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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 67 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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Hours: noon-11:30pm


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


Bow Bar (Free)

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Alechemy Bowhemia Pale 48, Great Heck Stormin Norman 73, 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) 85, 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 , 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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67 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  62%
 Value  71%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine  (698) 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.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere  (651) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007
An excellent little pub, rather authentic with efficient service and a solid selection of 8 casks. More English beers than most amongst the pack, youíll have to look elsewhere for rarer scottish specimen, but with its central location, itís a must in Edinburgh.
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes  (625) 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (554) The íSham, England | December 22, 2012
Visited at lunchtime on Saturday 8th Decemeber í12. Medium sized single room venue, bar to the left as you enter. 8 cask, largely scottish micros including Tryst, Stweart and Hghland Brewing Co on my visit, nearly always one or two English offerings as well. Place was pretty busy so we stood by the bar. Service was prompt and we never had to wait. Have visited the Bow many times, classic trad bar and a must on a visit to the Burgh!
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g  (550) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | May 26, 2012
Impossible not to admire this lovely pub. Interesting cask range, awesome whisky selection and brilliant staff. Popular with locals and visitors alike. Crackiní.
70
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 11, 2007
In this basic, long and narrow pub room you will find 8 cask ales (mostly British in my 2 visits) with lots of seasonals and some rarities. The place is pretty quiet as it canít hold that many people, but it greatly lacks atmosphere, which is why I wouldnít see myself spending a full evening here. If you are a beer geek though, you will get enough real ales to keep you busy for a few hours, and as a visitor to Edinburgh, you will pass through the nearby Grassmarket, so why not pass by and see whatís being served? Iíve only been twice so far, and was rewarded with great selections (Dark Star, Ossett, Harviestoun, etc.) of well-tendered ales both times.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Fin  (495) 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.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub  (456) Bochum, PorķřŪ, Germany | September 6, 2007
Not really what You can call a "cozy" pub, but a quite authentic bar with a large selection of cask ales (and whiskys); in summer they thereís an annual beer-festival with a fine selection of scottish (and english) ales. For those tourists, who donít like these gorgeous british ales, three czech lagers (Urquell, Dark Budvar and Staropramen) are offered regularly. Na zdravi !
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh  (414) Helsinki, Finland | March 2, 2012
8 casks. Lots of bottles. Cozy small pub. Reasonable prices. Nice location. Friendly service. I guess thatís all and thatís also what it takes.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (398) Banbury, England | April 25, 2012
Traditional bar close to the tourist masses, it was packed both times we visited. Seemed to be a reasonable choice but it was hard to get to the bar. The beers were in decent nick, the ambiance is friendly. Really is worth a visit.

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