Barstar Of The Day: 17 Aug.  Jamie Swift

Barstar Of The Day: 17 Aug. Jamie Swift

Switching to the other side of town Richard is sent to the Dragonfly, just up from Grassmarket, where it’s possible to enjoy food, drinks and cocktails. This month it also hosts Venue 414 for comedy... 

Barstar Of The  Day: 16 th Aug. Sanni Jokinen

Barstar Of The Day: 16 th Aug. Sanni Jokinen

Still around Leith Walk, Richard visits a pub that started out in 1898 as ‘Joseph Pearce Wine and Spirit Merchants’. There he met Sanni, the second curator he’s found behind a bar... 

Barstar Of The Day: 15th Aug. Rafal Czekalski

Barstar Of The Day: 15th Aug. Rafal Czekalski

Richard is sent down Leith Walk to another of last year’s hangouts: the very theatrical-sounding and quirky Mousetrap where he met Rafal, our second Polish bar worker. 

Barstar Of The Day: 14th Aug.  Simone Parker

Barstar Of The Day: 14th Aug. Simone Parker

Venturing back into the thick of it, Richard returns to the ever-popular Oz Bar. Eric from last year has moved on but Simone has worked her on and off for many years. She is one of the many academics pulling pints in the city. 

Barstar Of The Day: 13 Aug. Caitlin Laird

Barstar Of The Day: 13 Aug. Caitlin Laird

Staying on Edinburgh’s southside Richard was sent around the corner to the Southern, a pub renowned for its wide selection of beers and burgers, including the chilli death. Here he met Caitlin with her tales from the outback. 

Barstar Of The Day: 12 Aug. Meghan O’Donnell

Barstar Of The Day: 12 Aug. Meghan O’Donnell

Few places are a theatre, a brewery and a distillery but Richard was sent to Summerhall to a bar whose name provides much amusement but derives from Professor William Dick (1793 - 1866) who established the veterinary school on this site... 

Barstar Of The Day: 11th Aug. Fiona Stephen

Barstar Of The Day: 11th Aug. Fiona Stephen

Cabaret Voltaire was a 2017 destination, but Richard’s been sent there again. This year he met Fiona, on quiz night, who’s love of camping stretches for the Hebrides to the Himalayas. 

Barstar of the Day: 10th Aug. Karina Graham

Barstar of the Day: 10th Aug. Karina Graham

No surprise that Richard was sent to another Stonegate pub next. Free Fringe Venue 101 is Finnegan’s Wake back in the Old Town. Barely old enough to get served in a pub, Karina works behind the bar when she’s not riding a horse. 

Barstar Of The Day: 9th Aug. Elliot Notman

Barstar Of The Day: 9th Aug. Elliot Notman

On his first foray into the New Town this year, Richard visits Free Fringe Venue 259 otherwise known as the Hanover Tap. There he met hotman Notman, Elliot the engineer. 

Bartstar Of The Day: 8th Aug. Ruby Chaple

Bartstar Of The Day: 8th Aug. Ruby Chaple

After all the late-night revels Richard was sent to the replicated American-themed diner, City Cafe, for a hearty classic breakfast, where he met Ruby, who was wide awake, full energy and thrilled to be the next Barstar Of The Day. 

Barstar Of The Day: 6th Aug. Paulina Slapa

Barstar Of The Day: 6th Aug. Paulina Slapa

Richard had to resist the temptation to stay out till the 0500 closing time when he was sent to this hugely popular live music venue. For Paulina it’s become a way of life along with having to put up with the whistlebinkies. 

Barstar Of The Day: 7th Aug. Rhys Kay-Fortescue

Barstar Of The Day: 7th Aug. Rhys Kay-Fortescue

Finding himself among late night live music lovers again, Richard encountered another Scottish word and Rhys who went to the other side of the world and back again. 

Barstar Of The Day: 4th Aug. Keren Arlow

Barstar Of The Day: 4th Aug. Keren Arlow

Richard goes to the heart of the city where he found Keren in the newly refurbished George IV. It’s changed beyond recognition since last year and it’s an advantage to be tall if you want to stand at the bar. 

