacity: 100 seated (plus 60 standing)
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 1993
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 10 events at this location

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Chris McCausland

A brand new stand-up show following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo and a sell-out Fringe, one of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour. Sunday Times Best of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.   He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, and loads more.   "A…

Sun 22 May 2022

£13 / 0131 558 7272

Clinton Baptiste Goes Stratospheric

Character comedy centred around Baptiste, a clairvoyant, medium and psychic best known for his appearances on Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, played by Alex Lowe.

Thu 2 Dec

£21.50 / 0131 558 7272

Daliso Chaponda: Apocalypse Not Now

The Britain's Got Talent finalist returns with a new hour of observational comedy, reflecting on the hellish year of 2020 and how he made lemonade out of lemons.

Wed 13 Oct

£16.50 / 0131 558 7272

Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen

  • 4 stars

Incisive comedy from one of Scotland's best up-and-coming stand-ups.

Wed 16 Mar 2022

£17.60 (£15.40) / 0131 558 7272

Gary Delaney: Gary In Punderland

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he's ready to bring you a brand…

Sun 11 Jul

Sold out / 0131 558 7272

Sun 21 Nov

Sold out / 0131 558 7272

Larry Dean: Fudnut

Stand-up comedy from the well-respected young Scot.

Mon 14 Mar 2022

£15 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 15 Mar 2022

£15 / 0131 558 7272

Loyiso Gola: Pop Culture

Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide Fresh off the release of his hour long Netflix Stand-Up Special 'Unlearning', Loyiso Gola takes us on a hilarious journey exploring the differing impact of pop culture moments around the world. As seen on: Netflix, Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week font-size…

Sun 24 Oct

£15 / 0131 558 7272

Mark Watson: This Can't Be It

Stand-up star Mark Watson will head out with his show that was originally intended for 2020 before Covid-19 swept the globe. The show ponders 'what should we be doing with our time on earth, and how can we do it better?'

Wed 3 Nov

£22 / 0131 558 7272

Simon Brodkin: Troublemaker

The comic and creator of the hugely popular Lee Nelson is back on stage a new stand-up show.

Sun 10 Oct

£22.40 / 0131 558 7272

Tez Ilyas: The Vicked Tour

The brand-new stand-up show from brand new author and the star of The Tez O’Clock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three). Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive humour to celebrate all that we still have. Expect mega laughs, happy groans and…

Tue 28 Sep

£15 / 0131 558 7272

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