An internationally-minded bar with an apparent emphasis on German and Belgian beers. Not much on tap to interest the grizzled RBian. I didnít spend too much time examining the bottle list but wasnít overly impressed by what I saw. Not a bad bar by any means but I would probably recommend checking out other places in Edinburgh before this one.
Fin (960) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 21, 2016
We visited Brauhaus at least three times over the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016, in fact we visited on each separate day, so I guess that one can conclude from that, that we quite enjoyed this bar. Btw the we being me, Dad and Barry. Brauhaus is situated between The Hanging Bat and Cloisters though a two minute walk up Laurieston Place. It is situated on a corner of Laurieston and a Glen Street and for orientation purposes it is probably something like south to south west of the castle and about an 8-10 walk would get you to there.
Itís a very small bar, if you had more than ten in here it would start to feel quite busy Iím sure. The entrance is on a corner with the bar ahead and to your right on entering. The beer list (bottle selection) can be found on a large chalkboard off to the RH side, however the flaw here is that if someone is sat in front of it, it looks like you are being quite rude and just gawping at them, this happened every time we visited, my forgetting to bring my glasses hardly helped in the gawping stakes either. The tap list can be found to the LH side of the bar in a much better position. The bottles are quite wide ranging with many good Belgian offerings and then a good selection of many of the current UK darlings of the Craft scene. On a couple of occasions weíd opted for the Fallen/Holyrood 9A Trainwreck on tap, a lovely 8.5% DIPA. However on our last visit I had dropped onto a favourite regular of mine, namely Buxton Axe Edge, dad had the Magic Rock/Lervig farmhouse pale collaboration.
Inside whilst a little dark and atmospheric, there were big windows on both sides providing some handy people watching opportunities, a pastime I rather enjoy. The bar staff seemed pretty knowledgeable on the beer choice and were keen to offer suggestions. I liked it here, however one downside was the TV screen up high in the corner and to be fair whilst it was only on quiet with 6 Music playing on behind the bar I did wonder if the TV was even necessary. I liked this place and think that while others may beat this hands down on tap choice this scores highly in other areas. Itís a good little bar.
What an amazing place. Small and not very typical british.
I was there just after opening hour on a Thursday. Crowded after 30 minutes...
Not to many on tap but an amazing amount of bottles from all around The World.
Nice friendly and helpfull staff.
Placed a little bit outside the worst touristtrap places.
A friendly, little, four-sided, German inspired, corner bar with some connection to the nearby Ninaís Mini Marked. I couldnít spot any cask ales but quite a few taps serving craft ales from Scottish microbreweries, like Tempest, and a few German weizbier. The bottled beer menu should be the best in town, again with emphasis on Scottish micros and German beers. Cozy, laidback atmosphere, right kind of British rock music and smiling welcoming service. The bar is located in what is now the epicenter for good beer in Edinburgh, within short walking distance to Cloisters, Nina, Hanging Bat and The Blue Blazer. We arrived at Brauhaus late on a Tuesday evening, the bar was busy, but we found two chairs, and stayed for a couple of hours (Visited 06.08.2013).
2014-07-09. Tiny bar, tiny tap list is unexciting. Lengthy bottle list but not much on it that is particularly enticing if you arenít looking for German beers. Probably some appeal for locals but as a North American visitor looking for UK beers itís main appeal was close proximity to Cloisters. Atmosphere is cozy. Server seems nice enough. The room is overly warm for me. Not a terrible bar by any means, but there are far better options for a beer geek visiting Edinburgh.
This previously ground-breaking bar has changed hands a lot of times in the last few years but the latest change seems to be a winner. June 2015 saw a new crew who clearly know how to run a bar, how to angle it clearly and how to stock it with an appropriate range of beers for 2015. I was educated about Scottish beer and beer knowledge generally for 20 minutes without repetition and 95%+ was accurate. Best Scottish brewers (though no BrewDog despite respect), no cask but plenty of bottle-conditioned. Fewer German, more Belgian. Oude Geuze and an Aberdonian tripel, plus quite a lot of stuff I had never heard of - a rarity nowadays. Cleaner than I remember it. Seems to be back on form.
Small corner bar with an amazing beer menu. Lots of interesting ales from all over the world. Multiple large screen TVs so you can choose which match to watch. Close to Ninaís Mini Market & Cloisters. One of the best beer venues in Edinburgh.
cgarvieuk (272) Edinburgh , Scotland | December 31, 2014| Updated December 15, 2015
Large Selection of Interational beers... but there all very standard ones, no Nogne, Mikkeller, Struise , Alesmith, etc.. No rates for me other than obscure lagers.. Nice addtion for the Common Man... dissapointing for the Conisuer.
UPDATE. The Selection here had imporved as the availability of the Big European names has improved in the Country. This can only be a great thing 66-> 76
Alright, so this place is dingy, not a place for a date, but the staff is very knowledgable about beer. This is a beer geek place with a crazy good selection of bottles, including American craft beer if youíre into that. Lots of De Molen. Could have more taps, but the bottle list is amazing.
This bar has a good atmosphere and is mainly a student hang-out but with a reasonable mix. The place is a little cramped but that makes it cosy. The service is friendly and personable. The selection is vast, the best selection of Belgian and German beers in a bar in Scotland - recently this has expanded to include some of the more upcoming internaional breweries alsp. It has the best value for a fine beer bar in Edinburgh and overall, this is a bar that should be visited.