- Box office 0131 558 7272
- General enquiries 0131 558 7272
- Bar open Sun–Thu 7.30pm–1am; Fri/Sat 7pm–1am
- Food served Thu 7.30–8.30pm; Fri/Sat 7–8.30pm; Sun 12.30–2.30pm. [No food Mon–Wed].
- Average price £7 (one course); £7 (one course)
- Website www.thestand.co.uk
This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
There's an atmosphere of survival in the bunker-like Stand comedy club, located below ground on York Place. Surrealist paintings of comedians on the walls have a ghostly effect, but the atmosphere is energetic and friendly. Space is tight and it's absolutely essential that club-goers come early to grab a seat. If you're lucky you might get a table, though the tables' proximity to the stage can leave you at the mercy of comedians. For the less brave, there are rows of chairs near the back of the room. The menu's pub grub suits the surroundings and several customers arrive early to tuck in. Chilli, burgers and haggis dishes are up for grabs and vegetarians are not forgotten: there’s a chef's salad and pesto pasta. A well-seasoned chicken fajita wrap is enlivened by fresh tomato salsa and crispy potato wedges on the side. Smothered in cheese, sour cream and salsa, the generously portioned nachos plate is ideal for sharing. The staff are very organised, locating stray chairs and delivering your food order. This is a good place for a boisterous night out.
- High point: Great service
- Low point: Squabbles over seats
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