From breakfast coffee and croissants in our street-level Coffee Shop, to evening beers and burgers downstairs at Traverse Bar Café – good food, great drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere are waiting for you, all day long.


During the day, the Traverse is a brilliant place to relax with a coffee, work with a pastry in hand, meet-up with friends, or write your next stage epic.

Traverse Coffee Shop (ground floor)

Mon to Fri, 8am-4pm

In our street-level coffee shop, you'll find fresh, seasonal sandwiches, soup, hot-pots, quiches and salads – made on-site, by our skilled catering team.

Our coffee comes from Edinburgh-based speciality coffee roasters, Artisan Roast. We drink a lot of it, and we’re sure you’ll love it too.

Traverse Bar Café (downstairs)

Mon to Fri, 4pm to late. Sat, 12pm to late

Please note that our Café Bar will be closing at 6pm on Tue 14, Wed 15 and Tue 21 January.

Downstairs, we serve fast, fresh food and drinks – including coffee, Scottish spirits and craft beers in our relaxed and spacious Bar Café.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sockets for laptops and phones
  • Great for working or informal meetings (at any time of day)
  • Stay as long as you like
  • Bring your four-legged friends – we’re dog friendly!

A stir-fry is sitting on the kitchen pass


Simple, good food – served with a smile downstairs in the Traverse Bar Café.

Under our Head Chef, Sabino Acosta, we’re pleased to serve a fresh, fast and seasonal pre-theatre menu.

To reserve your table call us on 0131 228 5383.

View our current menu

Post-show and night

Great theatre sparks debate. After the curtain has fallen, pore-over our shows in the underground bar.

With a fully-stocked bar, craft beers and a great selection of Scottish gins and whisky, you’ll find everything you need for a brilliant evening here at the Traverse.

A burger with chips and salad
A bartender is pulling a pint. The bar is busy.
People having fun at the Festival 2017 launch, in Traverse Café Bar