Barstar Of The Day: 5th Aug. Lachlan Plozza

Barstar Of The Day: 5th Aug. Lachlan Plozza

Next door to where he started two days ago, Richard meets Lachlan in a very long and narrow pub whose beautiful windows are inscribed with the claim that Mary Queen of Scots and John Knox drank here, probably... 

Barstar Of The Day: 3rd Aug. Lisa Robbins

Barstar Of The Day: 3rd Aug. Lisa Robbins

Richard’s back on the trail in our tribute to the unsung heroes who keep us refreshed during the Festival Fringe. Each venue is recommended by the previous Barstar. We’re starting the season at The Mitre, where Lisa might have to deal with the spirit of Bishop John Spottiswood who once owned the site. 

Liquid Refreshment that could promote your show

Liquid Refreshment that could promote your show

Win yourself advertising on Broadway Baby just by visiting the pub this Festival. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

The final day! Richard's alcohol-fueled quest to find Edinburgh's best bar staff ends up at WestRoom, where he found Sam Leishman, a 20 year old Guinness drinker with a passion for mixology. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Richard didn't stumble far from yesterday's bar, Foundry 39, as just a few yards up Charlotte Lane he fell into Sygn, a trendy retro-style cocktail bar & diner where Edinburgh Barstar of the Day, Gavin Robertson, who after crossing the globe revealed he now wants to settle down. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Tucked on the corner of Queensferry Street and Charlotte Lane you'll find the ultra-hip bar and eatery, Foundry 39. It's also where Richard discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar; Scottish lass, Sarah Brown – who would say no to a Jägerbomb. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Warm and welcoming, and always entertaining, 99 Hanover Street is at the heart of Edinburgh's bar scene. Richard popped along for a fruity cocktail and to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Nathan Hinze - and if you ask him nicely he might even mix you a Del Famoso. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

In the heart of the Old Town, Cabaret Voltaire is a legendary live music venue in the vaults beneath North Bridge. Richard went exploring and found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Dale Welstead, a child star of kayaking who turned his sporting talents to swimming... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

The Three Sisters – renamed the Free Sisters during the Fringe – has long been a festival hub and a jewel in the crown of the Free Festival. Richard popped along to the busy pub on Cowgate to chat to today's Edinburgh Barstar, Lainey Corroon, and discovered this Irish gal is fond of glitter and a drop of spiced rum with her Coke. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Just around the corner from the iconic Greyfriar's Bobby you'll find the Oz Bar, and that's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Erik Stenersen. Born in Luxembourg to Danish parents, his favourite drink is Chocolate Milk... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh is Festival City for good reason, and amongst all the theatre, comedy, books and arts there's even a Scottish Gin Festival. Richard popped over to Gin 71 which plays host to this event (and keeps 150 Scottish Gins in stock) to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Danny Smith who's planning a career in advertising photography... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Formerly a parsonage, Cloisters Bar is a uniquely traditional Edinburgh pub. Richard ventured over to the north west tip of the Meadows to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Denise Garland, a New Zealander who's travelling the world. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Just off the Royal Mile and Cowgate you'll find a craft beer shop and bar called the Salt Horse. You'll also find Maurice Penny, who just happens to be our Edinburgh Barstar of the Day. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

The Heads & Tales bar is the home of Edinburgh Gin, and it's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Tomas Germanavicius, a Lithuanian who's a dab hand at mixing up a cocktail. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Richard's headed over to Leith to the eclectic bar that is The Mousetrap where he finds today's Edinburgh Barstar, Jay Weeks. Born in England, raised in Spain and educated in Scotland - he gets about! 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Richard is exploring Edinburgh's East End today to discover the Barstar of the Day at The Newsroom, where Glaswegian Molly McCluskey is making plans on photography while sipping a Scottish spiced rum. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Richard's headed south to Clerk Street where at the unique Dog House bar he's discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar, Montse Pearce, a Spanish-born artist with good taste in whisky. 

Cocktail of the Day: Large Mojito

Cocktail of the Day: Large Mojito

Large Mojito at Pollyanna's... And then bed!  

Cocktail of the Day: Fringe First

Cocktail of the Day: Fringe First

A delicious Fringe First cocktail at Brookes Bar with the super funny and talented Naomi Petersen! Go see her show I Am Telling You I'm Not Going... and tonight she didn't! 

