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The Raging Bull

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The Raging Bull

Fringe Venue 332 - Click here for map
161 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AA. Phone: 0131 228 5558
  Licensed
Open from 14:00 to 02:00
18+ only

Nestled within the vibrant heart of the city center, in close proximity to the Edinburgh Castle, lies The Raging Bull—an establishment that seamlessly combines sophistication with a welcoming atmosphere. Boasting a strategic location between the fashionable West End district and the perennially sought-after Bruntsfield area, this venue provides an ideal setting for relaxation. The newly renovated bar exudes a distinctive charm, featuring an upstairs area with an eclectic yet inviting ambiance, dedicated to the art of cocktail craftsmanship, with a particular emphasis on the revered Espresso Martini. Downstairs, guests can revel in a private and intimate setting, where they can unwind, savor a drink, and enjoy a host of free Fringe shows.

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

Shows sorted by Venue Room

Cellar

1001 Normal Dysfunctional Families

1001 Normal Dysfunctional Families

Comedy

1001 Normal Dysfunctional Families

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-25 at 14:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

A comedy game show where 4 comedians will battle each other using their childhood trauma and the audience will decide which one of them had the worst parents (Sold-out run Edinburgh Fringe 2023) The show is structured in 3 rounds: Round 1 5 minute stand-up set about family and childhood. Round 2 There will be prepared scenarios containing "a location" and "a subject" and our comedians will have to improvise a "family fight(argue)" scene based on the notes. The battles will be 1v1 and the audience will decide who goes in the last round Round 3 Similar to the game "Scenes We'd like to se...


4 Comedy Masterminds: Stand up Comedy Game Show - A CrowdWork Special

4 Comedy Masterminds: Stand up Comedy Game Show - A CrowdWork Special

Comedy

4 Comedy Masterminds: Stand up Comedy Game Show - A CrowdWork Special

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-25 at 16:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

A Hit Comedy Game Show debuts in Fringe. The Game show has been consistently SOLD OUT in Berlin and brings audience that are upbeat and ready to have fun. You will see comedians perform their best jokes and play a hilarious interactive comedy game with the audience. During the game part of the show, Comedians will show their comedic skills live on the stage as they try to guess some trivial and funny facts about audience members. Example questions: How long a couple in the audience been together? Only rule of the game: Comedians are allowed to ask 3 questions to the audience member to riff...


60 Minutes World Comedy Tour: The Local Immigrant

60 Minutes World Comedy Tour: The Local Immigrant

Comedy

60 Minutes World Comedy Tour: The Local Immigrant

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 19:45 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Prateek is a man of the world but don't call him an immigrant! Call him a New Yorker, Berliner, Spaniard or a Delhi Boy. Join the cultural joyride that is his life, breaking free from Indian tradition, to conquering American capitalism and now trying life as a Berlin hippie. Let's talk Berlin's fetish scene and dating life where being monogamous is a red flag, Indian arranged marriages, and breathing in New York - expensive! Has he found his home in Berlin? Or Is Edinburgh next? … Watch out, this Local Immigrant might take your apartment or your girlfriend and settle in here. Prateek...


Dima Watermelon: Ukrainian Dream

Dima Watermelon: Ukrainian Dream

Comedy

Dima Watermelon: Ukrainian Dream

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-25 at 17:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £5

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Wild and unapologetically hilarious comedy show about dreams, quirks of our diverse society, and the absurdity of life. Originally from Ukraine, Dima moved to Berlin nine years ago and immediately started doing stand-up in order not to lose his sense of humour while integrating into German society. After many years of trying to become German, Dima gave up on life and started doing comedy full-time because laughter is the only way he can cope with everything that’s happening in the world. Expect spicy jokes and ridiculous life stories about the state of the world, Berlin techno clubs, emigra...


Dom Hutchins - The Big Issues

Dom Hutchins - The Big Issues

Comedy

Dom Hutchins - The Big Issues

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 14-25 at 13:30 (45 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Dom Hutchins - The Big Issues": Embark on a compelling comedy adventure with Dom Hutchins at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! In 'The Big Issues,' Dom navigates political and social structures, wielding stand-up as a potent tool. Living with cerebral palsy, he fearlessly challenges stereotypes, infusing his humour with captivating insights. A rising star since 2019, Dom has graced esteemed showcases at the Edinburgh Fringe, including 'Doing Bits at the 3 Sisters' and 'Disabled Cants.' Starting from the Laughing Horse Comedy Course, Dom has ascended through competitions like Beat the Frog W...


