Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 67 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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Hours: noon-11:30pm


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


Bow Bar (Free)

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Loch Ness Nesstrovia , Summer Wine Rouge Hop 91, Tyne Bank Cherry Oatmeal Stout 63, Harbour Elderflower Light Ale , Allendale Simcoe End 22 , Arbor Winter Stout , 8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale 93, Wild Beer Fresh (Oct 2012) 85, Alechemy Onyx 88, Stewart Edinburgh Number 3 56, Alechemy Bowhemia Pale 49, Stewart Unleash the Beast , Raw JR Best Bitter 41, Stewart Battle of the Brewers 4 Beer X , Titanic Chocolate & Vanilla Stout 84, Alechemy Starlaw , Lytham Winter Gold , Highland / Odell Long Way IPA , Green Jack Old Cock Old Ale 65, Allendale West Coast IPA
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67 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  62%
 Value  71%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
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70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones  (294) 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  (71) 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?
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16  (201) Naperville, Illinois | September 21, 2009
Small but comfortable bar with an extensive and well documented array of whisky and good selection of bottle and draught beers. Definitely a drinking destination as there is nothing else besides the company of your friends and the staff to occupy you here, as it should be! Staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations on whisky and beer. Pricing seemed very fair in the heart of the tourist area.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf  (142) Kolding, Denmark | August 4, 2009
One of two places we returned to. Great, small common room with a rather large bar. A s**t-load of whiskys. 6 casks that change fairly regularly. Very friendly service. I always respect when a barman recommends a competitor, because we wer looking for an excact beer. Good brewdogs in bottle. Nice, cozy place.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
skortila  (143) Baarn, Netherlands | July 13, 2009
Visited suring my vacation in Scotland, September 2008. Cosy bar in the old centre of Edinburgh. has several casks of differen ales. Friendly staff.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW  (33) Carlisle, England | February 11, 2009
One of my favourite bars in the UK and certainly my favourite in Edinburgh. All Scottish air fonts for dispense, which are a fairly rare thing these days. Around 8-10 draught beers available, all in great condition. Wooden flooring and bench style seating. Fantastic old brewery mirrors on the walls and a superb malt whisky menu to tempt you, should you feel the need to stray from the beer range. Outstanding.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Rune  (360) 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.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi  (50) bantervile, England | January 13, 2008
With cgarvieuk. I liked this place all wooden palaling and good old bottles on the walls to look at. Beers in decent nick and 3 ratings for me also from english brewerys which can be rare in edinburgh.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub  (456) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | September 6, 2007
Not really what You can call a "cozy" pub, but a quite authentic bar with a large selection of cask ales (and whiskys); in summer they there’s an annual beer-festival with a fine selection of scottish (and english) ales. For those tourists, who don’t like these gorgeous british ales, three czech lagers (Urquell, Dark Budvar and Staropramen) are offered regularly. Na zdravi !
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere  (651) Montreal, Quebec | September 2, 2007
An excellent little pub, rather authentic with efficient service and a solid selection of 8 casks. More English beers than most amongst the pack, you’ll have to look elsewhere for rarer scottish specimen, but with its central location, it’s a must in Edinburgh.

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