Cocktail of the Day: Lady Garden

Cocktail of the Day: Lady Garden

I'm on a Lady Garden, the fellas are on White Russians... How is this going to end?! Only the staff and clientele of Polyannas will know... 

Cocktail of the Day: Salty Margarita

Cocktail of the Day: Salty Margarita

Salty Margarita at the Abattoir... Definitely not one of my five a day. 

Cocktail of the Day: Backwards Trevor

Cocktail of the Day: Backwards Trevor

Sharing what we can only describe as a Backwards Trevor with Nick Hall at the Pleasance. Go see Nick in Szcrabble - he's super good! Then have a Backwards Trevor. 

Cocktail of the Day: Mojito

Cocktail of the Day: Mojito

Mojitos at The Abattoir with my improv team The 838. Just after this pic we sent the cocktails back as it was essentially just soda water and got a margarita instead. 

Cocktail of the Day: Venetian Spritz

Cocktail of the Day: Venetian Spritz

Sinking a Venetian Spritz with Tom from Tom and Will's Open Swim – Go see them – they are funnnnnnyyyyy. 

Cocktail of the Day: Gancia Manhattan

Cocktail of the Day: Gancia Manhattan

Enjoying a Gancia Manhattan at the Italian Escape Bar, Pleasance. Getting a bit of heart burn. 

Cocktail of the Day: Bellini

Cocktail of the Day: Bellini

Knocking back a Bellini at La Locanda on Cockburn Street. It's 10am. 

Cocktail of the Day: Prosecco Gold Rush

Cocktail of the Day: Prosecco Gold Rush

Keeping it classy with a Prosecco Gold Rush at La Piazza - Prosecco, Archers and Vodka. Nice. 

Cocktail of the Day: Bottega Bellini

Cocktail of the Day: Bottega Bellini

Forcing down a Bottega Bellini at the Pleasance. I'm a picture of health today. 

Cocktail of the Day: Delicious Fizz

Cocktail of the Day: Delicious Fizz

It all started with a Delicious Fizz at Spoon then everything got a bit blurred. I blame Emma Jerrold. Go see her show Broken Fanny and tell her off for me. 

Cocktail of the Day: Jessica Rabbit

Cocktail of the Day: Jessica Rabbit

Having a Jessica Rabbit at The Whistle Stop with my mum. It's her Birthday today. She's 70!! 70!!! Look at her skin!!! She looks younger than me. 

Cocktail of the Day: 80 Days Daiquiri

Cocktail of the Day: 80 Days Daiquiri

Spreading my wings and trying an 80 Days Daiquiri at the IBIS Southbridge. Delish!! 

Cocktail of the Day: Peach Appletini

Cocktail of the Day: Peach Appletini

Sharing a surprisingly refreshing Peach Appletini in the Pleasance with the writers and star of Channel 5's new comedy Borderline. Go see David Elms in his many shows - he IS the Fringe! 

Cocktail of the Day: Raspberry Cosmo

Cocktail of the Day: Raspberry Cosmo

Sipping on a sickly sweet Raspberry Cosmo in a jar at the Pleasance Courtyard. I'm sandwiched between two fellow players of the Free Association - go see Jacuzzi - it's HOT improv. 

Cocktail of the Day: Russian Collins

Cocktail of the Day: Russian Collins

Knocking back a Russian Collins in the Loft Bar, Gilded Balloon with all the celebs – including this one – one of my oldest friends in showbiz, Jody Kamali. Go see his show – he's the funniest clown in town. 

Cocktail of the Day: Mojito

Cocktail of the Day: Mojito

Clare Plested is still smiling as she continues her quest to bring us the Cocktail of the Day. 

Cocktail of the Day: Espresso Martini

Cocktail of the Day: Espresso Martini

It's time once again for Cocktail of the Day with increasingly alcoholic comic Clare Plested. 

Cocktail of the Day: Ciao Roma Special

Cocktail of the Day: Ciao Roma Special

Follow comic Clare Plested on an adventure in alcoholism as this year's she's agreed to bring us Cocktail of the Day. For the debut, it's a specially invented tipple at Ciao Roma.