Cloisters (Free) | Edinburgh,
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Cloisters (Free)
Excellent based on 43 ratings
Type: Bar

26 Brougham St
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9JH [ print map ]
0131 221 9997

Hours: Normal pub hours

Mayor: allmyvinyl (15) | Taps: 9 casks |

Cloisters (Free)

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Weird Beard Decadence 97, Freewheelin’ Winter Ale , Freewheelin’ Ruby , Freewheelin’ XX Bitter , Freewheelin’ DIzzy Blonde , Freewheelin’ Blonde , Waen Tinderbox , Buxton Rednik Stout 93, Magic Rock Pith Head 58, Oakham The Kraken’s Ink 89, Tryst Raspberry Chocolate Porter , Bad Seed South Pacific Pale Ale 71, Broughton Mad Merlin , Raw Blonde Pale Ale 37, Brass Castle Bad Kitty 86, Hopcraft Sharks Against Surfers , Highland Jack Flag , Revolutions Tin Drum , Tyne Bank Green Hop , Alechemy Strachan’s ERA
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43 reviews for Cloisters (Free)
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  74%
 Value  71%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  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: rammed with happy customers. Friendly, busy staff and good conditioned cask ales makes the mini-scrum at the bar worth it. We found the girls seats and my mate and I stood. Came here years ago and it was the same: very popular with locals and tourists alike, mostly locals on both my visits. Nice bar but too small for the amount of customers it can cram in. A proper drinking bar with character.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete  (85) Ghent, Belgium | September 21, 2014
Visited the bar for lunch. We had a very well made burger with some very good scottisch ales. Friendly service, well chosen beer menu with rotating taps. Worth a visit!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome  (44) Somerville, Massachusetts | September 1, 2014
Nice selection of beers, great prices, and everything can be had in 1/4ths with no markup. Fantastic service.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs  (314) Toronto, Ontario | July 20, 2014
2014-07-09. Nice selection of casks and taps but few I woud rave about tonight. bartender is friendly and seems knowledgable. Cozy, friendly puppy at next table. Atmosphere is very comfortable, lots of wood with a very traditional pub feel, but with just a bit of a cafe infusion as well. We only stayed for one drink here as we had had a big day already but would have liked to have stayed longer.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
cgarvieuk  (150) Edinburgh , Scotland | July 8, 2014
Oh i cant believe ive not rated this. This is now my (work)Local. there a few lunchtimes every week. 9 taps 5 changing and 4 fixed (Stewart Holy grail, Tim Taylor Landlord, Cairngorm Tradewinds,deuchers IPA). Beer always top notch. Very friendly... This is my TOP equal choice of Edinburgh bar (along with the Bow Bar) the 5 Guest Taps Change frequently, through a wide and varied selection Since my original rate way back in 2008...this place has gone from strength to strength, they have removed Landlord, and Deuchers and put in a permanent highland tap, and Stewarts Pentland, they have replaced Guinness with Black Isle Porter and have an occasional range of interesting Keg beers. Children over 5 now allowed with food up till 7pm
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (607) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 16, 2014
Me and Loz visited here on Saturday 15th March 2014. This is another bar that we’d been to a few times before with Craig and Stella but on this occasion we were on our own. Cloisters as you might expect is close to a church, I’m not sure of the name of the church or even the area where we were. The bar has lots of wood and appears quite old we both like the spiral staircase. It had a rather stale beer smell today which was one if the only negatives. Whilst there were plenty of taps/handpumps from which to choose, the choice was a little too dominated by Abbeydale beers which are fine but with such a thriving beer scene around now I think by limiting themselves they might be missing a trick. The barman was very good he spotted a beer (already served) on a table and was clearly unhappy with the appearance offering to replace it for another beer which I believe he did in the end. The bar is to the left and in front of you as you enter. I really like Cloisters, however it is clear that competition is really hotting up on the pub/bar front in Edinburgh and I fear that this bar could effectively be left behind by the top choices and become something of a ’best of the rest’ type establishment.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
StoutHead  (35) , Denmark | November 20, 2013
Lovely place with cosy couches. They have a great selection of beer and the staff is very knowledgeable about the beers they’re serving. And they’re not skimping when they pour either. Great place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
danlo  (54) Darlington , England | November 6, 2013| Updated November 9, 2013
Pub located off Lothian Road in central Edinburgh with a traditional looking interior. Good range of cask ales available also some beers on tap, with good service. Can take abit of effort getting through to the bar when busy.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron  (56) , Czech Republic | August 7, 2013
This pub was literally the Cloisters of the church next door I believe. It’s a welcoming pub in Tollcross with an open fire, accomodating staff and a reliably quick turnover of well kept cask ales. The food is excellent and usually incorporates one of the beers on tap. Definitly more cask orientated but youll see some decent kegs and bottle beers in there from time to time. Hanging Bat just up the road is a better ’beer bar’ but as far as proper pubs go, Cloisters has everything I’m looking for. An essential part of Edinburgh’s beer tapestry.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown  (71) , Northern Ireland | July 15, 2013
one of my favourite pubs in edinburgh
fantastic converted church interior, watch the spiral staircase after you’ve hada few!
great range of cask beers with a couple of keg fonts thrown in for good measure
most recent visit saw them launching scotland’s newst visit.
although quiet,staffwent out of their way to help, texting staff at another pub to find out what was on there
food available, not sampled

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