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The City Café

Fringe Venue 85 - Click here for map

19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR  / 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, just off of the Royal mile and minutes from the Fringe show, The City Cafe is a fashionable 1950's style café bar right in the centre of town. It has benefited from a complete refurbishment in the last couple of years, and it is right on the doorstep of the hustle and bustle of the Royal mile . The venue serves a wide selection of meals and drinks all day, and there is also a great outdoor drinking area, and new for 2018 - three performance spaces for show downstairs!

Shows at The City Café
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'Walkies' (Work in Progress). COMEDY 
AUG 4-26 at 17:50 (60 min) - Free 
As a man who always grown up with dogs in his life, Scott Adams has a 'tail' or two on the pooches that shaped him. "Mixes the downright hilarious & Macabre with a plomb" Adelaide Advertiser 2018. Wit...
The City Café / Hollywood 

A Beginners Guide To Bondage COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 22:50 (60 min) - Free 
A funny, naughty romp through the world of BDSM and fetish. Have you seen "50 Shades Of Grey"? Are you fetish curious? Do you ever feel like a change from Vanilla sex? Mistress Venetia answers enquiri...
The City Café / Hollywood 

A Booklover's Comedy Show COMEDY 
AUG 2-12, 14-26 at 14:05 (60 min) - Free 
A compilation show featuring a rotating bill of comedians and storytellers talking about everything book related - it could be about anything from how a book changed their lives to a time they partied...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Benji Waterstones: Shrink COMEDY 
AUG 2-14 at 16:35 (45 min) - Free 
The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2020 depression will be the biggest first world problem, but how does this affect the mental health work force? In this work-in-progress show award-winn...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Black White with a Hash Brown COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 00:05 (60 min) - Free 
A tale of three colours. The show starts as pristine white in Bethnal Green and devolves to brown in Whitechapel, finally complete blackness in the heart of Leyton; it looks at ourselves and at societ...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Bumble Me Tinders COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 21:35 (60 min) - Free 
Hosted by comedians Patrick Melton (USA) (CC, Spike, VH1) and Katharine Ferns (Canada) (MTV) with a different line-up of single comedians every day. Comics will share horror stories of online dating a...
The City Café / Hollywood 

George Michael is Greek COMEDY 
AUG 2-12, 14-26 at 20:20 (60 min) - Free 
International comedian George Dimarelos is bringing a new show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this time attempting to work out that vague term known as “culture”. George is fascinated by culture a...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Lee Kyle - Kicking Potatoes Into The Sea COMEDY 
AUG 3-14, 16-18, 20-26 at 10:20 (60 min) - Free 
Have you ever kicked a potato into the sea? Lee Kyle has. It's great but it's not the answer to your problems or anything. Unless your problem is that your sea doesn't have enough potatoes in, which...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Malaysian Sensation COMEDY 
AUG 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-26 at 19:10 (45 min) - Free 
Nigel Ng is from Malaysia. Join him as he observes and adopts your Western ways (he just started recycling!) People describe him as "slick, has natural funnybones" (Chortle). Amused Moose National New...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Megalodon COMEDY 
AUG 2-12, 14-25 at 17:50 (60 min) - Free 
'Man is wolf to man.' Sounds pretty clever doesn't it? I will do about five minutes on bumholes first though. This show is also about bad choices, my dad going to Disney World without me when I was ei...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Phil Zimmerman - 67 Arseholes COMEDY 
AUG 15-20, 22-26 at 16:35 (60 min) - Free 
An hour of off-the-wall physical comedy, satire and music. With sausage... 67 arseholes is Phil Zimmerman’s take on the insanity of modern life. A riotous rant, mercilessly mocking establishment corru...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Russell Hicks: A Fist Full of Ideas COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 12:50 (60 min) - Free 
Russell Hicks attempts to hone a work that is forever in progress by walking on stage with – literally – a fist full of ideas. ...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Sean Bedlam - Death to America COMEDY 
AUG 15-26 at 16:35 (60 min) - Free 
It's 2018. The world may have already ended. One of Australia's best political comedians and activists Sean Bedlam has no answers* but a lot of hilarious, intelligent insights. *He has some answers. ...
The City Café / Hollywood 

The poetry of sticking an egg up a hen’s butt! SPOKEN WORD 
AUG 3-12, 14-26 at 15:20 (60 min) - Free 
Everyday life can be tragic and comical at the same time. And what’s more uneasy - to laugh at something that is tragic or to take something ridiculous seriously? These are the questions for this uniq...
The City Café / Hollywood 

