Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 75 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Hours: noon-11:30pm

Mayor: allmyvinyl (11) | Taps: 8 casks | Bottles: 25

Bow Bar (Free)

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Beer Available At Bow Bar (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Great Heck Porter 59, Great Heck Mount Mosaic , Alechemy Chinook Burst , Hand Drawn Monkey IPA , An Teallach Shenaval Gold , Roosters Der Kaiser 38, Williams Brothers October Zest 62, Great Heck Vanilla Wheat Stout , Alechemy Strachan’s ERA , Speyside Findhorn Killer IPA 51, Sonnet 43 Turn Away From Praise , Sonnet 43 Brown Ale 49, Brodies Bethnal Green Bitter 65, Brodies Shoreditch Sunshine 86, Stewart 80/- 62, Tempest Brave New World 97, Great Heck Voodoo Mild 82, Great Heck Chopper 61, Wild Beer Fresh 87, 8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale 93
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75 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  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 I’d known it’d be easily the best pub I was to come across in Edinburgh/Glasgow/London I would’ve 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.
Rune  (432) Tromsø, Norway | December 8, 2008
Stylish and characterful real ale and whisky pub near the National Library. Excellent selection and fast rotation of seven cask ales, served by classic Scottish air pressure dispense. The real ales are often from smaller and independent breweries. At one of my visits I found Brewdog Punk IPA on cask. Has also got a big selection of Scottish malts. They certainly know how to handle ale and whisky at this one roomed pub. Definitely one of the very best for beer drinking in Edinburgh. Last visited 12.11.2008 with Finn and a few other Norwegians.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Fin  (608) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 16, 2014
Me and Loz visited here on Saturday 15th March 2014. We’ve 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 I’ve 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.
gunnar  (382) 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 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Tarjei77  (1) Nesttun, Norway | August 22, 2013
Great pub, traditional style. Lovely cask ales lovingly served. Nice selection of bottles as well, even one gluten free beer. Staff really friendly.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush  (121) 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 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 20/20
JohnRMurdoch  (306) Glasgow, Scotland | October 4, 2010| Updated July 28, 2012
Very old fashioned traditional Scottish bar with fantastic selection of cask ales & bottled beers. Uses traditional Aitken taps for serving beer and they are well cared for. Quite busy and expensive but well worth a visit. Also has regular beer festivals.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
brewerrated777  (3) | December 17, 2009
Very good beer selection, and very knowledgeable staff in all departments. The whiskey selection is immense! If memory serves me well then theres 4 guest taps and 4 regular taps? Sorry if im wrong! Whiskey i think is close to 200 bottles and there is a slection of wine also. Everytime iv been in which is only a few! The place has been very very busy! The staff will still talk you through a beer, wine, whiskey and are also very helpful in finding something that you would like. Overall a must if you are in Edinburgh!!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Brugmansia  (416) Jylland, Denmark | April 26, 2012
Visited this pub on the Great Graig Pubcrawl Tour 23/4-2012. A small traditionel pub in the area of the castle. Very coisy, and friendly place with great staff, they know their stuff of the beers. Can at times be a bit crowded, and have few seatings with small tables. They serve great pies for lunch. Besides they have a bottle selection as well and a huge whiskey selection.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
andygood  (24) , Italy | June 17, 2010
First pub visted during my week end in Edinburgh. What to ssay: I think it’s quiet and fit to taste different good beers on tap. I had 5/6 pints and shared some opinions about the quality with the people standing at the bar. The atmosphere is real....the beers often change.....I suggest this pub for the high quality and variety of real ales.

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