Bow Bar | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar
Excellent based on 81 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 (6) | Taps: 8 casks | Bottles: 25


Bow Bar

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Redemption Big Chief 89, Townhouse Kiwi Red , Brass Castle Tykeish Delight , Tuatara APA (Aotearoa Pale Ale) 96, Epic Pale Ale 97, Alechemy Budgie Smuggler , Cloudwater IPA 93, Sunny Republic Winter Warmer , Broughton Hopopotamus 40, Hardknott Lux Borealis 50, Mikkeller American Dream 96, Waen Snowball 73, Alechemy Monumental (Octomore) , Loch Lomond Brave Hop 68, Tempest White Light 75, Wild Beer Bibble 87, Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner 84, Drygate Pale Duke 44, SKA Euphoria Pale Ale 89, Fallen Dragonfly 75
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81 reviews for Bow Bar
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  91%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey  (461) Croydon, England | May 8, 2013
Traditional single-room freehouse pub located in old-town Edinburgh. Lots of interesting Scottish micros on cask and a few token Northern English. The bottle selection is compact, but well-chosen. If you like whisky this is also a great place to visit. Really enjoyed it until it started to get very busy, but then again is was a Saturday. Prompt and friendly service. An Edinburgh must-visit.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 9/20
Tonyrony  (26) , Scotland | February 15, 2015
Usually Scottish beers served via founts to a very average quality. Nice bar but poor beer.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666  (21) Edinburgh, Scotland | February 12, 2015
Varied selection of cask beer, all reasonably priced. Has occasional beer festivals where you are likely to see more unusual beers. Friendly staff. Have had pies here before but not entirely sure if they still do food. My only complaint is that most of the time it’s packed in here. Also a big selection of whisky.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 10/20
androman  (35) Maarssen, Netherlands | February 9, 2015
Visited on Saturday late evening. It was very loud and crowded, including some old farts and witches. Card reader didn’t work so needed to go out to pick up cash and we got our beers 10 minutes before midnight. Then we were thrown out 10 minutes after midnight due to closing. Some great local brewers beer on tap, but not the best ales. Didn’t check the bottle selection. Staff was informative but not too friendly, they were probaly fed up of drunk turists and wanted to go home, I understand that. Probably worth a visit on weekdays early afternoon.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
Strebs  (206) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 2015| Updated February 13, 2015
Even though the beer selection takes second precedence to the whisky list, I was always able to find something interesting and top notch over the course of several visits. The only place that would be a more comfortable venue to enjoy a drink or two would be my own living room. The Bow Bar is a treasure. Highly recommended.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
BenH  (21) Edinburgh, Scotland | December 31, 2014
Nice pub, traditional style. Guest beers are mostly cask but in good condition. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Always something interesting on worth drinking and a good selection of whisky for those out-of-town folks.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk  (179) Edinburgh , Scotland | December 31, 2014
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 you’ll 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)
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
soulcougher  (2) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | December 22, 2014
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock  (406) , England | October 29, 2014
Friday 24th Oct 2014: Packed, just enough room to stand at the far end of this thin but fairly long pub. Came here years ago and it was the same: standing room only. Love the thin tables and the beer selection. Friendly place with both tourists and locals vying for a position or seating. Both my cask beers were in good order and the staff both keen and helpful. Mini tourist trap but as mentioned earlier locals frequent the bar as well. Edinburgh is not a cheap place to drink in, so this wasn’t cheap either to a Shropshire beer hunter.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome  (57) Somerville, Massachusetts | September 1, 2014
Nice selection both on tap and in bottle, despite their main focus being whisky and not beer. Nice atmosphere but terribly small!
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa  (71) Järvenpää, Finland | August 29, 2014
Visited 29.8.2014 friday evening. It was extremely crowded and i had to stand and enjoy me beer. Nice tap selection and especially casks. Maybe worth visit, maybe not.

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