This hot and colourful basement venue is so vibrant and zinging with quick fire comedy that you may have a problem getting a seat. Your other option is, of course, to stand which is precisely the main activity going on here with the comedy.
With every wall a different colour and leopard print stools, The Stand distinguishes itself as a kooky, sharp comedy club that'll make you laugh till you cry. The comedians may make fun of you, in a good natured sort of way, until you're red faced with happy shame so don’t say you weren't warned.
The walls are covered with funny, dark paintings - the largest piece is of a kid in a cowboy outfit pointing a revolver to his head and this image alone sets the general tone of the club.
Very popular for lunch on Sundays despite the overcrowding and tropical temperatures inside The Stand is a young and indie stronghold. Be warned, there is a long queue to order food and drinks just before the show starts. One of the barmen has a cascade of punk green hair, the music is alternative rock oriented and most of the punters prefer vintage clothes to high street fashion.
The club is aimed at 25 to 55-year-olds so there's a mixed crowd. Think outside the box but don’t feel deterred if you don't totally abide by it because in reality, with this being a comedy club, you'll never really be the centre of attention. Not for long anyway.
Cooked on the premises, the food at The Stand is tasty and filling but far from refined. There are no starters or desserts, just half a dozen mains to choose from. Their signature dish is beef chilli and the rest of the short menu is populated by nachos, homemade burgers, potato wedges, ratatouille with couscous and wraps.
Everything is affordable with all dishes between £6 andd £7 with the exception of the nachos. The titanic portion for four people is £11 but you will have eaten for a week.
The Stand is a no-frills establishment across the board so don't expect an elaborate drinks list. There are a dozen wines, cheaply priced at £11 to £16 including a couple of award winning bottles from Australia. The premium sparkling is, unusually, also from Down Under - the McGuigan Est Sparkling Pinot Noir.
You think that beer goes down better with a comedy show? Pick between Heineken, Peroni, Budvar, Hoegaarden, Amstel, Belhaven Best or Old English, all served deliciously chilled.
The Last Word
As soon as you order food and drinks it's time to relax and sit back to enjoy the show. Or stand. Your choice.