Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 72 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Hours: noon-11:30pm

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

Bow Bar (Free)

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Beer Available At Bow Bar (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Great Heck Voodoo Mild 82, Great Heck Chopper , Wild Beer Fresh 87, 8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale 93, 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%) 86, Elixir ANZAC 2014 , Loch Ness Nesstrovia , Tryst Sherpa Porter 80, Stewart Edinburgh Number 3 55, Fyne Ales Vital Spark 86, Thwaites Magic Sponge 41, Alechemy Five Sisters 83, Scottish Borders Heavy Nettle , Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack 93, Great Heck Stormin Norman 76
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72 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  84%
 Service  80%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron  (50) , Czech Republic | August 7, 2013
A mainstay of the Edinburgh beer scene. Situated bang in the city centre with every excuse for being a tourist trap and yet It isn’t. The selection is definitly more cask orientated but they do bring on some very interesting keg beers as well. The clientelle is regulars. The staff are excellent. Very friendly and accomodating with a great ability to deal with the ticks that can occur in seasoned beer drinkers. Great selection. One of the most important pubs in the city.
gunnar  (346) Sandnes, Norway | July 28, 2013
Busy bar in a busy area, with a fine selection af real ales. Service minded personell, and they also know their beers. Recommended +
  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!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye  (184) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 5, 2013
Staff is not super attentive, but its a nice little pub with a great selection. Really cheap pies, too, if you’re hungry.
  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 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)
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
jfb  (131) Freising, Germany | May 30, 2013
Popular traditional bar with a very minimalistic interior. 8 cask ales, good selection and fairly priced, and a few fancy imported (expensive) kegs. Staff is a bit reserved, in accordance with the vibe of the place. Get there early if you want to sit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey  (394) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush  (102) Granollers, Spain | April 12, 2013
Good selection of craft beers from UK and from other countries, good selection of Whiskies.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
MrW  (44) Londerzeel, Belgium | February 11, 2013
Nice bar located in the centre of Edinburgh. A lot of locals, which was a good thing. Warming stove. Poor selection, some internationals. But they flyer with the message "Winter Beer Festival", but like non of the beers were available. Expensive but friendly, fluent, helpful barkeeper.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (615) The ’Sham, England | December 22, 2012
Visited at lunchtime on Saturday 8th Decemeber ’12. 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!

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