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.
Nice place off the beaten track. Nice traditional feel to the place and a good range of cask Scottish Micros.
Stopped for lunch and the chips were amazing.
If you’re in Edinburgh pop along to Cloisters. It’s worth the walk
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.
Fin (950) 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.
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.
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.
Oakes (805) 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.
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.
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.
Visited this pub on the Great Graig Pubcrawl Tour 23/4-2012.
This pub is a typical old corner city pub. They have a good variation on both scottish and english beers. Very friendly staff. The place can at times be very crowded, but it defently a place to visit if you go to Edinburgh. Most days they do pub food, but haven´t tried it.
They do have a few bottle beers as well.