Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 70 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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Beer Available At Bow Bar (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Great Heck Chopper , 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%) 82, Elixir ANZAC 2014 , Loch Ness Nesstrovia , Tryst Sherpa Porter 80, Stewart Edinburgh Number 3 55, Fyne Ales Vital Spark 86, Thwaites Magic Sponge 39, Alechemy Five Sisters 83, Scottish Borders Heavy Nettle , Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack 93, Great Heck Stormin Norman 76, Summer Wine Rouge Hop 91, Tyne Bank Cherry Oatmeal Stout 63, Harbour Elderflower Light Ale
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70 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  84%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
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  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 Edinburghís old town. This justifies the search with its interesting selection of cask ales generally in tip top condition poured through traditional gravity fonts.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314  (353) 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  (124) Edinburgh, Scotland | February 1, 2012
Lovely old pub in the middle of Edinburghís 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 donít. 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  (458) 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  (75) 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 havenít been as impressed. I donít 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.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye  (184) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 5, 2013
Staff is not super attentive, but its a nice little pub with a great selection. Really cheap pies, too, if youíre hungry.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
skortila  (153) 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.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine  (707) 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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