Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 74 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 (10) | Taps: 8 casks | Bottles: 25


Bow Bar (Free)

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Great Heck Vanilla Wheat Stout , Williams Brothers October Zest 62, Alechemy Strachan’s ERA , Speyside Findhorn IPA , Sonnet 43 Turn Away From Praise , Sonnet 43 Brown Ale 49, Brodies Bethnal Green Bitter 63, Brodies Shoreditch Sunshine 86, Stewart 80/- 65, 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, 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%) 83
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74 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 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16  (208) 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 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
JazzPuppy  (1) , Scotland | February 3, 2005
Quaint authentic bar hidden away in Edinburgh’s old town. This justifies the search with its interesting selection of cask ales generally in tip top condition poured through traditional gravity fonts.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf  (144) 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.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome  (44) Somerville, Massachusetts | September 1, 2014
Nice selection both on tap and in bottle, despite their main focus being whisky and not beer. Nice atmosphere but terribly small!
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314  (385) Leiden, Netherlands | August 28, 2012
The essential Edinburgh pub, great beer and service.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb  (131) Edinburgh, Scotland | February 1, 2012
Lovely old pub in the middle of Edinburgh’s home town. The speciality is cask ale and some Scottish and international bottles. They seem to have summer and winter beer festivals and seem to get beers that other bars don’t. Would highly recommend it, though steak pie was a bit small.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (511) Banbury, England | April 25, 2012
Traditional bar close to the tourist masses, it was packed both times we visited. Seemed to be a reasonable choice but it was hard to get to the bar. The beers were in decent nick, the ambiance is friendly. Really is worth a visit.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
lambic  (77) Newton Abbot, England | October 17, 2012
One of the best bars in Edinburgh, usually a good selection of Scottish micros on served via traditional Scottish air pressure.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Kingink  (7) Edinburgh, | September 17, 2012
Used to be my local and the best bar in Edinburgh. However on my last few visits, I haven’t been as impressed. I don’t think the beers are being as well looked after as they used to be.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch  (83) Northwich, England | March 14, 2006
Lovely bar tucked away in the historic Old Town district. Amazing selection of single malt whisky but I was drinking the ales on my visit. Good selection of mainly Scottish ales available.

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