Bow Bar (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Bow Bar (Free)
Excellent based on 76 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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Tempest Elemental Porter 90, Great Heck Porter 59, 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 54, 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 61, Wild Beer Fresh 87
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76 reviews for Bow Bar (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  80%
 Selection  75%
 Food  63%
 Value  72%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  90%
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  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.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
soulcougher  (2) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | December 22, 2014
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock  (383) , England | October 29, 2014
Friday 24th Oct 2014: Packed, just enough room to stand at the far end of this thin but fairly long pub. Came here years ago and it was the same: standing room only. Love the thin tables and the beer selection. Friendly place with both tourists and locals vying for a position or seating. Both my cask beers were in good order and the staff both keen and helpful. Mini tourist trap but as mentioned earlier locals frequent the bar as well. Edinburgh is not a cheap place to drink in, so this wasn’t cheap either to a Shropshire beer hunter.
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  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!
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa  (62) Järvenpää, Finland | August 29, 2014
Visited 29.8.2014 friday evening. It was extremely crowded and i had to stand and enjoy me beer. Nice tap selection and especially casks. Maybe worth visit, maybe not.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Jow  (158) New York | August 16, 2014
Came here twice during vacation since it’s so near tourist section and so awesome. Cool ambiance of old word. Nice cask selection with Scottish and English brews. But as a scotch lover this is paradise. Staff was super knowledgeable and found some real whisky gems for me and I mixed it with occasional casks pretty great and prices not bad.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10  (110) , Denmark | July 31, 2014
Small cosy pub with 8 good cask. Friendly service. Good condition. Fair Prices. Very good selection of Whisky.
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs  (314) Toronto, Ontario | July 19, 2014
2014-07-08. Great traditional pub atmosphere. 8 casks and some draft taps today and a pretty solid bottle list of imports as well. server is friendly. fairly quiet on a Tuesday afternoon other than a table of chatty tourists. bartender was friendly and gave accurate descriptions. Great spot, had lunch at Oink across the street.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Splitenz  (36) Oslo, Norway | May 26, 2014
Terrific little pub in wonderful Edinburgh. A fair collection of craft and cask, and some eyewatering whiskeys. I had a lovely time here, but stayed perhaps a bit too long, he he (there are a good few other places nearby you don’t want to miss as well).
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Owl83  (46) Athens, Greece | April 21, 2014
Typical English pub in the Grass market area.Really good selection of whiskeys and a descent line up of mostly local ales on tap.The bottle list was ok too.I liked the ambiance a lot as it gives you the feeling of an old pub combined with good beer.Its near to restaurants and other places to eat and drink as well as shopping.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Fin  (612) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 16, 2014
Me and Loz visited here on Saturday 15th March 2014. We’ve been here a few times before with Craig & Stella but never got around to rating the place. This time we were on our own and visiting fairly early in the day (approx noon) the bar is on a lovely bendy cobbled street and comes across as one of the more historic venues in Edinburgh, certainly that I’ve been to. Its a smallish one room place with the bar on the right hand side and centrally located. There is a lot of wood and old maps on display, the bar has a good selection of beers on tap, in fact it is the dispense method that is very interesting with a brass type lever which is pulled to one side to dispense the beer, quite a rare and unusual type of dispense I gather. Beer choice was good, I had a superb Alechemy Oynx Loz had a Fyne Ales IPA (Hurricane?) There were a few people in here but it was generally a little quiet. It is a nice ambience, relaxed but with a sort of historic classy feel about it. Definately one of my favourite Edinburgh bars.

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