Bow Bar | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar
Excellent based on 84 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Hours: noon-11:30pm

Mayor: AshtonMcCobb (7) | Taps: 8 casks | Bottles: 25

Bow Bar

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Northern Monk / Quantum / Blackjack Black Session IPA , Ticketybrew Wit Bier , Tiny Rebel Loki 94, Marble / Joseph Holtís / Black Jack / Runaway Green Quarter IPA , Titanic 12 Thousand Feet , Jaw Surf , Celt Experience Goddess Of The Spring 80, Black Metal Blood Revenge 64, Loch Lomond Bonnie Ní Blonde 38, Alechemy Malacca Indonesian Long Pepper Black IPA , Scottish Borders Heavy Nettle 48, Traquair 50 , Fyne Ales / De Molen Mills and Hills 98, Elixir Capín Cook Tucoís Revenge , Elixir Capín Cook , Firebrand Black Saison 63, Windswept Tornado California Twist , Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye 65, Redemption Big Chief 84, Townhouse Kiwi Red
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84 reviews for Bow Bar
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing  (382) Oslo, Norway | November 21, 2011
Traditional pub in a fascinating street. Pretty good selection of beer and a very good selection of whiskies. Nice atmosphere.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82  (100) , England | September 5, 2011
A great old skool gem in the heart of Edinburghís tourist area. Exceptional single malt whiskey selection, second to none there. Cask ales were prominent, conditioning was good. Acorn Citra IPA was well conditioned, no chemical residue or other issues, staff were exceptionally polite, beer was flowing and punters were game. This place got very packed very quickly so advise to go early for seats. For value wise itís not too bad. There are some expensive whiskies here yes but they are world class. You pay for what you get as they say. The beer range was good and I was very happy to see a stout in August even though it wasnít actually descent. Acorn Citra was a great relief from a hilly walk and a good example of single hop citra. Good venue and want to go back. Also cool old skool beer signs on the wall but classy not tacky ones.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
hophop  (11) , Scotland | August 12, 2011
Cosy little pub showcasing mainly British cask ales + malt whiskies. Can be a bit crowded with suits after work but very good all the same.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
downender  (323) Bristol, England | June 18, 2011
Visited 7/6/2011. Traditional pub with the walls covered in brewery memorabilia. Decent selection of ales and the barman was friendly and knowledgeable. Fairly quiet mid afternoon on a Tuesday, with a few tourists and lawyers having a quick break from the office. Very good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus  (101) California | February 24, 2011
Quaint little pub, good ale selection, but mobbed on the weekends.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278  (13) , Scotland | January 23, 2011
I LOVE the Bow Bar. Iíve only been once, and it was late on a Sunday night, about an hour from closing time. I was expecting the staff to be grumpy and unpleasant, but I was pleasantly surprised. They were very happy to discuss beers with me, as were the clientele, and it made for a very pleasant evening. The bar is OLD SKOOL, but amazing. So. Much. Whisky. And the old fashioned taps are a nice touch. I could live here. Well worth a visit.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn  (208) Zaandam, Netherlands | November 4, 2010
Very light bar in the center of Edinburgh. Quite crowded, but we managed to get us a seat. Nice selection of cask ales, immense selection of whiskeys, some bottled beers as well. Prices are fairly high for Edinburgh standard (I think), but still reasonable (about 3,80 per pint). Had a nice time here, but I thought the lights were too bright, killed the atmosphere imo.
Oakes  (724) Vancouver, British Columbia | October 13, 2010
Bow is the shit. Ok, the historic dispensation system doesnít really deliver the best pint, but the selection is large and ever-rotating. The whisky list is killer. The atmosphere is brilliant, historic. A must-visit in Edinburgh. Eat at Oink across the street.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 20/20
JohnRMurdoch  (332) 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.
Beershine  (822) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 13, 2010
The rack of whiskeys is so alluring here, itís hard not to stare. I donít 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 itís awesome. This whole little area is cute.

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