Twat Out Of Hell COMEDY 
AUG 2-6, 8-20, 22-26 at 11:35 (60 min) - Free 
Twat Out of Hell features comedian Gary G Knightley, as seen on Channel 4, BBC3 and the West End, performing his debut solo show. MCA Finalist 2017 Gary G Knightley “Clever, Funny and in your face” ...
The City Café / Hollywood 
Las Vegas 

...if COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 18:45 (60 min) - Free 
A comedy rockumentary about a band that never happened. Conor discovers his old band's 18-year-old demo and decides if giving up the pipe dream was the right thing to do – what if they didn't? What if...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

52 Days COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 22:30 (60 min) - Free 
Just before New Years 2011 I decided my resolution for the new year would be to limit my drinking to one day a week in 2012. My friend gave me a deck of cards, saying that every drinking day I used up...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 17:30 (60 min) - Free 
"Growing up - I was too brown for the white kids and the wrong kind of brown for the brown kids. That's when I first questioned my identity.“ Come and join international stand-up comedian Dharmander ...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Don't Be Terrible COMEDY 
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free 
Can stand up save your love life? Self-confessed nice guy Steve thinks so. That's why he's asked Alice, an up and coming comedian, how to perform stand up. It's his last-ditch attempt to distract his...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Eat Sleep Shit Shag COMEDY 
AUG 2-23 at 13:45 (50 min) - Free 
Amused Moose Comedy Award Finalist, 2015, Abbie Murphy returns to the fringe with her new show, ‘Eat Sleep Shit Shag’ Murphy has been trying to figure out what it is to be a woman. Anecdotes from th...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Getting Away Scott Free COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 23:45 (60 min) - Free 
After a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand, Scott brings his new show to this year's Edinburgh Fringe. 'Getting Away Scott Free'. We all have the story about 'the one that got away' Scott i...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Holt and Talbot: Mansplaining Feminism COMEDY 
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free 
Still talking to each other after last year's Edinburgh success with Holt and Talbot Can’t Stand The Sight Of Each Other, no one is more surprised than them. Rosie Holt is unable to grasp some of the ...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

AUG 16-20 at 01:00 (55 min) - Free 
Lunafruit are fresh new band from London, bringing their project to the Edinburgh festival as part of their Summer 2018 tour. Drawing together influences from jazz, RnB, soul, funk and pop, their live...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Mat Ricardo Vs The World CABARET 
AUG 2-26 at 12:30 (60 min) - Free 
Award-winning cabaret star and the UK’s most successful juggler, Mat Ricardo, had a problem – after a 30-year career as the go-to guy for jaw-dropping dexterity, he'd run out of new tricks. So he did ...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Mystery Meat (Showcase) CABARET 
AUG 2-26 at 10:00 (60 min) - Free 
Mystery Meat Club builds on the success of being the best niche stand up club in Brighton. The Compere Anthony Ayton regularly appears on Latest TV. Every show will have a mixture of comedy styles and...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

No Brainer COMEDY 
AUG 24-26 at 13:45 (60 min) - Free 
'No Brainer' - This is a compilation show that you don't have to think too hard about; two comics with very different backgrounds who have somehow ended up friends. This is like the 'Kinder egg' of E...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Oxford Revue: Free COMEDY 
AUG 2-11, 21-26 at 01:00 (60 min) - Free 
The Oxford Revue returns with its celebrated Free Fringe variety bill. Across the month of August, the University of Oxford's premier sketch comedy troupe presents a rotating bill of stand-up, sketch,...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Spring Day: Strong Codependent Woman COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free 
Who runs the world? Not me, obviously. I handed the keys to that drunk guy. I was taught that “looking out for number one” was a horribly selfish thing to do. So for many years I selflessly helped o...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

That's My Story Podcast COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 16:15 (55 min) - Free 
Daily recordings of the THAT'S MY STORY PODCAST with Martin Mor and Bronston Jones with a different international guest every day.  ...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

The Spice Girls Lied to Us COMEDY 
AUG 12-15 at 01:00 (60 min) - Free 
The Spice Girls lied right to our faces. they sold us girl power, the crappy music, the equally crappy merch. We soaked it up. They told us friendship would last for ever then each one of them went o...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

What has The News Ever Done For Me? COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 11:15 (55 min) - Free 
After it's sell out run last year, the popular morning topical news show returns to the fringe. Three comics bring along the story from the weeks news they think is the most important and it goes to a...
The City Café / Las Vegas 

Addicted to Fun COMEDY 
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 15:40 (60 min) - Free 
Jane used to be fun. By fun, she means drunk. She’s been sober for 15 years but still misses the buzz of that first, second, third, fourth drink. A frank and funny show about anxiety, sex, alcohol and...
The City Café / Nineties 

