Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 68 ratings
Type: Bar

80 West Bow
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2HH [ print map ]
0131 226 7667 | twitter

Hours: noon-11:30pm

Mayor: cgarvieuk (10) | Taps: 8 casks | Bottles: 25

Bow Bar (Free)

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Beer Available At Bow Bar (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Alechemy Bowhemia Pale 48, Great Heck Stormin Norman 76, Loch Ness Nesstrovia , Summer Wine Rouge Hop 91, Tyne Bank Cherry Oatmeal Stout 63, Harbour Elderflower Light Ale , Allendale Simcoe End 22 , Arbor Winter Stout , 8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale 93, Wild Beer Fresh (Oct 2012) 84, Alechemy Onyx 88, Stewart Edinburgh Number 3 56, Stewart Unleash the Beast , Raw JR Best Bitter 41, Stewart Battle of the Brewers 4 Beer X 66, Titanic Chocolate & Vanilla Stout 84, Alechemy Starlaw , Lytham Winter Gold , Highland / Odell Long Way IPA , Green Jack Old Cock Old Ale 65
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68 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  76%
 Food  62%
 Value  71%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Owl83  (36) Athens, Greece | April 21, 2014
Typical English pub in the Grass market area.Really good selection of whiskeys and a descent line up of mostly local ales on tap.The bottle list was ok too.I liked the ambiance a lot as it gives you the feeling of an old pub combined with good beer.Its near to restaurants and other places to eat and drink as well as shopping.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Fin  (497) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 16, 2014
Me and Loz visited here on Saturday 15th March 2014. Weíve been here a few times before with Craig & Stella but never got around to rating the place. This time we were on our own and visiting fairly early in the day (approx noon) the bar is on a lovely bendy cobbled street and comes across as one of the more historic venues in Edinburgh, certainly that Iíve been to. Its a smallish one room place with the bar on the right hand side and centrally located. There is a lot of wood and old maps on display, the bar has a good selection of beers on tap, in fact it is the dispense method that is very interesting with a brass type lever which is pulled to one side to dispense the beer, quite a rare and unusual type of dispense I gather. Beer choice was good, I had a superb Alechemy Oynx Loz had a Fyne Ales IPA (Hurricane?) There were a few people in here but it was generally a little quiet. It is a nice ambience, relaxed but with a sort of historic classy feel about it. Definately one of my favourite Edinburgh bars.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty  (209) Uppsala, Sweden | February 3, 2014
Superb place thatís full of atmosphere. I wish this place was my local. Itís a bit on the small side, but that only adds to the atmosphere. There is an excellent selection of beers (in keg and cask) from all over the UK.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
jorge76  (71) , Italy | December 12, 2013
traditional pub just off the royal mile and grassmarket. simple interior in a single room and a medium size bar dispensing 8 cask beers by the traditional scottish air pressure way..the staff is friedly but sometime a bit strict serving drinks to the people already on the way to be drunk..great selection of whiskies at reasonableprices
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
danlo  (42) Darlington , England | November 6, 2013
Pub located near the Grassmarket in the centre of Edinburgh. Traditional fairly simple interior, central bar with a wide selection of ales and whiskeys. Good atmosphere & service but can get very crowded.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Tarjei77  (1) Nesttun, Norway | August 22, 2013
Great pub, traditional style. Lovely cask ales lovingly served. Nice selection of bottles as well, even one gluten free beer. Staff really friendly.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron  (46) , Czech Republic | August 7, 2013
A mainstay of the Edinburgh beer scene. Situated bang in the city centre with every excuse for being a tourist trap and yet It isnít. The selection is definitly more cask orientated but they do bring on some very interesting keg beers as well. The clientelle is regulars. The staff are excellent. Very friendly and accomodating with a great ability to deal with the ticks that can occur in seasoned beer drinkers. Great selection. One of the most important pubs in the city.
gunnar  (324) Sandnes, Norway | July 28, 2013
Busy bar in a busy area, with a fine selection af real ales. Service minded personell, and they also know their beers. Recommended +
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (64) , Northern Ireland | July 15, 2013
another fantastic edinburgh pub with historic (listed?) features like air pressure beer pumps.
helpful staff happy to serve thirds when asked
keg and cask selection always interesting, withspecial beer events/ festivals all year round
rightin citycentre so no excuse not to visit!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye  (163) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 5, 2013
Staff is not super attentive, but its a nice little pub with a great selection. Really cheap pies, too, if youíre hungry.

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