The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour is exactly what it says on the tin: an exploration of the streets, the sights and, most importantly, the pubs that have all influenced the city's rich literary scene. The tour is led by two actors that go by the names of Mister Clart and Miss McBrain. As we set off down the streets of Edinburgh, Clart declares "it's like a school trip with booze".

If you enjoy a lighthearted and informative evening, then march, pint in hand, with Clart and McBrain around the pub scene of Edinburgh.

The pair perform a series of duologues using the guise of a very entertaining debate - Clart argues that Scotland's greatest writers stem from the reeking taverns, much to McBrain's disgust! The tour secures the right balance of entertainment and factual information that keep us thoroughly engaged throughout as well as give us a great introduction to Edinburgh's literary past.

Even though the tour is performed all year round, it does not in any way feel stale. The performers regularly stray from the script and give us moments of hilarity and their knowledge of all things literary is very impressive. All our questions are met with clear, informative answers and both are clearly very passionate about what they do. All of this come together into a highly polished and very professional experience.

This is definitely not your typical Fringe theatre production and by no means would it be for everyone. That said, there is no need to water down the tour’s material to appeal to a mass market. Don't go expecting groundbreaking theatre; it does in no way pretend to be such a thing. If you enjoy a lighthearted and informative evening, then march, pint in hand, with Clart and McBrain around the pub scene of Edinburgh.

Reviews by Alex Hargreaves

theSpace on the Mile

Normal is an Illusion

★★
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Not the Horse

★★★★
Greenside @ Royal Terrace

Richard III

★★★★
C venues – C cubed

A Midsummer Night's Dream

★★★
C venues - C

The Society of Strange

★★★★
Paradise in Augustines

C'tait la Nuit

★★★

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The Blurb

Join the infamous Clart and McBrain in this brilliant and witty dramatic romp through the wynds, courtyards and pubs of Edinburgh! Classic award-winning entertainment, performed by professional actors. The ultimate pub tour!