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Cloisters (Free)
Excellent based on 44 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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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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44 reviews for Cloisters (Free)
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  74%
 Value  71%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  90%
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82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine  (779) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 21, 2010
Rivals the Bow for best beer bar in Edinburgh. Actually beat the Bow on the quality of the selection, overall. High turnovers on the beers. Excellent friendly service in a small pub with a great vibe. Solid single malt list as well.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (773) The ’Sham, England | December 21, 2014
Visited on Saturday 08/12/12 around 4pm. Just a 2 or so minutes walk from the Hanging Bat, Cloisters is a trad pub in an old stone building. Pretty spacious inside, the way the furniture is laid out does not make this place feel cramped. 8 beers on cask during my visit, largely Scottish micros, supplemented with one or two Engels, all in good condition. Lively and friendly Saturday afternoon crowd all in good spirits, service was fine. Decent boozer and well worth a visit before or after the Bat.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes  (681) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 18, 2010
A top spot. They’ve got a good beer list, ever rotating taps. Some nice whiskies, too. Often packed, though, try to visit in off-peak times.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (665) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | May 26, 2012
Another lovely pub situated in a historic building. Great selection and was happy to try some Black Isle beers here. Didn’t get a chance to eat, but was content in filling up on a few beers. During the day was nice and quiet, must get mental during the evenings. Need to return for another visit.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (611) 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (524) Banbury, England | April 26, 2012
This turned out to be our favourite pub in Edinburgh. The church fittings are still pretty obvious, the feeling is of a grander comfort than some of the smaller pubs. The range of beers is terrific from all over the UK. We ate here too, the food being very decent. A must visit for me.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | January 11, 2007
A very impressive building and interior succeed in making you feel at home while you gaze at all the attractive nooks and crannies. People were quite quiet here even though all tables were taken, and most of them by people in their twenties, creating a meditative atmosphere. Food is typical Scottish pub food, hefty portions of heavy foods. The toad in the hole I had (sausages in some kind of dough) was decent and absurdly filling. Not expensive either. Note that they serve meals from 12 to 6pm only. Beer selection was fun and ample too and the bartenders really friendly and knowledgeable. I happened to be staying the Tollcross neighborhood of Edinburgh while visiting, so this pub was an easy walk for me. Otherwise, follow Gazza’s advice and you’ll get there in no time. A fine Scottish pub experience!
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub  (469) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | August 16, 2007
Friendly people, good selection of well-kept cask-ales, relaxed atmosphere - what do You need more after a busy day in Edinburgh ? This is right place to spend the evening...........
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Rune  (432) Tromsø, Norway | December 23, 2008
Outstanding drinking place with an unpretentious atmosphere and lots of pubcos. Visited by different kinds of people. On Sundays guests come from service at the nearby church to have a couple of good pints here. Broad selection of ales, including Hole Grale from Stewart Brewing. Open at 12.30 on Sundays.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey  (424) Croydon, England | May 8, 2013
A rather nice pub with a focus on Scottish ale located on Brougham St. They had Alechemy, Ayr, Stewart, Black Isle and the like on during my visit. Everything that I tried was in good condition. Staff were friendly and helpful. I can’t say there was anything unique on draft when I was there, but I certainly enjoyed my time.

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