Scotland > Edinburgh
McNeillR (11) , Scotland | January 22, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This places used to be ran as THEE place to go for varied, hard to get, quality international beers - as a front to the infamous Ninaís Mini Market. When "craft" was associated with croqueting and Brewdog were a mere whimper compared to their stature now.
This was backed by a firm "loadsa beers from everywhere" vibe and German football over Premier League football on the TV with a decent fairing on tap.
However, the reigns have been handed over to a new crew and nowadays despite having a foothold in suppliers (Orval and co still feature) the focus has been less on hard to get gear and whatever stock they heldover (plenty of De Molen on the menu and very little in the cellar) from Ninaís round the corner.
The staff in my two recent visits could barely recognise the name of Trappist classics nevermind matching it up to the vast array of "proper glassware" behind them. As a beer bar Iíd expect some grasp of things like this - all for show - but sadly lacking on a few attempts with different staff on different visits.
The taps seem to have gone more towards "tied" lagers and ciders, including Fosters so thereís very little rotation youíre likely to see week in week out now - although the draught selection was never the strong point.
The pub itself is tiny, long bench along the window and a couch has been replaces with a crap dining table and chairs which doesnít yield much more floorspace. Try and stand against the wall near the bar if you want to squeeze in without having to sway for more than the barstaff getting into the cellar. The toilet have been miserable for years.
TVs showing German football bring a decent crowd in, although I donít think theyíve offered hot food (German Sausage" for a few years now.
Plenty of bottled beers in comparison to many pubs of its size offering "craft beer" but sadly their scope for the rich and varied has slipped, whilst their margins havenít. Plenty of better choice and value in the area now - including Ninaís, just around the corner beside Cloisters!
Leighton (654) London, England | January 2, 2015
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
An internationally-minded bar with an apparent emphasis on German and Belgian beers. Not much on tap to interest the grizzled RBian. I didnít spend too much time examining the bottle list but wasnít overly impressed by what I saw. Not a bad bar by any means but I would probably recommend checking out other places in Edinburgh before this one.
BenH (16) Edinburgh, Scotland | December 31, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
This place is ok if you want to try 20 different lagers served by someone who doesnít know what theyíre talking about. Defo a market for such a thing, usually bell-ends. Selection has improved over recent years but the staff still suck.
cgarvieuk (154) Edinburgh , Scotland | December 31, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Large Selection of Interational beers... but there all very standard ones, no Nogne, Mikkeller, Struise , Alesmith, etc.. No rates for me other than obscure lagers.. Nice addtion for the Common Man... dissapointing for the Conisuer.
UPDATE. The Selection here had imporved as the availability of the Big European names has improved in the Country. This can only be a great thing 66-> 76
AGRWOOD (1) , | October 26, 2014
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited during the Oktoberfest season. Bar is pretty small. Selection is quite dull. The women behind the bar didnít understand me when I asked for the hefeweizen on tap - which was very off-putting. Bottle selection is a bit better than what is on tap, but still quite uninteresting - plus local bottle shop have better choices on this front. The look of the bar feels dated and a bit cheap.
Overall very disappointed I wonít be returning - surprised how high it is on the Ratebeer list for Edinburgh
jercraigs (321) Toronto, Ontario | July 20, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
2014-07-09. Tiny bar, tiny tap list is unexciting. Lengthy bottle list but not much on it that is particularly enticing if you arenít looking for German beers. Probably some appeal for locals but as a North American visitor looking for UK beers itís main appeal was close proximity to Cloisters. Atmosphere is cozy. Server seems nice enough. The room is overly warm for me. Not a terrible bar by any means, but there are far better options for a beer geek visiting Edinburgh.
Splitenz (36) Oslo, Norway | May 26, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best times I had in Edinburgh. This small but friendly place had a fine selection of beers, not least German, and a very friendly staff. Lot of student types, some of them German and football. I was served my very first Dogfish Head beer here! Iím staying in the next door hotel again if I ever go back, cause this was a splendid place to have a drink!
StoutHead (38) , Denmark | March 16, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Small place with little seating. Iím glad I was there during the day and not on a weekend evening - I canít imagine how that would be. Limited selection of beers on tap, but luckily lots more on bottle. Decor-wise I have to say that - despite how fun it is to sit and pick out beers youíve tried, from the wallpaper-movif - it really doesnít do the place any favours. I doubt Iíll be back - not because itís bad, but because there are much better places.
danlo (55) Darlington , England | November 6, 2013| Updated November 16, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Smallish bar located near central Edinburgh with an extensive bottled beer list and some beers on tap. Screen showing football and not too busy when visited mid-week.
Rune (432) TromsÝ, Norway | August 21, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A friendly, little, four-sided, German inspired, corner bar with some connection to the nearby Ninaís Mini Marked. I couldnít spot any cask ales but quite a few taps serving craft ales from Scottish microbreweries, like Tempest, and a few German weizbier. The bottled beer menu should be the best in town, again with emphasis on Scottish micros and German beers. Cozy, laidback atmosphere, right kind of British rock music and smiling welcoming service. The bar is located in what is now the epicenter for good beer in Edinburgh, within short walking distance to Cloisters, Nina, Hanging Bat and The Blue Blazer. We arrived at Brauhaus late on a Tuesday evening, the bar was busy, but we found two chairs, and stayed for a couple of hours (Visited 06.08.2013).
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