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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 69 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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Hours: noon-11:30pm


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


Bow Bar (Free)

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Offbeat Odd Ball Red (4.2%) 49, Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Blonde Beer 46, Steel City / Raw / Shakespeare Unholy Trinity , Alechemy Bowhemia Pale 53, Thistly Cross Jaggy Thistle Medium Dry , Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider (6.9%) 82, Elixir ANZAC 2014 , Loch Ness Nesstrovia , Tryst Sherpa Porter 80, Stewart Edinburgh Number 3 55, Fyne Ales Vital Spark 87, Thwaites Magic Sponge 37, Alechemy Five Sisters 83, Scottish Borders Heavy Nettle , Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack 93, Great Heck Stormin Norman 76, Summer Wine Rouge Hop 91, Tyne Bank Cherry Oatmeal Stout 63, Harbour Elderflower Light Ale , Allendale Simcoe End 22
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69 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
mark1969  (22) edinburgh, Scotland | February 1, 2012
Excellent real bar . The staff knows there product . Also very passionate beer and good service . Overall a place to be for good beer .
96
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
dchmela  (102) Orlando, Florida | July 22, 2007
Visited March 07. This was my favorite pub on my whole vacation this year. Quaint little pub that had a great selection of cask ales and some 140 whiskeys. The bartenders were very helpful and knowledgeable.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
BeeravoreVT  (6) Stowe, Vermont | August 15, 2012
I absolutely love this place! The staff are welcoming, helpful and very knowledgable. Their passion for imbibing and food is very evident. The Tall Font system is still in use and they have a good diverse selection of real ale, mostly focused on the York area. The whiskey selection is well priced, with way too many great options. Basically, you can spend an entire day here and be a very happy albeit drunk person. The staff made my visit to Edinburgh, giving me great places to eat all over the city. I would suggest thie Bow Bar to all.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278  (13) , Scotland | January 23, 2011
I LOVE the Bow Bar. Iíve only been once, and it was late on a Sunday night, about an hour from closing time. I was expecting the staff to be grumpy and unpleasant, but I was pleasantly surprised. They were very happy to discuss beers with me, as were the clientele, and it made for a very pleasant evening. The bar is OLD SKOOL, but amazing. So. Much. Whisky. And the old fashioned taps are a nice touch. I could live here. Well worth a visit.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk  (150) Edinburgh , Scotland | June 6, 2013
This is one of Edinburghs finest bars, Can get very busy, and has the narrowest tables i have ever seen. The Beer selection is Really good and the Quality Excelent. May not be as trendy as any of the grassmarket pubs but youíll be hard pushed to find a decent beer in the grassmarket. Id say a must if your in the area.This is my TOP equal choice of Edinburgh bars (along with Cloisters)
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (71) , 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!
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
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW  (36) Carlisle, England | February 11, 2009
One of my favourite bars in the UK and certainly my favourite in Edinburgh. All Scottish air fonts for dispense, which are a fairly rare thing these days. Around 8-10 draught beers available, all in great condition. Wooden flooring and bench style seating. Fantastic old brewery mirrors on the walls and a superb malt whisky menu to tempt you, should you feel the need to stray from the beer range. Outstanding.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
Rogermoore  (1) Edinburgh, Scotland | June 28, 2007
The barmaid was super hot. Iím glad Iím divorced. What a hot hot hot women. And they do good beer too. It was a saturday luch time when our eyes first met.
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.

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