Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 78 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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Hours: noon-11:30pm


Mayor: AshtonMcCobb (13) | Taps: 8 casks | Bottles: 25


Bow Bar (Free)

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78 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  80%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  73%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  91%
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  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn  (193) Amsterdam, Netherlands | November 4, 2010
Very light bar in the center of Edinburgh. Quite crowded, but we managed to get us a seat. Nice selection of cask ales, immense selection of whiskeys, some bottled beers as well. Prices are fairly high for Edinburgh standard (I think), but still reasonable (about 3,80 per pint). Had a nice time here, but I thought the lights were too bright, killed the atmosphere imo.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes  (695) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 13, 2010
Bow is the shit. Ok, the historic dispensation system doesnít really deliver the best pint, but the selection is large and ever-rotating. The whisky list is killer. The atmosphere is brilliant, historic. A must-visit in Edinburgh. Eat at Oink across the street.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 20/20
JohnRMurdoch  (306) Glasgow, Scotland | October 4, 2010| Updated July 28, 2012
Very old fashioned traditional Scottish bar with fantastic selection of cask ales & bottled beers. Uses traditional Aitken taps for serving beer and they are well cared for. Quite busy and expensive but well worth a visit. Also has regular beer festivals.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine  (781) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 13, 2010
The rack of whiskeys is so alluring here, itís hard not to stare. I donít even think the back bar is stocked with anything else but whiskey. They basically replace the standard row of commercial spirits with a proud selection of single malts. As for beer...on our first visit the ales were not in great condition unfortunately. But that was mid-week during the day when turnover was probably bad. Returned during the weekend and all were in good shape and several of the taps had changed in a matter of days. The weekend crowd was fun, but certainly not a young or beautiful crowd. They have a decent bottle selection too. Oh! If you like pulled pork sandwiches there is a great little sandwich shop across the street called Oink! Only open during the day but itís awesome. This whole little area is cute.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
andygood  (24) , Italy | June 17, 2010
First pub visted during my week end in Edinburgh. What to ssay: I think itís quiet and fit to taste different good beers on tap. I had 5/6 pints and shared some opinions about the quality with the people standing at the bar. The atmosphere is real....the beers often change.....I suggest this pub for the high quality and variety of real ales.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe  (77) Amersfoort, Netherlands | April 22, 2010
Nice place to visit. Fair selection. Friendly people. Get some pig across the street! But the pies in here are good too.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Mars63  (3) Edinburgh, Scotland | April 9, 2010
My favourite boozer in Edinburgh. In Scotland for that matter. A lovely quiet haven in the middle of the city with a great (for Edinburgh) selection of cask ales. No jukebox or TV. Lovely
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
mullet  (224) Melbourne, Australia | April 4, 2010
This was the first place I went to last time I was in the UK, and if Iíd known itíd be easily the best pub I was to come across in Edinburgh/Glasgow/London I wouldíve stayed a lot longer! Beautiful single room decorated with beer paraphernalia, but in a very ordered way as opposed to the typical Belgian random junk arrangement. Completely silent, yet it seems totally natural. Folks reading the paper or chatting quietly. Bar guy was very friendly, knowledgable and willing to offer suggestions with the beers. Had a killer pint of Punk IPA and a few other things. Far more interesting and less windy than the castle.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
brewerrated777  (3) | December 17, 2009
Very good beer selection, and very knowledgeable staff in all departments. The whiskey selection is immense! If memory serves me well then theres 4 guest taps and 4 regular taps? Sorry if im wrong! Whiskey i think is close to 200 bottles and there is a slection of wine also. Everytime iv been in which is only a few! The place has been very very busy! The staff will still talk you through a beer, wine, whiskey and are also very helpful in finding something that you would like. Overall a must if you are in Edinburgh!!
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jvhemert  (19) Edinburgh, Scotland | November 15, 2009| Updated December 25, 2012
Authentic pub, best known for its selection in Whisky, which is hard to miss as it takes up most of the bar. Always has a good selection of cask ales. Very crowded often, but staff always friendly.

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