Cloisters (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Cloisters (Free)
Excellent based on 39 ratings
Type: Bar

26 Brougham St
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9JH [ print map ]
0131 221 9997

Hours: Normal pub hours

Mayor: allmyvinyl (11) | Taps: 9 casks |

Cloisters (Free)

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Beer Available At Cloisters (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Alechemy Stella Burst 70, Purple Moose Dark Side Of The Moose / Ochr Tywyll Y Mws 69, Oakham Green Devil IPA 99, Moorhouses Pendle Witches Brew (Cask) 53, Strathaven Duchess Anne Light Ale 25, Strathbraan Look West , Alechemy Carynx Black Saison , Ayr Jolly Beggars 55, Knops Black Cork 93, Offbeat Quirky Kiwi 40, Mikkeller 20 88, Elixir Sugar Lumps: The Revenge , Tiny Rebel XLPA , Thornbridge Lord Marples 69, Abbeydale Black Bishop , Flipside Clippings IPA 44, Anarchy Blonde St*r 54, Beer Works Doctor Mortons Pylon Climber , Alechemy Bowhemia Pale 49, Liverpool Organic Kitty Wilkinson 75
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39 reviews for Cloisters (Free)
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  73%
 Value  70%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (489) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 16, 2014
Me and Loz visited here on Saturday 15th March 2014. This is another bar that we’d been to a few times before with Craig and Stella but on this occasion we were on our own. Cloisters as you might expect is close to a church, I’m not sure of the name of the church or even the area where we were. The bar has lots of wood and appears quite old we both like the spiral staircase. It had a rather stale beer smell today which was one if the only negatives. Whilst there were plenty of taps/handpumps from which to choose, the choice was a little too dominated by Abbeydale beers which are fine but with such a thriving beer scene around now I think by limiting themselves they might be missing a trick. The barman was very good he spotted a beer (already served) on a table and was clearly unhappy with the appearance offering to replace it for another beer which I believe he did in the end. The bar is to the left and in front of you as you enter. I really like Cloisters, however it is clear that competition is really hotting up on the pub/bar front in Edinburgh and I fear that this bar could effectively be left behind by the top choices and become something of a ’best of the rest’ type establishment.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
StoutHead  (21) , Denmark | November 20, 2013
Lovely place with cosy couches. They have a great selection of beer and the staff is very knowledgeable about the beers they’re serving. And they’re not skimping when they pour either. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
danlo  (42) Darlington , England | November 6, 2013| Updated November 9, 2013
Pub located off Lothian Road in central Edinburgh with a traditional looking interior. Good range of cask ales available also some beers on tap, with good service. Can take abit of effort getting through to the bar when busy.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron  (45) , Czech Republic | August 7, 2013
This pub was literally the Cloisters of the church next door I believe. It’s a welcoming pub in Tollcross with an open fire, accomodating staff and a reliably quick turnover of well kept cask ales. The food is excellent and usually incorporates one of the beers on tap. Definitly more cask orientated but youll see some decent kegs and bottle beers in there from time to time. Hanging Bat just up the road is a better ’beer bar’ but as far as proper pubs go, Cloisters has everything I’m looking for. An essential part of Edinburgh’s beer tapestry.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (64) , Northern Ireland | July 15, 2013
one of my favourite pubs in edinburgh
fantastic converted church interior, watch the spiral staircase after you’ve hada few!
great range of cask beers with a couple of keg fonts thrown in for good measure
most recent visit saw them launching scotland’s newst visit.
although quiet,staffwent out of their way to help, texting staff at another pub to find out what was on there
food available, not sampled
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
northropfrye  (163) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 5, 2013
Probably our favourite pub in Edinburgh. No music, no TV, just the sound of lively conversation, as it should be. Oh, and they have a great selection of real ales. Highly recommended.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
cgarvieuk  (151) Edinburgh , Scotland | June 6, 2013
Oh i cant belive ive not rated this. This is now my (work)Local. there a few lunchtimes every week. 9 taps 5 changing and 4 fixed (Stewart Holy grail, Tim Taylor Landlord, Cairngorm Tradewinds,deuchers IPA). Beer always top notch. Very friendly... This is my TOP equal choice of Edinburgh bar (along with the Bow Bar) the 5 Guest Taps Change frequently, through a wide and varied selection Since my original rate way back in 2008...this place has gone from strength to strength, they have removed Landlord, and Deuchers and put in a permenent highland tap, and Stewarts Pendland, theyu have replaced Guinnes with Black Isle Porter and have an occasional range of interesting Keg beers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
jfb  (118) , Germany | May 30, 2013
Small traditional pub just a short walk from the Hanging Bat. Was so full on a Friday afternoon I could barely find a place to put down my glass. 9 cask ales, interesting selection and fairly priced. The bar staff is friendly and talkative.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey  (357) Croydon, England | May 8, 2013
A rather nice pub with a focus on Scottish ale located on Brougham St. They had Alechemy, Ayr, Stewart, Black Isle and the like on during my visit. Everything that I tried was in good condition. Staff were friendly and helpful. I can’t say there was anything unique on draft when I was there, but I certainly enjoyed my time.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
MalcolmTucker  (42) , Scotland | March 12, 2013
Excellent pub for cask beer. It has a good selection and the beer is always in great condition. Staff are knowledgable and friendly.

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