Andrew Sim: You Gotta Find Joy COMEDY 
AUG 2-14, 16-26 at 12:00 (55 min) - Free 
Bringing his first solo run to the Fringe with his dark past, strange obsessions and naive optimism, Andrew Sim wants to find joy and spread it to you. With a combination of story telling, surreal imp...
The City Café / Nineties 

Angry Boater COMEDY 
AUG 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-26 at 19:25 (60 min) - Free 
Now in its fourth year, the glorious, comedic voyage from suburbia to chaos finally comes to Edinburgh. Following a eureka moment in Hemel Hempstead, Joel Sanders bought a narrowboat and moved into ...
The City Café / Nineties 

Cool Story Bro' COMEDY 
AUG 2-14, 16-26 at 00:25 (55 min) - Free 
Trev Tokabi, from the Ivory Coast, has a knack to put himself in compromising situations! If you have a mate, friend, partner, homeboy, homegirl, brother, sister,husband, wife or just know someone who...
The City Café / Nineties 

Dan Kelly's Madras Years COMEDY 
AUG 2-16 at 13:10 (45 min) - Free 
Ever been for a curry with all ten members of the Wu Tang Clan? Ever thought about what it all means (death/life/lager), mid downward-dog? Ever scored the winning goal in the last minute, only to have...
The City Café / Nineties 

Falling with Style COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 23:10 (50 min) - Free 
Adventurer David von Jones takes a humorous look at some popular Disney and Pixar movies with a view to discovering more about the benefits of pessimism. ...
The City Café / Nineties 

Fitting image COMEDY 
AUG 2-12, 14-26 at 20:40 (60 min) - Free 
How do you know where you are going in life? Are you ever done sorting yourself out? Lisanne was given the roadmap to her life at birth. Come and find out if she can follow the road to her destiny. ...
The City Café / Nineties 

Jake Donaldson: Help! I'm Trapped In The Body Of An Adequate Comedian! COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 10:40 (60 min) - Free 
Jake Donaldson returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his debut hour long solo show! Jake mixes stand-up and storytelling in his new show, which explores what it’s really like to try to follow your drea...
The City Café / Nineties 

Pants & Pantsability rinsed COMEDY 
AUG 17-26 at 13:10 (60 min) - Free 
Pam Ford. six foot Aussie entertainer. Brings Pants & Pantsability Rinsed to Edinburgh 2018, a regular at the Fringe, fans return year after year to see what happened next? Its refreshing to actually ...
The City Café / Nineties 

Please Stop COMEDY 
AUG 19-26 at 14:25 (60 min) - Free 
Please Stop! Please Stop! Please Stop! No this is not a command but a comedy documentary which explores the view that all cities in the UK lack identity. Do you love living in a place that could be an...
The City Café / Nineties 

Sagar Dreamcast COMEDY 
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 18:10 (60 min) - Free 
Character comedian, Fiona Sagar, fresh from The Groundlings Comedy Theatre, LA, returns to Edinburgh with Sagar Dreamcast. Her previous shows include; Entitled (Best Show Funny Women Nominee) and Saga...
The City Café / Nineties 

Samantha Pressdee: Pulling It Together (WIP) COMEDY 
AUG 2-10 at 14:25 (60 min) - Free 
4 years ago, samantha lost everything, including her marbles. In an adventure through the british welfare system Samantha battles cuts, medication and eventually trolls. The journey back to sanity can...
The City Café / Nineties 

The MadCraic Comedy Show COMEDY 
AUG 15-26 at 22:00 (50 min) - Free 
An Irish run Stand Up Comedy Compilation Show featuring some of the best comedians from around the festival, FOR FREE. With a new selection of comedians every night, this is an ideal opportunity to ge...
The City Café / Nineties 

The Never Ending Cycle COMEDY 
AUG 2-14 at 21:55 (60 min) - Free 
"The Never Ending Cycle" has something for everyone. Silly, satirical and surreal, a sketch comedy show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but packs a punch. Filled with relatable observational c...
The City Café / Nineties 

Tom Taylor: Abridged COMEDY 
AUG 2-26 at 16:55 (40 min) - Free 
The creator of Fringe hit, The Charlie Montague Mysteries (sell-out shows 2016 and 2017), returns with 40 minutes of jokes and silliness. As heard on BBC Radio 4. Tour support for Simon Munnery...
The City Café / Nineties 

TwentyTwelve COMEDY 
AUG 11-18 at 14:25 (60 min) - Free 
The show is basically the story of my life and centers around my well meaning failures as an adult, from the time I leaned in to kiss a woman that had just interviewed me for a job, to my investments ...
The City Café / Nineties 

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