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

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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 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 , Wild Beer Fresh 87, 8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale 93, Offbeat Odd Ball Red (4.2%) 49
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75 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine  (779) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 13, 2010
The rack of whiskeys is so alluring here, it’s hard not to stare. I don’t even think the back bar is stocked with anything else but whiskey. They basically replace the standard row of commercial spirits with a proud selection of single malts. As for beer...on our first visit the ales were not in great condition unfortunately. But that was mid-week during the day when turnover was probably bad. Returned during the weekend and all were in good shape and several of the taps had changed in a matter of days. The weekend crowd was fun, but certainly not a young or beautiful crowd. They have a decent bottle selection too. Oh! If you like pulled pork sandwiches there is a great little sandwich shop across the street called Oink! Only open during the day but it’s awesome. This whole little area is cute.
84
  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.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe  (77) Amersfoort, Netherlands | April 22, 2010
Nice place to visit. Fair selection. Friendly people. Get some pig across the street! But the pies in here are good too.
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  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
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 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.
84
  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!!
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
jvhemert  (19) Edinburgh, Scotland | November 15, 2009| Updated December 25, 2012
Authentic pub, best known for its selection in Whisky, which is hard to miss as it takes up most of the bar. Always has a good selection of cask ales. Very crowded often, but staff always friendly.
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
trapped  (47) New York City, Turkey | September 24, 2009
Very nice atmosphere with almost exclusively local clientele, despite the location being near the tourist hangouts. No food was available. Eight guest ales were on tap. The inside, the decoration is simple but elegant although the tables were a bit too small (almost the size of stools). I would definitely try to visit the place again.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones  (310) Buffalo, New York | September 23, 2009
probably the best in Edinburgh. 8 casks, some BrewDog bottles. Staff somewhat friendly. Good pub. Beer mail cgarvieuk & have some beers with him, great guy
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo  (72) FØRRESFJORDEN, Norway | September 23, 2009
20.09.2009. The Bow Bar is a small bar. There is no music and the lights are on. I love the atmosphere that creates. I love to sit down and listen to people talking when I try a new beer. The beer selection is pretty good. The man behind the bar was friendly and helped me with beernames and styles. The whiskey selection was eaven greater I think there must have been more than 100 different bottles there. When I visited there was 14 taps, where 8 was casks/guest beers?

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