Monkey Barrel Comedy

Monkey Barrel Comedy
9–11 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR
  • Box office 0845 500 1056
  • General enquiries 0131 225 5149
  • Opening times 7–11pm.
  • Seasonal times Extended license during Fringe (3am)
  • Bar open 10am–midnight
  • Food served Wed–Sun 10am–4pm (dinner available during evening performances if pre-ordered online 7 days in advance). Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Pre-theatre times £35 weekdays, £45 Sat & Sun, pre–order 7 days in advance
  • Average price £12 (set lunch); £35–£45 (depending on night) platter, including prosecco and show ticket
  • Pre-theatre price £35–45 (depending on night) platter, including prosecco and show ticket pre-order 7 days in advanced
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  • Website www.monkeybarrelcomedy.com
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Monkey Barrel Comedy

Plush, red-hued comedy club.

  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £35–£45 (depending on night) platter, including prosecco and show ticket

In the heart of Edinburgh’s old town, Monkey Barrel Comedy’s brand venue brings with it an alternative approach to Edinburgh’s art scene.

We are an award-winning comedy club (Best Comedy Club 2017 and 2018 at the Scottish Comedy Awards) offering top stand-up until midnight.

The venue has wheelchair access and ample space.

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  • Delivery: ask for details
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nick Drake and Belle & Sebastian
  • Live entertainment: Comedy shows, gigs, spoken word events
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 7 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Alfie Brown: Love

IAM Presents A brand new hour of jokes from Alfie Brown; the country’s best non-famous comedian. This show is about empathy and love, and their relationship to politics and our personal lives. Alfie extracts humour from the darkness and the light that are central to the human experience. This show can not be missed.

Thu 6 Aug

Monkey Barrel 1

£8 / 0845 500 1056

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Monkey Barrel 1

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Monkey Barrel 1

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

Ed Night: Faded

IAM Presents: The kid’s back with another hour of lo-fi stand-up comedy to chill or study to. As seen on Comedy Central. As heard on BBC Radio 1. 'So bleakly funny on the lack of future prospects for his generation that you felt winded' (Guardian). 'As far as comedy goes, he’s pretty much cracked it' ★★★★ (Scotsman).

Thu 6 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£6 / 0845 500 1056

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

Elf Lyons: Raven

Elf Lyons Comedy It-girl Elf floats to Fringe with a horrifying comedy show inspired by Stephen King. Get a glass of red rum and laugh with Elf forever and ever. It will be a misery if you can't come. 'An Ordeal' (Times). 'A fantastic comedic success' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'This is comedy as enchantment. You…

Thu 6 Aug

Monkey Barrel 4

£5 / 0845 500 1056

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Monkey Barrel 4

£9 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Monkey Barrel 4

£9 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 30 Aug

Jamali Maddix: Strip Club Einstein

IAM Presents: Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Vice's Hate Thy Neighbour and Channel 4's Adventures in Futureland, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour again after his incredible 2018 World Tour. Strip Club Einstein reflects on tales from the front line of social change and uncomfortable home truths. As seen…

Wed 19 Aug

Monkey Barrel 3

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 20 Aug

Monkey Barrel 3

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 21 Aug

Monkey Barrel 3

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 30 Aug

Micky Overman: Bread Week

IAM Presents: What happens when our youthful expectations of love and sex, those formed in the 90s by movies, TV and music get crushed by the realities of adulthood and, in this one case, a terribly mean doctor? In 'Bread Week' comedian Micky Overman delves into her early twenties when a minor medical issue resulted in…

Thu 6 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£6 / 0845 500 1056

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£6 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£6 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 30 Aug

Richard Brown: Horror Show

Richard Brown Horror in all it's forms from the brilliant, brutal mind of one of Scotland’s most talented comics. Award-winning curmudgeon Richard Brown confronts his reactions to an ever-changing, more horrifying world. Highlighting the connections between terror and laughter, and questioning the magic of our dreams…

Thu 6 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£2.50 / 0845 500 1056

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£5 (£4) / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Monkey Barrel 5

£5 (£4) / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Sam Campbell: Companion

Fight in the Dog & IAM Presents: If you want to make the finest wine, use the sweetest grape on the vine. Crazy jokes, exciting videos, authentic snakeskin jacket. I’ve done Edinburgh twice before. The first time (2016) was so shit I thought I was going to cry but the second time (2018) I had a healthy attitude and…

Fri 7 Aug

Monkey Barrel 4

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Monkey Barrel 4

£10 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Monkey Barrel 4

£8 / 0845 500 1056

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 30 Aug

Reviews & features

Liam Withnail: 'They want to build something that lasts and has a great legacy. They're well on their way to doing that'

4 Sep 2018

Having come a long way in a short time, Monkey Barrel Comedy is building a thriving year-round community of its own

There's New York, there's London and then there's Edinburgh. The Scottish capital's relationship with comedy is a tight one, going back a long way, thanks to the biggest arts festival in the world, which brings a vast numbers of stand-ups, sketch groups…

How to experience the magic of the Edinburgh Fringe in 24 hours

1 Aug 2018

If you only have a day to spend and are looking for some fun, we've got you covered

It's the biggest arts festival in the world and it transforms the city of Edinburgh during the month of August. Over 50,000 performances of over 3000 shows took place in 300 venues last year. 'How do I begin to work my way through this titanic…

How to start your own comedy night, according to some of the best in the business

21 May 2018

We chat to comedy club founders and promoters to get their perspectives on how to launch a successful event

Everything great and wonderful has to start somewhere small. Vic Reeves' Big Night Out began its life in a small London pub, moved to TV shortly afterwards and kicked off three decades of comedy glory. Kevin Bridges, inspired by Frank Skinner's…

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