Happy Medium

Happy Medium

Musicals and Opera

Happy Medium

Musicals and Opera

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 12:15 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Happy Medium the musical is about a psychic medium in 1970s New York, who was on her way to be a singer, when her whole life changed. Now she's one of New Yorks best psychics- but her heart yearns for more! With live psychic medium readings, musical improv and group singing, this dark comedy is a must see!...


Mattia Sedda: Choin

Mattia Sedda: Choin

Comedy

Mattia Sedda: Choin

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-25 at 22:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Known as “The Sardinian Forrest Gump”, Mattia Sedda is an immigrant with the dream of being a professional actor in the UK. He has trained with the best, learnt from the best, and worked at the best..fast-food venues. And now he presents his magnum opus: CHOIN is a very professional theatrical showcase. A heart-warming journey full of nonsensical humour, chaos, nostalgia and humanity....


Mr Diagonal – Join the Dots

Mr Diagonal – Join the Dots

Music

Mr Diagonal – Join the Dots

Music

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 21:00 (55 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

mr Diagonal, prime minister of pop always cuts a dash and declines to cut corners. A peerless pianist-entertainer in the 'Noel Coward on mushrooms' tradition, his witty words and slick licks have earned him exposure on BBC radio 3, the Guardian and Japanese national television. Join him at Edinburgh's smartest cocktail bar for a magical evening of mutant music-hall on the Brecht-Bowie-Broadway spectrum. 'Clearly a genius' - Momus 'Dreamy and colorful with the insidious threat of lurking danger (Written in Music, Holland) A voyage of the mind...a poetic navigation by star and dead reckoni...


Night of the Living Deadpan

Night of the Living Deadpan

Comedy

Night of the Living Deadpan

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-10 at 23:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can - Tickets available soon

Split bill featuring two up and coming Bristol based acts, featuring dry, dead pan, and joke-heavy routines hitting introspective themes and outsiders topics. A contrast to the up beat high energy acts often seen. Brendan Common:- "The genuine antidote to mainstream comedy" Ignacio lopez - Shortlisted BBC new act - Finalist- Welsh unsigned stand up award - Finalist stand up for cider (south west ) - Semi finalist so you think you're funny "It can surely only be a matter of time before the geek shall inherit the earth" "south wales echo Phil Wathern:- "A very skilled wri...


OHHHH!! JER-E-MY CORBYN! Stephen G Titley

OHHHH!! JER-E-MY CORBYN! Stephen G Titley

Comedy

OHHHH!! JER-E-MY CORBYN! Stephen G Titley

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-13 at 13:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

As Sir Keir bores his way to inevitable victory over the batshit-crazy Tories, come & join stand-up Stephen G Titley (Socialist In Progress) for ‘OHHHH!!!! Jer-e-my Corbyn!’ to decide if Steve himself is the true ‘future of the Left’ & if Corbyn WAS The Messiah OR just “a very naughty boy”. ALL THAT, PLUS LAUGHS! Steve is another one of them WOKE-LEFTIE comedians. ALL welcome - Corbynistas, Starmerites, Trussites & those drips in the centre FREE ENTRY FOR LIZ TRUSS. “hilarious and profound” ...“Titley is obviously very talented”…“4 damn stars” **** TripleFReviews ...


Richard Cobb: Running Joke

Richard Cobb: Running Joke

Comedy

Richard Cobb: Running Joke

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 18:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can Tickets - from £2.50

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Following a host of sell-out shows and hot on the heels of last year's debut 'Couple's Massage', Scottish comedian Richard Cobb returns to the track with a brand new hour filled with more guilt-tripped and incredibly stressful anecdotes. The honeymoon is over and the running shoes are on. But can he really win the Edinburgh Marathon? “This is the most impressive full debut I’ve seen from a stand up.” Edinburgh Fringe review. “He has an easy affable charm.” Lancaster Guardian. "Lovely emotional act, very funny and touching." The Stand Comedy Club. ...


Tez Ilyas: Talk to Tez

Tez Ilyas: Talk to Tez

Comedy

Tez Ilyas: Talk to Tez

Comedy

The Raging Bull / Cellar
AUG 13-25 at 23:30 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Tez Ilyas, one of the most most celebrated stars in British comedy, returns to Edinburgh in 2024 with a raucous hour of his trademark, no-holds barred, hilarious, improvised crowdwork and late night fun. Star of Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three), and as seen on: Live at The Apollo (BBC Two), The Last Leg (C4), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), and Comic Relief’s Big Night In (BBC One). And as heard on: TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4), and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). 'Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics, and the gags to ba...