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 variations
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 7.30pm–1am; Fri/Sat 7pm–1am.
  • Food served Thu 7.30–8.30pm; Fri/Sat 7–8.30pm; Sun 12.30–1.30pm.. Closed No food Mon–Wed or Sun eve.
  • Average price £11 (evening meal)
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Cheerful cavern with all the ingredients required for eating, drinking and being merry.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

The Stand is every inch the classic comedy club, and one that comics love to play. Its basement location is dark and a little dingy, but the music and the crowd are upbeat and there’s plenty on offer to line the stomach before indulging in a little merriment. The menu is mostly a tribute to the Mexican art of folding and toasting tortillas in various ways, with nachos, burritos and the cheesiest Philly cheese steak tacos known to man, all served with a fresh salad to reduce the subsequent risk of heart attack, plus some particularly good chunky chips to bring it back up again. Potato lovers will appreciate the rooster skins, generously filled with the likes of meat or veg chilli, or barbeque pulled pork. There’s also a fine bar selection to help the laughter along, including a house brew by Belhaven and a decent assortment of wines and spirits.

  • High point: A great night out
  • Low point: If you don’t queue early , you’ll probably end up standing
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses)
  • Live entertainment: Comedy 7 nights a week
  • Capacity: 100 seated (plus 60 standing)
  • Largest group: Group booking at box office discretion, not keen on stag and hen parties etc.
  • Open since: 1995
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £16.50 per bottle

Event times

There are 7 events at this location

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Adam Hess and Rhys James

Surreal one-liners from Hess alongside poems and stand-up from James as they both perform an hour of their latest material.

Sun 30 Oct

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

Ed Gamble

  • 4 stars

Solo comedy from the 2014 Chortle Award winner and star of BBC America's Almost Royal.

Tue 15 Nov

£12 / 0131 558 7272

The Friday Show

Friday night sparkles with the promise of comedy in a basement, courtesy of those good folk at The Stand. Hurrah!

Fri 28 Oct

£12 (£10; Members £6) / 0131 558 7272

With Tanyalee Davis, Steffen Peddie, Archie Maddocks and host Joe Heenan.

Kerry Godliman

The stand-up and actress muses on (mis)communication in a modern age.

Wed 26 Oct

£13 / 0131 558 7272

Red Raw

The Stand's spankingly good new talent night, encouraging the latest comedy stars out of the woodwork. Then maybe putting them back in afterwards.

Mon 31 Oct

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With Chris Conroy.

The Saturday Show

Saturday nights à la Stand are normally a sold out affair so it's worth booking in advance and getting in early for the edibles. (Food. Not punters.)

Sat 29 Oct

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Tanyalee Davis, Steffen Peddie, Archie Maddocks and host Joe Heenan.

The Thursday Show

Comedy will be firing at you with all cylinders this weekend, so why not give into it all and allow the Stand to take you under its wing with hilarious acts left, right and centre?

Thu 27 Oct

£10 (£7; Members £5) / 0131 558 7272

With Tanyalee Davis, Steffen Peddie, Archie Maddocks and host Joe Heenan.

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Comments & ratings

1. Mick. MBE26 Jan 2010, 6:57pm4 stars The Stand Report

Allthough late on stage a great afternoons entertaiment was delivered by Stu and Gary, fantastic use of the audience and superb ad lib skills.

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