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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Hardknott Lux Borealis 49, Mikkeller American Dream 97, Waen Snowball 71, Alechemy Monumental , Loch Lomond Brave Hop 59, Tempest White Light 76, Wild Beer Bibble 86, Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner 83, Drygate Pale Duke , Sunny Republic Winter Warmer , SKA Euphoria Pale Ale 89, Fallen Dragonfly 73, Tiny Rebel Hank 74, Brass Castle Oatmeal Pale. , Drygate Reflex Red Ale , Pilot Beer Mochaccino Milk Stout 90, Fyne Ales Naughty 78, Fyne Ales Nice 76, Tempest Elemental Porter 90, Great Heck Porter 59
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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 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey  (446) 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.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
Strebs  (199) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 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 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  (16) 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.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk  (154) 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  (389) , 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  (44) 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  (66) 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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Jow  (163) New York | August 16, 2014
Came here twice during vacation since it’s so near tourist section and so awesome. Cool ambiance of old word. Nice cask selection with Scottish and English brews. But as a scotch lover this is paradise. Staff was super knowledgeable and found some real whisky gems for me and I mixed it with occasional casks pretty great and prices not bad.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10  (110) , Denmark | July 31, 2014
Small cosy pub with 8 good cask. Friendly service. Good condition. Fair Prices. Very good selection of Whisky.
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs  (321) Toronto, Ontario | July 19, 2014
2014-07-08. Great traditional pub atmosphere. 8 casks and some draft taps today and a pretty solid bottle list of imports as well. server is friendly. fairly quiet on a Tuesday afternoon other than a table of chatty tourists. bartender was friendly and gave accurate descriptions. Great spot, had lunch at Oink across the street.

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